Twenty Years of Transformation
Happy Birthday to Us!
Five Talents is celebrating 20 years of empowering poor families and communities around the world.
Celebrating Impact Makers
Over the past twenty years, tens of thousands have shared their talents in the ministry of Five Talents. Our growth and impact is the result of the faithful service of countless friends, partners, and supporters. As we reflect on our history, we are excited to celebrate key impact makers who have shaped our story.
Week one: FOUNDERs OF FIVE TALENTS
Martyn Minns - We are delighted to honor Impact Makers like Martyn Minns. As the founding Chairman of Five Talents, Martyn has helped to mobilize churches around the world to support microenterprise development for the most vulnerable poor. Martyn's faith, sacrifice, and dedication continue to inspire. Martyn has been involved with Five Talents throughout our twenty year history and continues to serve on our International Board. Thank you Martyn for your vision in helping to start and grow Five Talents. Join us in celebrating!
Diane Knippers was a founding board member of Five Talents and coined the organization's name. She was drawn to Jesus' Parable of the Talents and the importance of recognizing and putting to good use God-given resources to advance God's purposes in the world. Diane was passionate about equipping entrepreneurs in developing countries with the knowledge, tools and sense of self worth necessary to transform their communities into places that thrive. At Five Talents we celebrate Diane's legacy and carry on her desire to empower the poor.
Simon Chiwanga was part of the initial brainstorming, prayer and vision sessions for Five Talents. As the the Bishop of the Diocese of Mpwapwa and the former Minister of Education in the Tanzanian Government, Simon helped to guide the development of Five Talents to support the ministry of churches to help the rural poor. Simon served as a Board Member and member of the Advisory Council with Five Talents for a total of more than ten years.
Week two:OUR FOUNDERS CONTINUED
David Bussau is a world-renowned pioneer in Christian microfinance who has dedicated his life to addressing root causes of poverty. As a founding Board Member of Five Talents, David helped to develop the Five Talents trust bank model as a vehicle for churches to empower microenterprise development. David has been recognized as one of Australia's "ten most creative minds" and "senior Australian of the year." He's used his vast experience in entrepreneurship and economic development to help spearhead Five Talents programs in South-East Asia.
Rev. Dr. Vinay Samuel is a founding Board Member and has been an active supporter and adviser of Five Talents for many years. As a recognized leader in missiology and the founder of the Oxford Centre of Mission Studies, Dr. Samuel has helped Five Talents to build a bridge between theology, mission, and economic development. Dr. Vinay shared his experience and wisdom in pioneering one of the largest microfinance institutions in India and in mentoring missional leaders from around the world. His involvement has helped Five Talents to develop a model that upholds the dignity of the poor while empowering churches to be agents of transformation in their communities. Thank you Vinay for sharing your talents with us.