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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.




Do you have the courage to evaluate? by Krista Petty

How do you know if your mission work is transformative and sustainable? Anecdotal stories and occasional statistics of lives touched or improving can be encouraging and generate continuing funding; but, does that show sustainable transformation of an entire community for the long-term? What about measuring beyond sustainability? What would it look like for a model to be reproduced and multiplied? Last year’s SATtalks featured Dr. Florence Muindi, founder of Life in Abundance, as one of the presenters. As a young adult, Dr. Muindi was called by God to serve the poor and desired to make a lasting impact in [...]

King David Was Right! by Mike Simon

I was encouraged recently by King David’s insights from Psalms 133:  How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!  Immediately, I thought about the work that I, and my colleagues at Simon Solutions, are doing each week and the crazy, amazing journey that got us to where we are today. From outward appearances, we are a database system for shared case management to serve the poor across a city. But inwardly, I know this technology is a tool God has used to answer my prayers for unity of the church and transformation for the [...]

Do We Really Believe the Problems of Poverty CAN be Solved? by Tom Bassford

Albert Einstein once said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”  The problem?  So much of our well-intended efforts to help the poor have left them worse off in the long run. Warren Buffett’s son Peter Buffet made some waves with an article he wrote for the New York Times in 2013 entitled; “The Charitable-Industrial Complex.”  In the article he wrote, “Inside any important philanthropy meeting, you witness heads of state meeting with investment managers and corporate leaders. All are searching for answers with their right hand to problems [...]

Founders Thoughts on SATtalks

Tom Bassford, founder and President of Significant Matters and the creator of SATtalks, shares some thoughts on the value of SATtalks and what it means to rub shoulders for a couple of days with others who believe church missions and sustainable solutions go together. More About SATtalks Register Speakers Schedule Special Pre-Event!

Dr. Florence Muindi | Life In Abundance on SATtalks

Dr. Florence Muindi, founder and President of Life In Abundance (LIA) and a 2016 SATtalk Presenter shares some thoughts on the value of SATtalks and what it means to rub shoulders for a couple of days with others who believe church missions and sustainable solutions go together. LIA takes an integrated approach to mobilizing the local Church to restore health, renew hope and inspire lasting transformation for the world’s most vulnerable families.  They train, equip and walk with local churches throughout Africa and the Caribbean to: Promote Health and Prevent Disease | Empower The Poor with Economic Opportunities | Equip [...]

Keith Jaspers | The Rainbow Network on SATtalks

Keith Jaspers, founder and President of The Rainbow Network and a 2016 SATtalk Presenter shares some thoughts on the value of SATtalks and what it means to rub shoulders for a couple of days with others who believe church missions and sustainable solutions go together. The Rainbow Network is an interdenominational Christian Ministry working in rural Nicaragua with about 42,000 people who live in 112 specific geographic communities. Their model involves significant community participation and is led in-country entirely by Nicaraguans.  Their housing program has provided a pathway to homeownership for over 1000 families to date who otherwise were living [...]

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