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Community Development

Applying God's Word Holistically

Carole together with a church moving into its new building.

Twenty-five years of war in northern Uganda and sixty years in South Sudan have torn apart the social fabric of generations. Communities now in war or postwar are often missing ways to walk through the emotional trauma, adequate access to medicine and physical care, and opportunities to attend to their spiritual needs through a healthy church family.

Favor’s community development model has been informed by almost 20 years of work and recognizes the church as the hub of the community and the Word of God as center of sustainable, ongoing community development. Full community development includes a crusade, discipleship, trauma healing, a Portable Bible School, a church building, women's empowerment, a village learning center, a well, and mobile medical clinics. Community development starts with nothing less than transformed lives surrendered to Jesus and then extends to holistic transformation of the entire community.

We could comfort those in emotional pain. We could bandage every wound. We could build beautiful buildings. We could even pass out thousands of Bibles, but if not one heart is baptized in the love of Christ, then we have not accomplished what we came to do. Our foremost mission is guiding hearts to Jesus, but we also recognize that without a demonstration of God’s love in meeting people where they are at emotionally, physically, and spiritually - as Jesus did - the former won’t happen.

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“The suffering church knows what it means to be the sacrificial church. We’re worshiping in war zones. We’re turning mercenaries into missionaries.”

- Carole Ward
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