Poverty was never God’s plan. As believers, we are called to help the poor participating effectively in the eradication of systemic poverty.
As societal architects, we are looking for solutions that work. Solutions based on a Christian worldview and in bible principles. In this course, we will learn the moral, biblical, and economic foundation to help those trapped in poverty. We will discuss the importance of the role of charity (which does help), justice, and human development.
The question is, how can we effectively eliminate poverty? Through this course, your eyes will open to see what works and what does not work in the attempts many have made in the fight against poverty. In this course, you will learn how to help eradicate poverty with effective long-term results.
This course will inspire you and give you clear direction for you to become a part of the solution. We will learn how the gifts and destiny of every individual enable them to operate in their calling with the goal of serving and contributing to society.
Man, with the right education, financial help, and trade connections can come from a place of being helped to becoming a producer, from existing to living, from seeking a job to creating jobs. We will learn that nature and human creativity is their ability to come out of poverty.
In this course, we count with the collaboration of The Acton Institute, The Institute of Faith, Works, and Economics, Dr. Art Lindsley, Dr. Ismael Hdez. and Drs. de Maa.
Receive the divine blueprints that will help you be a part of the solution to eradicate poverty in remote communities as well as those that are near.
III. The Power of Local Companies.
- Charity, Justice, and Human Development.
- Fighting Poverty Through Enterprise. The Entrepreneurial Calling.
- Why Does Income Inequality Exist? An Economic and Biblical Explanation.
- The Moral Potential of the Free Economy.
IV. Poverty Alleviation in Practice.
- The Hidden Reason of Poverty that the World Must Face.
- A Poverty Program That Worked.
- Alleviating Poverty in the Abstract.
- “Stop Helping Us”: A Call to Compassionately Move Beyond Charity.
- Circles of Exchange.
VI. Vision and Solution.
- The Power of the Gospel.
- Christians and Poverty: the Voluntary Principle in Action.
- Churches, Communities and Culture.
- How to Apply Effective Principles in Churches.
- Reaching Poor Communities that are Remote as those that are Near.
I. A Biblical Perspective on the Poor.
- Who are the Poor?
- Poverty and the Poor in the Old Testament.
- Remember the Poor: a New Testament Perspective on the Problems of Poverty, Riches, and Redistribution.
- Charity that Hurts.
- Charity, Justice, and Human Development.
II. Markets and the Poor.
- Principles to Address the Problems of Poverty.
- Does God Require the State to Redistribute Wealth? An examination of Jubilee and Acts 2-5.
- Markets and Justice.
- Justice for the Poor.
Meet your instructors.
Kees-Jan and Candy de Maa are dedicated to inspiring and equipping others so they can do what inspires them. They believe that every human being was created with a purpose, unique gifts and talents that are necessary contributions to our world. As we collaborate with others, together we can discover, design, shape and implement the designs that will help the different cultures flourish.
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Supportive Course Materials from:
Acton Institute - The Mission of the Acton Institute is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.
Supportive Course Materials from
Dr. Ismael Hernandez - Founder of the Freedom & Virtue Institute.
Student Course Testimonies
"This course has been an eye opener for me in how to help the poor in the right way. It's very well organized and the teachers are great. I recommend this course to anyone who wants to invest in people so they can flourish, not only in developing countries but here in this country. It was great!" - Sylvia Gomez
"I Love all the vídeos. I always had a questions about the whole giving process. The vídeos clarified my understanding on the giving and on teaching people skills to set the entrepreneur spirit to go to work. I love in particular the video that Candy de ma taught the one on showing us that we are creators like are papa". - Lourdes Valentin
"This class is an eye opener in every aspect, it makes you aware of where and how you giving and not just like Dr. said you give and let them deal with the poor, is teaching me to be more responsible in my giving, to make sure that its aligning with the gospel, and not mindless giving, per say". - Maria Thelma Alfaro
"Wow these videos are truly amazing. What a paradigm shift in my thinking and understanding. Great ground work by Dr. Kees-Jan to help us understand poverty and the poor!" - Malik Edwards