August 28 2014
Mandates, International Work
Edi, a widow in Kpalimé, Togo, owns a shop surrounded by an assortment of street front vendors selling fruit and clothes. But Edi’s story does not fit with some people’s assumptions about the materially poor. She supports herself by running a successful hairdressing business, and she has led almost 100 vulnerable women to Christ.
Several years ago, Chalmers’ local Togolese partners trained Edi in Restore: Savings, equipping
August 12 2014
You call us to “run with endurance the race set before us,” rooting our hope and strength in Christ’s perfect life, sacrificial death, bodily resurrection, and triumphant reign (Hebrews 12:1-2, ESV). But we confess that we often let the weariness and frustrations of the world breed an attitude of apathy in our hearts. We are humbled and convicted by the example of our brothers and sisters
July 30 2014
Mandates, US Church Training
The evening consisted of juggling financial decisions, dealing with unexpected crises, and trying to avoid scam artists. Baby dolls, Monopoly-like money, and mock eviction notices all took on immense importance as residents of Chattanooga, TN learned about the obstacles facing low-income people in the U.S.
The Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE), which was cohosted by the Chalmers Center and Think Tank, Inc., was part simulated game, part interactive learning program. Participants
July 14 2014
The fruit in our lives bears witness to the state of our hearts, and our love for one another marks us as Your disciples (Matthew 7:16-17, John 13:35). Let us rejoice that the Spirit is at work, making us into Your likeness. But let us never grow complacent. Let Your love and grace lead us to obedience and participation in Your transformation in our lives, working out our salvation with fear
June 30 2014
“The numbers are incredible,” explains Brian Fikkert, coauthor of When Helping Hurts. “Literally millions of people participate in short-term mission trips each year to the tune of billions of dollars. We have a hard time even conceptually understanding what a billion is.”
The sheer scale of short-term missions (STMs) has left church and ministry leaders asking hard questions about the effectiveness of these trips. What is the long-term