Developing Community and Reducing Poverty through Christ-Centered Savings Groups

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Open Hands Strengthens Its Teaching Program

Earlier this year I was visiting a savings group and discussing with them their experiences and their desires for the future. In these settings it is not uncommon for savings group members to ask us for financial funding to help their group. This group was different. They shared with us the things they had been…

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Does God Have A Role For Open Hands In Ethiopia

Does God Have A Role For Open Hands In Ethiopia

Open Hands is considering a savings group program in the African country of Ethiopia. We have had some conversations with a possible partner organization in Ethiopia. Help Self Help Samaritan Development Association is an organization that works with the Mennonite churches in Ethiopia. Ethiopia is a country with great needs and a lack of organizations…

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New Savings Group Program in El Salvador

Earlier this year Lyndon Swarey and Darin Hershberger conducted a feasibility study for a savings group program in El Salvador. There was a good response from the church leaders and church members in El Salvador for a savings group program there. We have received board approval and will be moving ahead with hiring a national…

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Helping Haitians Help Themselves

Helping Haitians Help Themselves

Often in mission newsletters and the media, Haitians are portrayed as hungry, hurting, and helpless. This perception of the people of a nation has led to multi-generational dependence on outside aid. This has led to despair and a feeling that without outside aid things cannot change. However, nothing could be further from the truth! Haiti…

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Open Hands Transitions to an Independent Organization

Open Hands Transitions to an Independent Organization

Anabaptist Financial’s two-fold mission is to provide faith-based financial services and stewardship teaching. Prior to the formation of Open Hands, Anabaptist Financial exercised its twofold mission solely among conservative Anabaptist people in the United States. Compared to the US, Anabaptists in underdeveloped countries have limited financial services available to them. Anabaptist Financial’s board developed a…

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