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Relationally Made – Intern Post 2 by Shea Krevi

We view the word “poverty” through a rather shallow lens, full of pity, aversion, and cardboard signs. We interpret it as “otherness,” which really translates to: not me. Well, what if I told you that we are all suffering from poverty? That poverty is defined as the brokenness of relationship. These ideas spur from the […]

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Known by the Bag

When Rose was last in Miraj, India visiting the Dayanand Handloom Project, she met this gentleman, who told a fascinating story about the bag he carries. The bag was made by the Dayanand group, known as a group of people who have been healed from Hansen’s Disease (formerly known as leprosy). Miraj is in the […]

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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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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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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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“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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Cancer survivor’s story

From the Philippines comes the story of Lourdes Buya, a cancer survivor with whom SEED is partnering to open a siomai (food) cart.  She calls it “Where are My Friends?” “I grew up in a family that is considered rich by Philippine standards.  My father is a doctor and my mother is a businesswoman who […]

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