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  • 1. Incarnational StrategyIncarnational Strategy
  • 2. Incarnational StrategyIncarnational Strategy We need to build significantWe need to build significant relationships with the poor.relationships with the poor. – The poor are not simply “souls” to beThe poor are not simply “souls” to be evangelized and needingevangelized and needing membership in a church.membership in a church. – They are not also problems to beThey are not also problems to be solved or complex developmentsolved or complex development agenda that needs a strategicagenda that needs a strategic program.program.
  • 3. Incarnational StrategyIncarnational Strategy The poor are created in God’sThe poor are created in God’s image who need the basic thingsimage who need the basic things in life and also desire for thein life and also desire for the lasting and unseen values oflasting and unseen values of God’s kingdom.God’s kingdom. More Importantly, the poor haveMore Importantly, the poor have a special place in God’s heart.a special place in God’s heart.
  • 4. Incarnational StrategyIncarnational Strategy To build significantTo build significant relationships with the poor is torelationships with the poor is to – listen to themlisten to them – be genuinely concern with the affairsbe genuinely concern with the affairs of their life.of their life. – To give value to their feelings, ideasTo give value to their feelings, ideas and perspective about life no matterand perspective about life no matter how trivial and unimportant they mayhow trivial and unimportant they may appear to us.appear to us.
  • 5. Incarnational StrategyIncarnational Strategy To recognize and giveTo recognize and give attention to their silent voiceattention to their silent voice which is often unheard,which is often unheard, ignored and marginalized byignored and marginalized by society.society.
  • 6. Incarnational StrategyIncarnational Strategy And because the poor are ofAnd because the poor are of value, we take time to visitvalue, we take time to visit them – regularly, to the pointthem – regularly, to the point where they anticipate andwhere they anticipate and long for our presence.long for our presence.
  • 7. Incarnational StrategyIncarnational Strategy We take time to listen toWe take time to listen to their stories before we sharetheir stories before we share our own. We listen to theirour own. We listen to their feelings and thoughts onfeelings and thoughts on anything and everything.anything and everything.
  • 8. Incarnational StrategyIncarnational Strategy In between, we may shareIn between, we may share laughter or a tear; a smile or alaughter or a tear; a smile or a stare; a hug or a pat on thestare; a hug or a pat on the back. We share the little that weback. We share the little that we have – food, crafts, etc. Andhave – food, crafts, etc. And receive with gratitude thatreceive with gratitude that which was shared to us as well.which was shared to us as well.
  • 9. Incarnational StrategyIncarnational Strategy Yes the poor are also rich in manyYes the poor are also rich in many ways. Our time with them shouldways. Our time with them should allow these riches to surface andallow these riches to surface and be affirmed – allowing ourselves tobe affirmed – allowing ourselves to be blessed by them in their ownbe blessed by them in their own way is a gift to the giver. Certainlyway is a gift to the giver. Certainly a prerequisite for this is to allowa prerequisite for this is to allow ourselves to be vulnerable andourselves to be vulnerable and wanting.wanting.
  • 10. Incarnational StrategyIncarnational Strategy To visit them is not simply toTo visit them is not simply to follow up on the lessons of thefollow up on the lessons of the week, to check on their tasksweek, to check on their tasks and oversee the progress theyand oversee the progress they have made.have made.
  • 11. Incarnational StrategyIncarnational Strategy To walk with the poor is toTo walk with the poor is to allow ourselves to becomeallow ourselves to become Jesus’ flesh – giving theJesus’ flesh – giving the Gospel message a concreteGospel message a concrete expression where theexpression where the seemingly abstract becomesseemingly abstract becomes clear and plain – love in action.clear and plain – love in action.
  • 12. Incarnational StrategyIncarnational Strategy The concept of counselorsThe concept of counselors walking with the poor affirmswalking with the poor affirms the need for a sojourner in life.the need for a sojourner in life. Transformation is never doneTransformation is never done alone. Companions are criticalalone. Companions are critical part and process ofpart and process of transformation.transformation.
  • 13. Incarnational StrategyIncarnational Strategy The counselors are really co-The counselors are really co- pastors and partners of pastorspastors and partners of pastors in discipling the participants toin discipling the participants to learn the way of the Kingdom –learn the way of the Kingdom – that is to align all areas of theirthat is to align all areas of their lives in the centrality of God’slives in the centrality of God’s reign or Jesus Lordship.reign or Jesus Lordship.
  • 14. Incarnational StrategyIncarnational Strategy The key is living out Jesus inThe key is living out Jesus in flesh and blood (incarnation)flesh and blood (incarnation) and thus, exemplify what livingand thus, exemplify what living in the Kingdom means.in the Kingdom means.
  • 15. 3 C’s FOCUS of iHELP3 C’s FOCUS of iHELP
  • 16. 3 C’s FOCUS of iHELP3 C’s FOCUS of iHELP CONNECTCONNECT –build trusting relationshipbuild trusting relationship –listenlisten to their currentto their current experience and how the FDSexperience and how the FDS lessons are bearing fruit inlessons are bearing fruit in their lives.their lives.
  • 17. 3 C’s FOCUS of iHELP3 C’s FOCUS of iHELP CONNECT (cont’d..)CONNECT (cont’d..) –Pay attention to their questionsPay attention to their questions and issues, their joy and sorrow.and issues, their joy and sorrow. –beingbeing presentpresent w/ the participants,w/ the participants, in flesh and blood and in soul andin flesh and blood and in soul and spirit. They simply comespirit. They simply come alongside with the participants’alongside with the participants’ 5yr journey and hopefully beyond.5yr journey and hopefully beyond.
  • 18. 3 C’s FOCUS of iHELP3 C’s FOCUS of iHELP In connecting they naturally show theIn connecting they naturally show the life of Jesus. They model thelife of Jesus. They model the incarnated life of Jesus. It isincarnated life of Jesus. It is inevitable that the participants willinevitable that the participants will notice and be influenced by the waynotice and be influenced by the way they live as the participants watchthey live as the participants watch them and consider how to live in thethem and consider how to live in the Kingdom (see Phil 3:17).Kingdom (see Phil 3:17).
  • 19. COACHCOACH –to guide the participants into guide the participants in implementing and integrating theimplementing and integrating the FDS lessons.FDS lessons. –involves interacting with theirinvolves interacting with their issues and questions.issues and questions. 3 C’s FOCUS of iHELP3 C’s FOCUS of iHELP
  • 20. COACH (cont’d..)COACH (cont’d..) –Giving suggestions & directions.Giving suggestions & directions. –Reviewing the lessons of theReviewing the lessons of the past month as well as creating apast month as well as creating a sense of anticipation for the up-sense of anticipation for the up- coming month’s lesson.coming month’s lesson. –TheyThey ask questionsask questions more thanmore than giving advice.giving advice. 3 C’s FOCUS of iHELP3 C’s FOCUS of iHELP
  • 21. CARECARE –To extendTo extend encouragementencouragement andand support.support. –Their visit already says a lot.Their visit already says a lot. –They will offerThey will offer prayerprayer.. –They will share a verse relevantThey will share a verse relevant to the situation…withoutto the situation…without becoming churchy in theirbecoming churchy in their language.language. 3 C’s FOCUS of iHELP3 C’s FOCUS of iHELP
  • 22. In caring, the participantsIn caring, the participants need to feel that they areneed to feel that they are now part of anow part of a communitycommunity ofof people who love them.people who love them. 3 C’s FOCUS of iHELP3 C’s FOCUS of iHELP
  • 23. You can email your resume:You can email your resume: tagapayo@gmail.comtagapayo@gmail.com Join our Facebook group acct:Join our Facebook group acct: iHELP LagunaiHELP Laguna