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Hermana Gloria and Cultural Tradition

Sometime last year, Hermana Gloria Sucilli (shown at left) of the Mujeres Jireh livelihood group calculated prices.  She sent word that she (and therefore SEED) could decrease the cost of the handwoven cloth & leather bags if we didn’t use natural dyes.  The decrease would be nice, but we thought it would be better to […]

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What is it like hosting a SEED table?

Some of you may have wondered what it would be like to host a SEED table at an event. Is it a lot of work? What if people ask questions I don’t know the answers to? Will some people be offended that I’m selling products, especially if the event is at a church? I don’t […]

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First SEED intern wraps up

Sometimes people ask us “who is SEED?” and generally what they are asking is who works for SEED. Of course, there are many answers to that question. One accurate answer for the past three months, however, was that Amberstarr Lumsey was working for SEED. Amberstarr is a business student at George Fox University in Newberg, […]

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Post-Christmas Blues

I love Christmas. And I hate Christmas. You may very well understand both sides of my sentiment, though your reasons might be different. I love Christmas for all the obvious reasons: the celebration of Jesus’ birth as central, with all its implications for faith, hope, peace, joy, and love; plus the wonderful accoutrements like delicious […]

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How was your Christmas? Ours changed the world

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to say that your Christmas changed the world, in a way that is similar to the way that first Christmas changed the world? We’re happy to report that for at least some of you, that was the case. It has been very exciting to see and to hear […]

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D is for Development

Rose and I have been blessed to visit many churches to share about SEED, about the work we’ve been doing over the past year, and to recommend investing in a development group project instead of only purchasing product. We continue to get donations for these development groups from individuals, but one of the exciting things […]

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A Better Way to Give at Christmas

We are very excited to introduce you to the first-ever Christmas Catalog including SEED. We have teamed up with our partners at International Child Care Ministries (ICCM, childcareministries.org) to create a catalog that offers you many opportunities to partner in creating better lives and a better world for others. The catalog, called Better Giving, showcases […]

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Welfare and Empowerment

In 2002, I (David) graduated with my Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). I had already worked in government, nonprofit, and corporate America for 10 years and now, armed with an MBA, I was ready to conquer the world, climb the corporate ladder, and make a difference. Only problem was, in the fall of 2001, […]

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What I’m Meant to Do

In my last blog post I wrote a very brief amount on the theology of development work. Now I think it’s important to explain briefly how it is that I (David) in particular came to be doing this work through SEED Livelihood Network. There are three specific elements I want to discuss: faith, justice, and […]

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Thoughts on Development Work

As we have traveled around this summer, we have sometimes been asked why we do the work we do. Christians often wonder why we are spending our time on microenterprise work instead of planting churches or doing evangelism. Those who are not Christians wonder why we aren’t using our skills in the US, or in […]

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“Buried” Treasure

Since Rose and I began as directors in early 2011, a key part of our SEED message has been that our partners do not deserve pity, because they have been made in the image of God, with dignity, gifts and skills attendant to that image. On my recent Asia trip, I saw that to a […]

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Welcome to Community, Part 2

A different aspect of community came to light during my time in Cebu, the Philippines. Pastor Allan and Pastora Naomi Prochina have led the Light & Life Christian Fellowship for several years, and just in the past six months have also been leading services at an outreach church in a different part of Cebu. The […]

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