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From: Holistic development – Footsteps 53

What should the role of the church be in development?

by James Harvey.

Christian values and thoughts are desperately needed within development work and should run like a thread through the whole process of our work. Our lives tell a story. Christians have been described as the 67th book of the Bible. People read our lives, our words and our actions and draw conclusions about our faith from them.  The way we live our lives declares whom we love and on whom we depend. We are all witnessing all the time. 

Here are some useful ideas for us to consider when assessing our lives and our commitment to holistic change. Try reflecting on just two or three of these each day, either on your own or with colleagues.

In our work

In our actions

In our beliefs

In our personal lives

If you haven't managed to meet all of these yet, don't be surprised, none of us has! But don't give up, either - keep persevering! God's strength and grace are enough to pick us up each time we fall short.

Adapted from the book Christian Wholistic Development by CRUDAN.  James Harvey has recently completed two years working with CRUDAN in Jos, Nigeria. This book is shortly to be published and is also available in electronic format - see page 14. 


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