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A widow in a local microfinance group I facilitated in Bolivia. We shared the pain of bereavement and the joy of living forward.

Fear is the Opposite of Generosity


What now? May 20, 1998. Fifteen years ago today my world rebooted. It shut down catastrophically when a bus lurched off the roadway and crashed into a 1,000-foot-deep ravine in rural Bolivia. I was a 25-year old missionary on that bus. My young wife was with me.  Out of the blackness, the world began to […]

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Keep it real. People are people. Don't ever look down on the people you serve.

The Fifth Principle of Community-Based International Development


Since you don’t have the power to steer a community, don’t pretend you’re at the helm. Since people with self-respect resist arrogant generosity, make sure to operate at eye-level. Since, unlike us, God does have the power to transform a community, we should be interceding passionately on its behalf. This is the fifth post of […]

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