Recently Joe has been able to lead training in micro-enterprise and leadership development up on the Northern Coast of Colombia in the area known as La Guajira. La Guajira is the home to the Wayuu India tribe, one of Colombia’s largest indigenous tribes. Drought, lack of resources and training has left the Wayuu tribe incredibly vulnerable to poverty in many of its horrendous forms. 

The ancient Rabbis would refer to poverty as a ‘breakdown in shalom’. Shalom essentially refers to the wholeness that God always intended for mankind; the wholeness we see in the Genesis narrative. Here mankind had relationship with God, themselves, one another, and the earth itself. Through years of exploitation, the Wayuu are living under economic turmoil, social strain and spiritual dryness that often reflects the geography around them and yet here, in the midst of the desert, life is bubbling up like an unexpected stream.

It has been such a privilege to see churches established and flourishing, schools becoming viable and sustainable in the region, clean water projects and agriculture ensuring better basic health. We are now excited and hopeful that the fledgling micro-enterprise committee will begin to see many people break free from the stranglehold of poverty and begin to prosper - affecting the future of their families and communities. All this is only possible because of the support of our amazing Links family!

For as little as £10 a month you can set up at least two new businesses each year. As these funds are recycled, your giving grows exponentially over the years to see many families empowered to step into their destinies. Please would you prayerfully consider setting up a standing order to change lives and transform communities? If so, please email the Links office or call us at: 44 (0) 1903 778515.