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It Ain't That Simple Mate!
59 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
23 - A Conversation with Edward Qaser in Pakistan
In this episode we go to the Christian enclave of Yohannabad in Lahore, Pakistan. Edward Qaser talks about growing up as a Christian in a Muslim country and the discrimination this entailed. He talks about the work his organisation EGM is doing among poor Christians, with a focus on helping bright young students get further education and jobs. Edward also provides an update on COVID relief, and the challenges that many face in accessing support from the government and international community. To find out more about Edward's work, visit the Bright Hope World partnership page at https://www.brighthopeworld.com/partnerships.asp?pid=240. Send comments and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
42 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
22 - A Conversation with Bassam Haddad in Lebanon
In this episode we return to Lebanon to connect with Bassam Haddad, who works with Syrian refugees in Beirut. Bassam talks about life in Lebanon, which has become extremely difficult, and about the challenges of sharing his faith with Muslims. To find out more about Bassam's work, visit https://www.brighthopeworld.com/partnerships.asp?pid=335. Send feedback to email@example.com.
50 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
21 - A Conversation with Niranjan Adhikary in Nepal
In this episode we talk with our partner Niranjan Adhikary who works near Kathmandu in Nepal. Niranjan is particularly entrepreneurial and has a fascinating perspective on how to simulate and promote self-sustainability in difficult circumstances. He also discusses how Nepal is recovering from the disastrous 2015 earthquake. To find out more about Niranjan's work, visit https://www.brighthopeworld.com/partnerships.asp?pid=129. The new partnership mentioned in the podcast can be viewed at https://www.brighthopeworld.com/partnerships.asp?pid=456. Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
57 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
20 - A Conversation with Our Friend in the Middle East
In this episode we talk to a wonderful partner and friend working in the Middle East. We can't share his name or even his location but we discuss the amazing ministry he and his wife lead working with disabled young people. In the interview we explore what it is like to be a person with disabilities in an honour/shame culture where a child being born with disabilities shames the family generally, and the mother and child especially. Send feedback to email@example.com.
46 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
19 - A Conversation with Izdihar Kassis in Lebanon
In this episode we hear from Izdihar Kassis who works with poor and refugee families near the Syrian border in Lebanon. Izdihar works particularly with new mothers and their babies, who are particularly vulnerable in such a hostile environment. In the podcast she shares about the struggles that refugees face and the extreme issues facing Lebanon. To find out more about Izdihar's organisation Together for the Family (TFF), visit (https://www.brighthopeworld.com/partnerships.asp?pid=440). Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
51 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
18 - A Conversation with Mike Mann in Thailand
In this episode we talk to Mike Mann from the Integrated Tribal Development Foundation (ITDF) in Thailand. ITDF works with hilltribe people in the north of Thailand by undertaking water and sanitation projects, providing microloans, running schools and medical clinics and assisting with sustainable agriculture. ITDF is also the source for La Mai coffee (www.lamai.co.nz). To find out more about ITDF visit (https://www.brighthopeworld.com/partnerships.asp?pid=163). Send feedback to email@example.com.
47 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
17 - A Conversation with Our Friends in Egypt
In this episode Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore interview a couple working among the poor in Cairo, Egypt. For security reasons, we are not able to give their names or details. The story starts with an amazing account of a young boy that sees his father gunned down in front of him, and swears revenge on those responsible. Where the story goes from there, and where he and his wife end up, is deeply encouraging and challenging. If you are interested in reading "Love Casts Out Fear: A Jihad Survivor's Journey from Revenge to Redemption", the book about his life (written under a nom de plume) you can find it here - https://www.amazon.com/Love-Casts-Out-Fear-Redemption-ebook/dp/B00XNJGR20. Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
49 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
16 - A Conversation with Zeeneta in India
Season 2 kicks off a new series of conversations with Bright Hope World partners around the world. In this episode we talk to Zeeneta who works in northern India. She tells an amazing story of her family being hunted by relatives and facing incredible persecution, but showing incredible forgiveness and love towards those that sought to do them harm. Send feedback or questions to email@example.com.
57 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
15 - Short-term Mission Trips Special
They're popular, they're challenging and enlightening...but are they a good idea? Short-term mission trips have become a key strategy for churches to engage in missions, and to engage thier people in missions. Yet sometimes we do not stop to ask ourselves why we're doing them and if we are doing them the right way. Fraser Scott and Bright Hope World's Southeast Asia Partnership Facilitator Emma Stokes take a long hard look at short-term mission trips and ask why we're doing them, whether they are giving us the results we're wanting and - most importantly - who we're actually doing them for. They discuss some of the key considerations in doing such trips well, and some of the key pitfalls to avoid. Resources discussed in the podcast include: When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert (Amazon) Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It by Robert D Lupton (Amazon) The Next Mile: Short-Term Missions for the Long Haul by Brian J Heerwagen (Amazon) Send feedback or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
51 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
14 - The Four Stages of Poverty Alleviation
How long does it take to alleviate poverty and what kind of things should you focus on? Well, not surprisingly, the answer is not straightforward! It depends what stage of poverty you're actually talking about. Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore talk about the four stages of poverty, from relief after a disaster to intergenerational cultural reform. They discuss the timeframes that each stage involves and explore the things people wanting to get involved to help need to know. Send feedback or questions to email@example.com.
52 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
13 - Five Things the Western Church Can Learn from the Majority World Church
The church in many parts of the Majority (or developing) World is growing strongly, while in New Zealand and other countries in the west, the statistics are often a little less encouraging. Why is this? Is it just cultural factors, or are there things the church in places outside of the west is doing that we need to learn from? Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore look at five key things we can learn from what the church is doing in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America that might help us to turn things around. Send feedback or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
53 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
12 - Five Issues You Will Face in Partnering with the Poor
Whether you are working in the farthest corners of the world, or among the poor where you live, there are certain challenges and realities you are going to face. Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore talk about five core issues that will always present themselves when engaging with the poor. Understanding these issues and how to combat them can help avoid doing more harm than good when we're trying to be of service to the poor. Send feedback or questions to email@example.com.
50 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
11 - What Impact has COVID-19 had on Bright Hope World's Partners?
As 2020 comes to a close, Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore consider how COVID-19 - which has pretty much defined the year - has impacted Bright Hope World's partners around the world. They look at some of the challenges and pain that partners have faced, as well as some of the amazing things God has done through faithful people. They also ponder what the future is likely to look like when 'the dust settles' and how Bright Hope World might need to change to adjust to 'the new normal'. Send feedback or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
41 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
10 - How did Bright Hope World get started?
Fraser Scott talks about the history of Bright Hope World with founder and Chairman Rob Purdue. Rob talks about his background and the influences as a young man that led him towards starting Bright Hope World. He shares stories about the very first partners that he and his wife Heather met, and how the ministry expanded from its roots in Eastern Europe, immediately after the fall of communism, to South America and Africa. Send feedback or questions to email@example.com.
42 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
9 - Foundations for Farming Special
Fraser Scott talks to John Vlaming (Bright Hope World's Agricultural Director) and Jerry Field (Bright Hope World's Zambia Partnership Facilitator) about the Foundations for Farming programme. Foundations for Farming helps people in developing countries to use their land more effectively so they can provide for their families. It emphasises sustainability in farming, as well as addressing mindsets that can impact farming effectiveness. For more information on Foundations for Farming, visit https://www.brighthopeworld.com/who-foundations.asp. Send feedback or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
48 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
8 – What’s the Role of the Church in Addressing Poverty?
'It Ain't That Simple Mate!' takes a slightly different tack in this episode, looking at the role of the local church in tackling poverty. With so many agencies and government departments battling poverty, Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore ask whether there is anything unique the church can bring to the table. The podcast deals in practical terms with how a church that wants to address poverty can make practical steps towards doing so in a meaningful and biblical way. Send feedback or questions to email@example.com.
48 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
7 - The Five Best Ways to Address Poverty
Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore counter the last episode's list of the five worst ways to address poverty with a list of five really good ideas that are making a difference among the poor globally. Microloans and table banking are looked at, as well as agricultural development, empowerment of women and a couple of other strategies that are paying big dividends in terms of communities and lives being transformed. Send feedback or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
48 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
6 - The Five Worst Ways to Address Poverty
Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore list out five really bad ideas to address poverty, mostly from mistakes they've made! They consider some of the things that can drive us and that we might 'take with us' when we try to help the poor, and the damage these can do. Be prepared to feel a little bit uncomfortable! Send feedback or questions to email@example.com.
46 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
5 - How do you partner with the Poor?
How do you build relationship with the poor and partner with them as equals to help alleviate poverty? Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore consider how the challenges of crossing cultures and forming sustainable relationships focused on addressing poverty can work. How do you deal with power imbalances? How do you prevent money from destroying relationships? How do you correct for the inherent influence that we as westerners carry with us as we seek to serve the global poor? Send feedback or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
45 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
4 - What is it like to be Poor?
Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore look at what is it like to be among the poorest of the poor. While not being economically poor themselves, Fraser and Kevin have worked among the poor for many years and share some of their observations as to what the experience of being poor is like, and some of the challenges the poor face that we might not be aware of. A key resource discussed in this episode is 'Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It'' by Robert D. Lupton (Buy on Amazon). Send feedback or questions to email@example.com.
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