In this world filled with daily uncertainties, having to simultaneously deal with mountains and valleys, pain and grief, who would not want to know what the future has in store for them? There is therefore need for a genuine reservoir for souls to tap into for constant assurance, hope, wise counsel and truth.
ife’s experiences teach that as we come against powerful forces in this world, there is need for us to find refuge in someone greater than ourselves, especially since inequality, marginalization and discrimination result in a fight among humans for recognition, supremacy and power. This process is invariably driven by the powers of darkness. It is in this matrix that the triune God, creator of humans and the entire universe stands ready to help in every situation.
It is instructive to note that the ancient people of Israel, while in their homeland, knew only one God. During their sojourn in Egypt, however, they were introduced to other gods. That society was multi-religious. That is a prototype for our religious-dynamic in Guyana. The ancient Jews, through all their struggles and journeys, found in reality that there was only one Wise God. Evidently, the environment of their marketplace would, most likely, be polytheistic.
As we attempt to negotiate a developmental path as a nation, leadership demands a posture of humility and service if this nation would succeed. All of our political leaders must be reminded that accessions to these offices require recognition of their obligations, responsibilities and duties to all citizens. We have celebrated, now it is time for hard work.
The word of God records the Apostle Paul speaking as a father to his son Timothy in 1st Timothy.
Paul exhorted the young man not to forget the prophecies over his life. These prophetic utterances spoke to his ministry to the Body of Christ. Paul cautioned Timothy that fulfillment of these prophecies will not be achieved without a fight. Further, Paul advised Timothy to ‘war a good warfare’.
How can a fight, a war, ever be good? What is the alternative? We need to do more warfare in the spirit. The victory must be won in the Spirit. 2nd Corinthians 10:4, 5 asserts, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down of strongholds, casting....
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Social Entrepreneurship cannot be confused with charity. While charity reflects the benefactor’s compassion for humankind and is measured in terms of the generosity of donations to the less fortunate, social entrepreneurship reflects more than the good intentions of its practitioners, who are not merely driven by compassion, but are also compelled by a desire for social change. Oftentimes, charitable organizations survive at the mercy of their donors whose contributions vary with the economic climate. A non-profit organization that practices social entrepreneurship, on the other hand, relies less heavily on donor funds because it creates social programs that are meant to be self-sustaining. Social entrepreneurs manage donor contributions in an effective manner, investing in social ventures which can then generate their own revenues to sustain themselves.
In other words, while charity uses donor funds to buy food to ease the poor’s hunger, albeit only temporarily, social entrepreneurship uses its funds to make a lasting social impact, creating instructional programs that teach the poor how to grow their own food so that they can take care of themselves in the long run. In a world of scarce resources, it is no longer enough to simply donate out of good intentions. Rather, Greg Dees emphasizes the need for people to value the social impact that their donations are actually having:
“In society, I’d like to see more value placed.....
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