community development

There’s no such thing as the “deserving poor”

by Craig Greenfield on February 18, 2016

My neighbors were evicted. I came home to find their worldly belongings – a couple of dirty sheets, a filthy pink pillow and assorted clothing – piled in a puddle outside my front door. They had previously been living crammed together in one of the tiny, windowless rooms that line our alleyway. Apparently our landlord […]

{ 18 comments }

How to partner with a poor church without screwing everything up

by Craig Greenfield on September 15, 2015

Partnering directly with poor churches is a promising way to do mission for affluent churches. Skip the middleman and Go Direct is the mantra of this internet age. I personally like the idea of this approach because of the possibility it holds for real, long-term, mutual relationships to emerge between rich and poor. But if you’ve […]

{ 42 comments }

Don’t Shun the Small Things

by Kelley Nikondeha on September 19, 2014

SmallBlue

Often in community development work we focus on the big things – the massive ideas that will transform the local economy, the construction of classrooms or strategies for improving local human rights. The challenges are not small, so our work efforts expand to meet the needs – we make our best, biggest attempt, anyways. Today […]

{ 10 comments }

A Land Flowing with Milk & Honey

by Kelley Nikondeha on April 23, 2014

View More: http://tinafrancis.pass.us/africa2013

The dark-soiled land was rich with promise. As they stood on the property line looking across the verdant valley carpeted with cabbage and hills of slim trees whispering with the breeze, the 30 Batwa families could scarcely believe this was their new home. Each man had a plastic grocery bag with the family’s belongings – […]

{ 6 comments }