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A People Highly Prized by God

A People Highly Prized by God

Group walking up a hill in Papua.
Holistic community development enables people to see that God cares for them and the issues they face each day.

James didn’t mince words in his epistle to the early Church. “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food,” says James. “If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” (James 2:15-16 NIV)  The effort to address both physical and spiritual needs is often referred to as “holistic ministry.” When these principles impact an entire community, the result is holistic community development or “transformational development.”   Michael Cochran, his wife Susan, and their four young children know first-hand that transformational…

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