Why Followers of Jesus Should Care about International Development

June 4, 2018

View a 60-second whiteboard animation illustrates why followers of Jesus today should care about and be involved in international development. 

 

Ralph Winter was an early advocate for the concept of "international development." This became the only degree offered by the university he founded in 1977, William Carey International University. He claimed the heritage of pioneer missionary, William Carey (the "father of modern missions") who went to India in 1793. An article in the William Carey International Development Journal shows that Carey's way of bringing the good news to the people was to get involved in showing what God's will looks like in many areas of society:

• Education (he began schools for children of all castes and launched the first degree-granting college in Asia at Serampore)

• The economy (he introduced savings banks)

• Physical needs (he advocated humane treatment for leprosy patients)

• Agriculture (showing how uncultivated jungle could be tamed to produce food)

• Astronomy (the heavenly bodies are not deities that governed our lives)

• Women's rights (India was crushing the female through female infanticide, child marriage, widow-burning)

• Literacy (he pioneered the idea of lending libraries in India)

• Translation (he translated the Bible into Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Marathi, Hindi and Sanskrit; he also translated Indian religious classics)

• Publishing (he brought the science of printing and publishing to India)

• Social reform (his English-language journal, Friend of India, was the force that brought about the Social Reform Movement in India in the first half of the 19th century)

 

"Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked" (Psalm 82:4).

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