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A Mother’s Journey Out of Extreme Poverty

Every mother wants a chance to provide a better life for her children. But it’s not easy—especially if you’re among the 736 million people worldwide living on less than $1.90 a day. Millions of mothers all over the world are raising families in this kind of extreme poverty. Djaka Djigbodji is one of these mothers.…

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From Fear to Flourishing: Pam’s Story

When Pam’s marriage fell apart in 2015, she was left alone with bills to pay and a grandson depending on her. She paid for what she could, but sometimes it was a struggle. “I was scared,” she says. “I wasn’t making a lot of money at the time, and I didn’t know how to budget…

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Interview: Vicki Conn of Love INC

Chalmers staff member Laura Haley recently sat down with Vicki Conn, Director of Love INC of Greater Holmes County, to discuss her experiences walking with people who are poor. Listen to the interview or read the transcript below! Laura: Today’s audio interview is brought to you by the Chalmers Center. I’m your host, Laura Haley.…

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Finding Hope After the Hurricane

Ronnie Garcia is the senior pastor at Iglesia La Travesía, a Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) church plant in San Juan, Puerto Rico. During his first seven years of ministry there, he focused on establishing an “anchor church” in the city, discipling members of the congregation and developing leaders to plant other churches in Puerto…

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2018 Ministry Report

It’s been an exciting year at the Chalmers Center! With God’s help and support from people like you, we launched new resources, formed new partnerships, and equipped hundreds of churches across the globe to walk alongside people in poverty. By God’s grace, you’ve helped transform lives and communities—all through the ministry of the local church.…

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A Shared Vision of God’s Kingdom

We’re joining with strategic partners around the world to develop biblical, innovative approaches to poverty—and to equip more churches than ever before. This year, we’re celebrating our emerging partnership with Tearfund, a UK-based church-equipping organization. Tearfund has mobilized a worldwide network of more than 154,000 local churches in some of the most challenging places on earth.…

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Finding New Community Through Faith & Finances

When one Ohio couple called Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC), they asked for help with housing. But what they found was a supportive community. When Elmer and Dawn contacted Love INC of Greater Holmes County, Elmer was recovering from drug addiction, and the couple was working to regain custody of their three children.…

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Potluck Community: Re-Imagining the Kingdom

This year, we released a new book resource designed to help churches re-disciple their members around the vision of the Kingdom of God. Written by community development practitioner Michael Rhodes and Chattanooga pastor Robby Holt, Practicing the King’s Economy explores practical ways for Christians to live out the Kingdom of God in their work, church, family, and…

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Strengthening Local Relationships Through Online Learning

Through online learning, Chalmers is making paradigm-shifting resources more accessible to local churches. Located in the heart of Colorado Springs, First Pres has always served its community and reached out around the world. The church has a 150-year history of local and global outreach, and they’ve often turned to resources like When Helping Hurts or Helping Without Hurting…

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