Isaiah 58* challenges the tendency to just keep praying and wait for God to do something, and encourages putting faith into action (see also James 2*). The situation in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa, and indeed the world, requires all citizens, residents, and interested parties to work hard together to fight against the escalating problems. These problems are not insurmountable, and more would be done to resolve them quickly if everyone took their responsibility, and their ability to make a difference, seriously.
"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?"
The SEED Project strongly believes that Zimbabwe's (nor indeed the world's) problems will not be solved merely by political change, but by change at the personal and spiritual levels. Therefore, the projects with which it is involved will endeavour to include this personal and spiritual development.
Reflecting this, The SEED Project will encourage and enable people to actively participate in the restructuring and rebuilding of communities and nations and to stop just waiting for outside circumstances to change.
The role of Christianity in The SEED Project is as a motivating force: the staff members and partner churches are involved in this work because they believe that God calls them to serve all people, especially those who are struggling in life. The SEED Project is not, however, an organisation primarily seeking to 'make conversions', but one which aims to demonstrate God's love by empowering communities to develop themselves.
The SEED Project is committed to serving all those in need, regardless of their religious beliefs, as well as being completely open to working with other organisations and individuals who do not share a faith in Jesus and/or God.
The SEED Project also believes that the development of the whole person contributes to the development of the whole community. Physical, emotional, mental and spiritual development is therefore the basis for its teaching, training and on-the-ground activities. The cornerstone is spiritual development because it is the personal belief of the founders that this underpins all the other aspects of life, including providing a sound foundation for the development of morals and values, which are essential for healthy communities and nations.
[*The Holy Bible]
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