A BLOG About Church Missions, Lasting Change and the World We Live In

Tom Bassford, Founder/President of Significant Matters & SATtalks

Who doesn’t want to make the world a better place?  It’s no longer enough to simply do random acts of kindness or hand out an endless stream of charity. Instead thoughtful people are asking questions about lasting change and sustainable solutions in our efforts to make the world a better place.  How does the church through its mission efforts create more sustainable and dignified ways of helping those we seek to help and grapple with what it means to live in a world that is always becoming?  That’s what this BLOG and SATtalks is all about.  I hope you’ll join the conversation and introduce us to others in your network.

Is Foreign Aid a Sacred Cow? | by Victor V. Claar

Below is a commentary written by Victor Claar and published by PovertyCure’s parent organization, the Acton Institute. The commentary addresses a letter written by leaders of the ministry and NGO world that urged the United States Congress to protect federal funding for foreign aid from budget cuts. Several PovertyCure friends and partners signed this letter. Our hope in posting this commentary is to kindly remind them and our readers why entrepreneurship, economic growth, and a focus on the creative capacity of the poor, not foreign aid, is the best path forward to realizing a world without extreme poverty. Our aim is not [...]

Imago Dei and Implications for Poverty

  The idea that all humans are “created equal” would have struck most peoples of the ancient world as ludicrous, since humans are obviously not equal in wealth, rank or natural abilities. Aristotle merely summarized conventional wisdom when he asserted that some are fitted to serve as slaves while others are born with the natural capacity and authority to rule. As sociologist and historian Rodney Stark notes, the institution of slavery was universal for most of human history. The idea of human equality, however, received a foothold in Western thought from the Hebrew idea that every human is created in [...]

Final Thoughts for 2016 by Tom Bassford

Final Thoughts for 2016 Last week I shared an article I'd written ten years ago entitled; "I Love This Bar! - An Unlikely Christmas Story" to which I got a number of great responses.  One in particular really stood out and I thought you would enjoy it as much as I did.    I Love This Bar...Another Christmas Story by Don Carter I liked the Kearney bar story, it reminded me of another Christmas bar experience.   In 1961, I was assigned to Air Force burial duty for Christmas week, and sure enough a soldier died who warranted [...]

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Top 10 PovertyCure Videos for 2017

We wanted to make sure to highlight PovertyCure’s top 10 videos from 2016 so if you have not seen them yet, you can easily do so now! Check out the list below and watch them all today! #1 – Poverty, Inc. Official Trailer Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore. From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, “Poverty, Inc.” challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem? #2 – Microfinance 101 [...]

I Love This Bar – An Unlikely Christmas Story by Tom Bassford

I Love This Bar: An Unlikely Christmas Story by Tom Bassford - Ten years ago today I wrote an article based on an experience I had in a little bar the night before. Not a year goes by that I don't think of this experience and for some reason I just wanted to share it with you.  In a very real sense it captures the heart of what I see in so many people who just want to lend a hand and make this world a little better place. The bar and grill no longer exist but [...]

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To Alleviate Poverty, The Exit Strategy Matters | by Peter Greer

When we engage in employment-based solutions, the benefits of employment extend to future generations. Outside a small office in Trou-du-Nord, Haiti, I saw several boys with homemade kites. Using a plastic bag, some string, and a few sticks, these three boys constructed kites capable of expertly navigating tangled power lines and two-story buildings. I could see other kids watching and learning from their example. Other children saw what was possible, and there grew a prestige factor in who could get his kite the highest. In the same way, I’ve seen community members improve their lives, motivating other community members to [...]

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