As we do development work, the theology of the church tells us that we primarily need to focus on the assets and strengths of the community not just their needs. What we need to remember is that God is already at work in the lives of the people of the community. Again we should be prayerfully asking, “Where is God already at work?” and go there.
Secularism says resources are always limited. God is never limited. Development is more about discovering and exploring God’s world than merely trying to help people survive. It’s about creating new resources, not redistributing scarce ones.
“Where is God already at work?” ... go there.
We should be finding organizations that are already working in the community and see if a partnership is viable. Most government leaders have desires of transformation for their communities. We can help them move from mostly a political agenda to a godly perspective. The strategy begins by talking to people and asking them what their hope is for the community. Mapping helps the community understand themselves and leverage the good things that are already present.
We are not trying to “fix” anyone, we just focus on transformation with hope.