The final blog in this series will be best understood in the context of the previous 4 blogs:
• ‘Poverty’ – A Crisis of the Mind?
• The Goal of Development
• Thinking vs Environment
• Leader Led Development
This blog is the culmination of these, and demonstrates the value and reasons for success behind the Metamorphic model of Church-driven development.
What we believe colours our worldview. As a Christian/faith centered organisation, Metamorphic and the people who work for it are no different. Our worldview tells us that the Church was always meant to be an important and positive agent of change in community life. It tells us that the Church has a deep understanding that people are body, soul and spirit, and it also has an intimate understanding of the importance of relationship and leadership both vertically and horizontally. Therefore, we believe that the Church is perfectly placed to be part of the solution by engaging in and driving people-centered holistic development activities.
Metamorphic equips and empowers the Church leader/planter to activate the Church’s unique ability to tap into existing indigenous social, human and physical capital that many traditional NGO’s simply don’t have access to. For example, in Cambodia several of the Church leaders/planters that we have trained in the past have initiated WASH activities in their communities to address desperate issues of clean water, hygiene and sanitation. By mobilising various forms of existing capital (social, physical and human) these Cambodian leaders have now been able to deliver access to safe clean water, as well as hygiene and sanitation education to more than 40,000 individuals across five provinces in just the last 3 years, and with outstanding flow on effects.
Furthermore, this unique ability of the Church has allowed it to deliver this access to clean water and WASH education at around $5 per person, just a fraction of the cost of more traditional NGO’s who typically deliver a similar service at more than $20 per person. Additionally, these Churches and their leaders have been able to drive and deliver these activities in a Cambodian manner, using only Cambodian people, Cambodian resources and Cambodian businesses.
Church-driven development carried out in the above manner allows individuals, families and communities to take responsibility for their own destiny, develop and break the poverty cycle in a sustainable manner and at a sustainable pace, all while dramatically lessening their commonly held belief that they are reliant on outside experts, funding and aid. Indeed, if the goal of development is ‘PEOPLE’ as discussed in the first blog of this series, then Church-driven development (done properly) is nothing less than empowering and highly effective for people.