2 Chad, A Country of Spiritual and Physical Need Helping the urban poor should be a priority for Christians as we demonstrate Christ’s love and compassion in the world. It is even more urgent when those poor are brothers and sisters in Christ.
3 Population: 6.8 Million Average Annual Income: $700 Live Expectancy: 47 Years Four decades of civil unrest Short growing seasons bring famine months each year.
What are we doing to alleviate the lowest standard of living in the world? 4 Chadian Christians are without many of the basic necessities of life.
5 We believe the best way to help Chadian Christians is with vocational training. Training for employment is the answer to poverty elimination.
6 Helping Christians Grow Churches in the Republic of Chad
7 We want the African church to be indigenous. We helped to plant it, now we expect it to grow and develop in its cultural context. What’s wrong that they don’t seem to catch the vision? A main reason is their poverty. We must seek ways to empower churches for development and ministry in the poverty of urban Africa. We need to facilitate vocational training and employment for Christians.
8 48% of the population in Chad is under 15 years of age. Poverty in Africa 80% of the population is below the poverty line.
A functional economy is essential for social structure and social survival.
Employment is essential to personal survival in the society. (1 Thes. 4:11-12)
Employment of church members is essential toindigenousministry survival.
Indigenous ministry must be self supporting.
10 Economy and Survival Since societies are integrated systems of institutions, each institution must do its part. Through LIAI it is served by the economy of enterprise: Gov’t – Edu – Econ– Rel – Family Ministry Survival Personal Survival
11 Economy and Survival Poverty in local cultures can be helped by evangelical missions and NGOs like Love in Action. They must help people help themselves: providing vocational training, micro economic development, business as mission, etc. This results in contextualized economic development among committed Christians.
12 Love in Action International Employment and Vocational Training for African Christians Enterprise for Vocational Development
13 Vocational and Ministry Training Through Business Tailoring Construction Bicycle Mechanics Metal Fabrication Computer Training Micro Economic Development
14 Vision Principles of Love in Action International
The church in the 2/3 world is crippled by poverty and Christianity in the West has a responsibility to help.
Authentic relationships with God through Christ are foundational to successful self-help programs among poor peoples.
be committed to the vision of LIAI and hard work.
17 Vision Principles of Love in Action International
The purpose of LIAI is to empower local churches. Local churches are central to the vision but not owners of the businesses.
Local opinion leaders must advise the cultural aspects of the projects.
Enterprise for Vocational Development
18 MarketPotential Criteria: Every Enterprise for Vocational Development Must Meet One or More of the Following Criteria: High Demand/Volume Product High Demand Skills Outsider Skills in Demand Rare Product with Fixed Niche Felt Need Satisfaction Quality Niche Outside Market Availability
19 A Local Business with a High Demand Product and Outsider Skills LIAI Metal Fabrication Shop
20 A Market Driven Product for Each Context Instructor and Four Apprentices LIAI Metal Fabrication shop Trainees
21 Future Metal Fabrication Products Tricycle for the Handicapped A Rare Product with Fixed Niche and Felt Need Satisfaction
41 A Marketable Product High Volume Felt Need Satisfaction, Quality Niche, Outside Market
42 Using Every Opportunity Instructor in Construction and Evangelism
43 Construction Teams are Trained to bring in high demand, outsider skills to fit a quality niche.
44 Bridges to Keep Roads Open to Medical help Construction for Community Health and Development Medical Dispensaries
45 Construction for Church Development Bessao Bible School
A vision for enabling the national church and their participation in it Market potential for the training business (seven criteria) Finding African experts or outsiders with expertise for training nationals African structure and resources for the venture 46 The Necessary Elements of Vocational Training for the African Church
47 The Necessary Elements of Vocational Training for the African Church Respected, influential Africans committed to the venture who can give cultural advice Apprentices with an authentic faith, an aptitude for the training and African business Enterprise for Vocational Development
Prayer Pray for African brothers and sisters in urban centers with no means of supporting their families or churches. Pray about becoming part of training Africans for employment to empower local churches. Pray about helping with Micro Economic Development Projects in the country of Chad, Africa. 48
Involvement Community Needs Research Project Design and Implementation Counsel and Encouragement for Host Nationals Leading Projects Short-Term Teams for help and Encouragement 49
50 Vibrant Self-Sustaining Churches in Africa EVD
51 Love in Action International: using business for church development in Africa Enterprise for Vocational Development
52 Thank you for taking time to view this presentation of Love in Action International, Inc. Please consider how God may want you to participate in the lives of brothers and sisters in Chad who are often in desperate situations and always in need of employment for day to day needs. Employment will strengthen the churches as people are able to participate in the ministries to support them. This includes hiring a pastor, sending students to Bible school to become pastors and evangelists, sending missionaries to unreached tribes, building shelters for church services, and helping the poor among themselves. Dr. Tom Stallter President and CEO