These values act as a filter for our work and a way to express our goals.
We are committed to community empowerment by taking a process approach to planning that works with and through local church leaders who understand the complexities of their social, political, religious, and financial systems.
What this means: projects start and end with the local church. We recognize that the communities we engage with know their needs better than we do and we believe they also have solutions to meet those needs. We want to come alongside, in dialogue and partnership, in order to help them achieve their goals!
Finding holistic solutions to global issues requires us to embrace creativity which is why we are committed to exploring innovative approaches to welcoming the Kingdom of God.
What this means: not everything works the first time. We wish we could say we have success every time, but we believe we are called to make bold choices in the face of injustice. Sometimes our plans work and sometimes we start again with a better grasp from the experience.
Long-term solutions must begin and end with intentional sustainability as a primary goal which is both a means and an end to all we do so the good news of Christ will continue to be shared for generations to come.
What this means: we are not looking for on-going projects. We do all we can to think through sustainability from the outset of any project we engage in but we also understand every context is unique and different approaches are necessary depending on the country or region.
We believe cultivating healthy partnerships cross-culturally means educating all those involved, giver and recipient, on how to approach equitable accountability that will support interdependent partnership.
What this means: we will understand the context before we place expectations on specifics of accountability. We are serious about monitoring, evaluating, and reflecting on every project we engage in, but we will do this in ways which are as culturally appropriate as possible for all parties involved.
Projects that fit into the health and wellness category include clinics and hospitals as well as wells, water, and sanitation.
Projects that fit into the social entrepreneurship or economic category would be those that help people make a living wage. This would include micro-enterperise projects as well as other livelihood projects.
Projects that fit into the primary and secondary education are those that work with kids finishing school.
Projects that fit into this category work to develop Christian leaders. These may fund scholarship to go to designated seminaries or bible schools or for conferences and conventions that engage lay leadership throughout a country.
Projects that fit into this category work to create church environments that encourage health and growth. One way this may be done is through evangelistic efforts.
Projects that fit into this category work with indigenous leadership to develop new work outside of their current community.
Projects that fit into this category deal with social issues that are or may cause significant unrest in a country. This may be done through camps that bring youth from different ethnic backgrounds together or by working with refugees learning to acclimate to a new land.
The local community identifies a need and suggests a solution.
The missionary and national fellowships aid in each project's development, offering critical cultural and historical knowledge.
With this information a proposal is completed. The proposal should show the engagement of all four key values and have a specified timeline.
In partnership with the missionary and the project manager on the ground, Global Strategy staff evaluate each proposal on the four key values of Project Link.
Once approval is given by all partners (local community, missionary, national/regional fellowships, and Global Strategy) the project is ready to begin fundraising!
If you have questions about the Project Link process or how you can get connected, contact Global Strategy Projects at 800.848.2464 or GSProjects@chog.org.