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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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Welcome to Community, Part 1

One aspect of the recent SEED Asia trip that stood out repeatedly was the sense of being welcomed into the community. The reception went beyond gracious and was more warm and family-feeling. It made me think deeply about the idea of partnership. Sometimes I think we can make the mistake of thinking that we are partnering […]

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Growing organic SEED partnerships

When people ask how SEED started, I tell them it started organically and has grown organically.  That’s important to us… and so is being intentional.  Especially after having an urban gardener grow organic vegetables in our yard for two years, we know: the best produce come from seeds that are organically and intentionally grown.  It […]

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Living like a livelihood group member

The year 2011 was an adventure for us (directors David and Rose Brewer). As you may know, we have been raising support to direct SEED. (Note: this is not an appeal for financial supporters.) Formerly, I (David) made a very good salary in corporate America. In 2011 our income dropped by more than half, and […]

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SEED Tees are here!

We know many of you are ardent SEED fans, fans of economic development and providing opportunity for gifted people to be able to support themselves.  And we know that many places we go, people ask us about T-shirts so they can invest in SEED and advertise the work we do. As you can see by […]

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