The church finds itself at a very unique moment in history. The average Christian living in an economically advanced country enjoys a level of prosperity that has been unimaginable for most of human history. At the same time, over 2.5 billion people in economically impoverished countries live on less than $2 per day. How can churches and missionaries effectively address the devastating poverty that exists in the world today?
This book explains the basic principles for successfully utilizing microfinance in ministry. Drawing on best practice research and their own pioneering work with the Chalmers Center, authors Brian Fikkert and Russell Mask chart a path for churches and missionaries to pursue that minimizes the risks of harm, relies on local resources, and enables missionaries and churches to minister in powerful ways to the spiritual and economic needs of some of the poorest people on the planet.