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Community Development

At the 2011 Ingathering we spent time explaining how a Sister Church Relationship could blossom into Community Dev.

Matt Garrett

on 20 January 2015

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Transcript of Community Development


Goal of HTH

What does this look like
for a Sister Church?

HTH's goal:

transform people & communities for Christ.

Next Steps
& Process

Community Developement Committee
the importance of Understanding Poverty.
Addressing the poverty of Hondurans & North Americans in an effort to restore the relationships that God intended.
HTH Founder, Charlie Smith, intention was to tranform the tiny village of Canchias into a place that was economically and spiritually a place that people wanted to live.
North American
Asset Based Community Development
What is right with you?
What gifts has God given you that you can use
to improve your life and that of your neighbors?
How can the individuals & organizations in
your community work together to improve your community?
What gifts do you have?
He said, "If we can do it there (Canchias), we can do it anywhere!"
These lead to other
natural steps:
A community that people are attracted to likely includes:
A Biblical Framework of Poverty
God created us to be relational beings.
1. Relationship with God
2. Relationship with self
3. Relationship with others
4. Relationship with the rest of creation
The fall of Adam & Eve damaged and distored all four types of relationships.
These 4 relationships are the building blocks for all human activity.
The effects are now manifested in the economic, social, religious and political systems.
Bryant Myers states that "Poverty is the result of relationships that do not work,
that are not just,
that are not for life,
that are not harmonious or enjoyable.
Poverty is the absense of shalom in all its meaning.
Then who is poor?
Every human being is poor in the sense of not experiencing these 4 relationships in the way God intended.
aka: Model Village
A vision to become a catalyst for Regional
development, sharing, and spreading Christian community.
Access to: quality food and clean water, effective educational system, community health care.
Opportunity for parents to provide for their families.
A vibrant church leadership where people are
won for the Kingdom and daily living Christ's
call to care for the less fortunate and those in need.
A feeling of happiness, hope, and safety.
Before we can try to bring people out of poverty, we need to agree on what poverty is...
Model Christian Community as described in the Bible
Acts 2:44-45
All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.
A community that gives of its assets,
is a community that is following the example of the Apostle Peter and the Fellowship of Believers in Acts
and is a place that people will want to live.
Acts 4:32-34a
"All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them."
(outside the circle)
Community Level Foundational Needs
... of the Kingdom is the most important
aspect of Community Development.
HTH's holistic nature will help in a variety of ways,
but we stress that the Spiritual component needs to guide all decisions.
Our Role:
to come alongside with:
1. prayer
2. ideas
3. labor
4. financial help
How can you accomplish this without causing damage?
created to help guide projects and answer your questions.
Heart to Honduras
PO Box 38
Xenia, OH 45385
Contact Us:
Talk to your
Church body.
Teach them to understand
the ABCD approach to helping.
Regular contact with
your Sister Church!
phone calls, emails,
trips, prayer, videos
Heart to Honduras
Community Development Department
Enigneers Without Borders [EWB]
Dayton Service Engineering Collaborative [DSEC]
Schools for Children of the World [SCW]
HTH's Health Care
All of which have a vested interest in working towards a positive, sustainable, & transformational Community Development outcome.
Together we can...
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