The mission of every Christian is to win lost souls and lead them to Christ, and then build, or disciple, those newly won Christians so that they can be sent out to win other lost souls and lead them to Christ, as well (John 17:6–18) or, more simply put, to Win, Build, Send. The Bible says that “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).
Therefore, we believe God has called us to fulfill the Mission in Malawi. We are fulfilling this calling through an initiative entitled “SET (Spiritually and Economically Transform) Malawi in Christ.” The Passion Center for Children (PCC) and Malawi Talent Fund (MTF) are the two critical components of SET Malawi in Christ, with PCC’s overarching mission being spiritual transformation, and MTF’s mission being the economic transformation that underpins spiritual transformation.
For ten years, the PCC has done a tremendous job fulfilling the mission and spiritually transforming the lives of many lost souls. However, without commensurate indigenous economic support, the mission is much more difficult and unfortunately much slower than it needs to be. MTF’s goal is to underpin, or fuel, the spiritual transformation led by PCC through economic development and job creation. We believe this unique model of marrying Spiritual and Economic Transformation (SET) for a common goal, the spread of the Gospel, will unleash tremendous power in Malawi.
Consider the facts
- Churches in Malawi require pastors to have full time jobs outside the church
- Churches cannot grow without funds; 10% tithe on zero income is zero
- Children who are fortunate enough to finish school cannot find jobs, which, in turn, leads to boredom, poverty, and low self image
- It’s extremely difficult to execute build-and-send components of the mission when dealing with empty stomachs, no access to resources/education, and limited transportation.
Now, imagine what would happen if basic income and support were to come from indigenous sources, and donations from the USA were to be used for growth and expansion into new regions and territories. Imagine teenage boys and girls employed in careers that allow them to support themselves and their families, and even tithe to their church. The potential is unlimited.
We realize that many secular organizations do a fine job in Africa, experiencing some success focusing on economic development with pure humanitarian goals. However, without Christ, what eternal value has been accomplished? In our model, economic transformation is in support of the primary mission, the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Once the SET model is proven in Malawi, why not replicate it in other developing nations?