Faith-Based Business Mission Trips?
Posted by Andreas on Feb 28, 2011 at 12:49 am
Christianity Today has this Faith in the Workplace site with a number of different articles, interviews and other links for people interested in the intersections of faith, work, and business.
One of their recent interviews was with Bob Larson, the President of Reynolds Food Packaging, who recently participated in a Business as Mission trip, done through an organization called Five Talents International. An interesting concept, the idea was to impart business skills to entrepreneurs in Uganda and Kenya within a seminar format.
Reynolds answers a number of questions, and describes the Business as Mission Trip:
People who have some level of expertise in business can share those skills and experience with people who are trying to come out of poverty. It aims to teach people the entrepreneurial skills they need to start a business. That’s what attracted me to it. I describe it sometimes like Doctors Without Borders. In a medical crisis, physicians will volunteer to go in and treat people and train doctors in underdeveloped parts of the world. In some respects, that’s what Business as Mission does for people. We go into places of economic crisis and give people a better shot at succeeding. We help them build out a business plan that exponentially increases their odds of success.
We like to promote enterprise-based solutions to poverty here at Faith and Prosperity. What do you think of the efforts that Five Talents International and the Business as Mission trips are making?