The poor don’t need charity. They need someone to help them use the gifts God has given them. Paradigm Shift trains church volunteer teams to provide a holistic outreach model targeting microentrepreneurs working themselves out of poverty. As a church partner, you will journey with entrepreneurs through this four-part model that combines both economic development and spiritual growth.
WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE?
Once your church has become a partner, the Business Experience Course (BEC) is the first step, and the foundation for transforming impoverished communities, opening the door for discipleship. Paradigm Shift provides all the necessary training and materials to equip your team to facilitate the course. Once entrepreneurs have participated in a BEC, your team can invite them back to attend weekly meetings for more in depth business training and discipleship.
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Meet Paradigm Shift Volunteers
It’s midday as I walk through this community, the tires of taxis stirring up the dry ground into small puffs of dirt. The streets are lined with hair salons, repair shops and meat stalls. When I first visited this community, I only saw hopelessness.
I stood beside her hospital bed, scarcely recognizing the emaciated woman lying against the white sheets. She was a shadow of the woman I’d met just one year earlier. But when she spoke, I realized that disease may have wreaked havoc on her body, but her spirit was as strong as ever.
There’s a quick knock at my door, and Kandoro pops his head into my office. I grab my jacket, not even glancing at the clock. It wasn’t always like this. I remember our first meeting. I sat, waiting for him, watching the steam rise from my coffee.