The Systemic Context

Also as we could take a step back, we observed complicated systems affecting many who were often unaware of the effect. In addition to the generational cycles of poverty that each individual and family deals with, there are social, economic, political and spiritual systems which exert powerful, if not always recognized, influences on individuals and […]

Poverty is more than Material Poverty

Another definition that is crucial to our mission is about poverty. Poverty is more than material poverty. God intended humans to have healthy and active relationships with Him, ourselves, others, and the rest of creation. Unfortunately when the fall happened in the garden of Eden, all four of these foundational relationships were broken. This is […]

Rebuild the Ancient Ruins

As For the Love of Missions explored our future, we took the time to reflect on our beliefs, defining some of the key terms we use. Generational Cycles of Poverty are the false thinking, destructive patterns of behavior, and damaging societal influences that keep generations of families trapped in similar situations. Generational cycles of poverty are often specific to a family […]

A New Path with the Same Mission

Over the last year, For the Love of Missions has been steadily working to a new strategy in Guatemala. God made it clear we no longer were to operate the jewelry business, and He took us into a time of refining. Throughout the process, For the Love of Missions remained committed to our mission of Transforming Generational […]

No Simple Solutions

“Poverty is extremely complex. Picture the poor caught in a spider-web of interwoven causes that trap them hopelessly while the marauding spiders of hunger, war, disease, ignorance, injustice, natural disasters, and exploitation prey upon them unrestrained. While there are solutions to poverty- ways to free them from the web- there are no simple solutions.” Richard […]

A New Look at an Old Parable

Martin Luther King Jr. challenged the church then and now in his sermon  “A Time to Break the Silence” (Riverside Church, New York, April 4, 1967). We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside… but one day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women […]