An International
Development
Strategy

October 2014

Fashion Design--A Way Out Of Poverty? (Oct 31 '14)

Recently six of our child sponsorship program moms began classes on how to design new clothing.  Through a project funded by Exodus, Hope In View's Czechoslovakian partner, they are learning how to create new patterns and flesh them out into stylish and saleable goods.   Many of the moms of our sponsored children were beggars, widowed or abandoned by their husbands because of their HIV status. When their children got sponsored and their families began getting enough to eat, their lives began to stabilize. Key to this was their required participation in small groups,... [more]

From Begging to Saving (Oct 6 '14)

"My name is Desta* and I am 7 years old. My mother's source of income is begging, and I begged with her for a long time. But when I joined Hope In View's sponsorship program, I stopped begging and began school. Now I am in the second grade. My grades are good...." That is just half the story. Desta's mother, Meseret,* has been attending a small group every two weeks, as required for all the parents of the 108 children in our sponsorship program. There she has made friends-a valuable commodity in a harsh city-and is learning about God's love, taking care of her own health, and parenting. She... [more]

We Built It Ourselves! (Oct 6 '14)

In an area of western Ethiopia where people have been poor and dependent as long as they can remember, the village of Rafiso Alenga is tasting the heady wine of self-funded accomplishment. Eight years ago a few villagers heard about Jesus and forsook their witch doctors. Ecstatic at their new freedom from spiritual oppression, they told others. The church that resulted began to grow. Its leaders, trained by our co-workers, formed them into small groups which met in their huts during the week. There everyone had the chance to talk about their lives, discuss what the Bible had to say about... [more]

Thoughts about Church Development in Ethiopia (Oct 1 '14)

THE SITUATION • Evangelism and rapid church growth are taking place in all sectors of Ethiopian society. Most evangelical Ethiopian churches have given these high priority. In fact, thousands of people from many religious backgrounds are coming to identify themselves as followers of Jesus. Outsiders invest heavily in these activities. • There are many seminaries and Bible schools throughout Ethiopia. Therefore, training for Christian leadership is widely available. • While evangelism is going forward, there is also definite, although low-level, persecution from other religious... [more]