Faith: A Plant With Purpose Core Value
Written by Plant With Purpose on June 26, 2014 in General
Our newest blog series explores the six Core Values of Plant With Purpose: Faith, Collaboration, Stewardship, Sustainability, Empowerment, and Innovation. In this series we’ll share how these values play out across our international programs and how they inform our approach to community development. Up first: Faith.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekial 36:26
Put simply, the mission of Plant With Purpose is to get at the root causes of rural poverty. We’ve seen over 30 years that these root causes are best addressed through a three-part method that targets environmental, economic, and spiritual needs. Each of the three parts are essential to our mission, but spiritual transformation is the element that truly sustains change within the lives of our partners.
Plant With Purpose believes that the most effective way to provide hope to impoverished families is by equipping local churches and leaders to spread the Gospel – the ultimate message of hope. The local church is the most powerful agent of change in rural communities. Much like the hub of a wheel, it represents the point from which movement travels outward.
Our U.S.-based offices also rely on church partnerships to share our mission, support our programs, and join us in prayer for our partners around the world. It is our privilege to work with them as we help rural families realize their own God-given potential.
Frederico is a farmer and father of eight who lives in the Dominican Republic. When asked about his faith journey, he says, “I have always tried to live a life according to Biblical principles. After partnering with Plant With Purpose, my spiritual life has been strengthened since Plant With Purpose guides us to seek more of God. In my savings-and-loans group we begin each meeting with a prayer and Biblical reflection. This has helped me have a better relationship with the community.”
This is why faith is one of Plant With Purpose’s core values. We have been invited to join God in His work of restoring people’s relationship with the land and with each other. Real transformation comes through faith in Him, and we are grateful to walk alongside partners like Frederico in their journey.