In Exodus 4:2, God encouraged Moses to use what he had in his hands. Samaritan’s Purse is following this example, by providing training to local churches they encourage the poorest, most vulnerable families to recognise what they already have, rather than what they do not have.
Church Action Groups, biblically envisioned by Samaritan’s Purse, act as catalysts for change by helping families to develop the skills and resources they will then need to bring about lasting change with what they have. Over time, hearts, mind-sets and whole communities are changed forever. At Samaritans Purse, we call this ‘Raising Families’.
Through this practical application of the Gospel, taught by their local church, the most vulnerable families’ futures are being transformed, bursting out of poverty into the fullness of life, all whilst being encouraged to establish a living, personal relationship with their heavenly Father.Give Today
Those who are poor are made in the image of God, having dignity, knowledge, abilities and resources. Because of its presence among the poor, the local church is in a unique position to restore their God-given dignity.
For the first time, the eyes of the poor are opened to what God has placed in their hand - land, animals, plants, time, or skills - they give it to the Lord to bless and use.
By enabling people to do things for themselves, people rediscover their self-worth and learn new skills, as well as how to put existing skills and resources to work in a new way.
Over time, hearts and mind-sets change and whole communities become able to provide for themselves.
In a single month, 450 vulnerable people came to know the Lord Jesus through Raising Families. Transformed churches are transforming lives.
However, through Raising Families and a transformed local church, together we can be part of something special and bring physical and spiritual transformation to hurting families through the power of Jesus Christ.
Vulnerable families who participate in a Raising Families programme realise tangible outcomes and benefits either through their own efforts and using their own resources, or through resources shared or provided by others in their community. Typical benefits include:
Thanks to you and your support, these tangible benefits are made possible.
Together we are Raising Families in Swaziland, Rwanda, Uganda and Central Asia