Global partnerships. Local livelihoods.

Multiplication and Division

Quick math quiz: if you start with the number two, and add two to it, what do you get? Now, what if you multiply two times two? Same answer, right? Well done! What if you repeat that pattern: addition versus squaring? Now the numbers are different. If you repeat the...

Relief, Development, and Self-Sufficiency

One of our favorite books at SEED is When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. Recently I was reminded of one of the key principles in this book: The authors say that 90 percent of the church’s charitable work should be focused on development, not relief....

Livelihood, Fear, and Love

At SEED, when we think of our partners around the world, we never want to think only of their work lives. It is true that our main focus is on partnering with people to create self-sustaining livelihood … but if people have income without the other elements that make...

Thyvenn and Beauty

Almost two years ago I traveled to several countries in Asia. I met many amazing people on that trip, including one I have written about before: Thyvenn, who currently paints watercolor bookmarks and note cards we well. Thyvenn is pictured at left with Mam from...

Let’s Paint Together

In the Free Methodist Church in Cambodia, a few young men like Thyvenn (pictured at left) have used their painting skills to pay their way through Bible school, and are now supporting themselves as they plant a churches together around Phnom Penh. Two years ago on a...