John Perkins and Dan Barber address International Mission Class

Dr. John Perkins told the history within missiology of the coining the term “Christian community development” and the three “Rs” of development: Relocation, reconciliation, and redistribution. “It’s not about taking from the rich and giving to the poor.” Perkins explained, “Because then the poor will just want a Mercedes Benz like the rich have. It’s about changing values and educating people.”

Dan Barber, missions pastor at Pinelake Church, spoke on church planting movements among Somali (Muslim) refugees in East Africa. Barber explained that “sharing the four spiritual laws” won’t work in Muslim areas, but  community development such as clean water projects, do often create opportunities for further discussions about Jesus Christ.

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