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So You Want to Dig a Well in Africa?

What You and Your Church Need to Know about Mercy-Oriented Missions

by Jeff Palmer



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/14/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 156
ISBN : 9781664205345
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 156
ISBN : 9781664205369

About the Book

Typical missions projects involve dozens of people in identical T-shirts getting on an airplane to go somewhere and help a needy community. But do those projects actually help people in the long run? Does this work create long-term systemic change in individuals and the community? And does the work lead to intentionally sharing Christ? In other words, is our mission work based on good missions strategy that brings about sustainable change and kingdom impact for communities, or is our approach focused only on creating a positive experience for everyone involved?

So You Want to Dig a Well in Africa? highlights ten common myths people and organizations believe about missions. Exploring the ways in which American churches take on missions, author Jeff Palmer

• highlights pitfalls of equating mission trips with ministry projects;

• offers valuable techniques to avoid unintentional but harmful practices that stem from a poor community development model;

• presents tools for designing, implementing, and evaluating strong, mercy-oriented mission strategies; and

• discusses key elements for evaluating mission programs: participation, sustainability, and transformation.

Offering a resource for those seeking to work for the good of people but also for the glory of God, this guide highlights faulty models used for mercy-oriented missions and give a framework for creating sustainable change in people and communities.

About the Author

Jeff Palmer has served in international missions and development work for more than thirty years. He grew up farming and holds a master’s degree in agriculture from Murray State University in Kentucky. He has used his agriculture education and skills to help people in more than sixty countries with food security, clean water, improved health, and reduced poverty, working in a way to make Christ known and create sustainable change in people and communities.