What if dependency is a good thing?

What if we decided that dependency could be a good thing? What if, from the very beginning of working with people in relief and development ministry projects we saw dependency as potentially positive? Of course, we don’t mean dependency on us the outsiders, but the community being dependent on each other and ultimately, God. What […]

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3 Ways to Avoid Dependency

When we work in ministry and mission projects cross culturally, it is easy to create dependency. For instance, when we attempt to help a struggling pastor overseas, we can be moved with compassion but actually do more harm than help. We provide “things” for him and his family, but in the process, we create friction […]

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6 Forms of Harmful Dependency (Part 2)

In our previous blog, we began talking about harmful forms of dependency that manifests itself in our paternalistic tendencies. We cited When Helping Hurts by Corbett and Fikkert and their list: resource, spiritual, and knowledge paternalism. This blog post focuses on the next two types listed by Corbett and Fikkert with an additional one that […]

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6 Forms of Harmful Dependency (Part 1)

Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert wrote an excellent book entitled When Helping Hurts. It was written for the church, especially the church in the United States, to address the issue of how to alleviate poverty without hurting those we intend to help as well as hurting ourselves. Corbett and Fikkert talk about an often hidden […]

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Red Flags in Community Development Projects

The word “dependency” carries a negative connotation in the development/ministry world. It is considered “bad” and something to absolutely avoid. For the next few weeks, we are going to learn about dependency: what is it, how do we avoid it, and do we always need to avoid it? What is dependency? Harmful dependency begins when […]

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Lessons I Learned from Farmers in Developing Countries

We’re winding down our posts regarding agriculture and farming systems. In no way have we been comprehensive on this topic and will return to it by and by. But before we go, I want to talk about a word of concept that is many times overlooked by those of us from the west trying work […]

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Animals are Great!

We’ve discussed briefly the changes that we can help a farm family make to increase their production of food and income mainly through cropping. But a very popular and potentially quicker way to boost a farmer’s overall worth is through animal systems. An example would be raising a small herd of goats that could exist […]

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4 Agriculture Strategies for Income Generation

Many people and communities around the world still produce their own food or derive their income from agriculture practices- read our introduction (Are Agriculture Strategies still Relevant?) for more information. It is common for families to grow their food and produce a lot of the goods they need (fiber for clothing, wood for building materials, etc.). They […]

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Are Agriculture Strategies Still Relevant?

Contrary to a common saying, one of the true oldest professions in the world is agriculture or farming. While our forefathers and foremothers depended on hunting and gathering, some of the earliest records of humanity point to sedentary societies engaged in domestication of animals and propagation of plants – hence agriculture. Today’s world is urbanizing […]

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Putting It All Together: Community Development Summary

We’ve proposed that community development is more of a process than anything else. It’s the process in which a community become more aware of the problems within their community, understands the problem’s causes and effects, identifies feasible and achievable solutions to said problem, develops a plan of attack to solve that problem, and then implements […]

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