As I stated yesterday, each day this week I want to tell about a different microeconomic or simlar project in developing countries. I believe churches should think about investing in these, especially when solid CHristian organizations are involved, rather than just throwing money at these countries the way it has been done in the past decades with little result.
Today's example sounds a bit strange. But, I've heard this from so many, both here in the west and those in the developing countries. Here is what they're saying.
"Stop sending stuff to us! Stop sending surplus food and clothes."
Why, we might ask?
"Because it's putting our farmers and tailors out of work. They cannot compete with this free stuff that then is sold by wealthy middlemen and corrupt government officials. Instead, send is medicines and technology and teach us how to use these things. Give us money for seed. It's hot in Africa. Why would we want your old winter clothes anyway?"
The church must listen to the people - and a good way to do this IMO is connecting with legitimate churches in Africa. BY legitimate I mean those with leaders that care about their poeple, not the ones who are led by pastors interested in enriching themselves.
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