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.

How Are the Children? | by Nancy Mitchell

Two years ago, one of our Kansas City superintendents addressed a community gathering by saying, “Kasserian Ingera?” He explained that this is the greeting of the Masai community in Kenya. He explained that when one Masai greets another they ask, “How are the children?” The values of Masai culture reflect that their first concern is the next generation. The reply they seek is, “All the children are well.” They do not believe their society is doing well if all of the children are not doing well. So, I ask that question of you, “How are the children in our cities doing?” I believe [...]

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It’s Our Christian Duty to Support Work | by James Whitford

After nearly two decades of service to our neighbors in need, I’ve learned an important lesson: People struggling in poverty need hope. And few things offer more hope than a job. As Christians, we must never lose sight of our responsibility to go beyond alleviating the immediate suffering of those in poverty, but also to help people help themselves to rise out of poverty — for good. We must endeavor to empower those in need so they can feed and clothe themselves and their families in the future. As Christians, we are called to charity, but we’re never told [...]

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Sustainable Solutions: Our Undivided Attention

SATtalks is a conference of like-minded people focused distinctly on church missions and even more particularly on the issue of sustainable solutions through church missions.  There are many conferences, workshops and movements within the church to address Christianity and culture, discipleship, missional movements, worship, millennials, church planting, leadership, etc.  It’s not that we think those issues are unimportant but rather that we think sustainable solutions through church missions needs a kind of “undivided attention” if the church hopes to make a respectable contribution in this type of work among the poor. So what do we mean by sustainability and sustainable [...]

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Getting Better at Doing Good

Getting Better at Doing Good | There’s a lot being written and said these days about the effectiveness of charitable work.  The wonderful and provocative 90-minute documentary by PovertyCure called, “Poverty, Inc.” makes a compelling case that fighting poverty has become a multibillion dollar business and it’s not helping the poor.  The titles of some of my favorite reads like “Toxic Charity,” “When Helping Hurts” and “Dead Aid” give us a glimpse, in their titles alone, of where our thinking has gone.  I’m right there with these folks, I think we need to get better at doing good and that’s [...]

Only One Day Late

Only One Day Late | We needed buns for family game night so I was off to the store.  Window’s down, radio’s on and Luke Bryan is singing the words, “I believe most people are good and most mamas oughta qualify for sainthood.”  Made me think of my own mom and just like that I’m reminded that tomorrow is Mother’s Day.  How many times over the 63 years of my life have I been startled by the sudden realization that tomorrow is Mother’s Day!  On those year’s it’s a mad dash to the Hallmark Card aisle to join the other [...]

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Millennials and Missions – Not Your Traditional Approach | Part 1

Millennials and Missions - Not Your Traditional Approach | Part 1... Justin Carney grew up on a small farm in southern Missouri.  In his early 20’s a missionary came to his church and talked about unreached people groups, gave him a book and asked him to pray.   “Before I knew it, something weird happened, and God put Iraq on my heart” say’s Justin.   It wasn’t too much longer and he was signed up with a traditional mission agency on his way to Iraq with a group.  Their plan was a bit vague; a kind of short term strategy to build [...]

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