Ministry among the Poor. . .
Five Talents' work around the world is inspired by the biblical Parable of the Talents and the call of Jesus to minister good news to the poor.
Five Talents works closely with local churches to offer financial literacy training, small group savings, business development, and spiritual formation to those living in extreme poverty.
I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me. (Matthew 25:35-36)
Reaching the Marginalized
We focus on marginalized communities and areas where traditional mission agencies do not reach. Our programs are open to participants from any faith community, but lessons are drawn from the Bible and the training and small groups are coordinated in partnership with local churches or Christian development organizations. Evangelism and gospel proclamation are not featured directly in our training curriculum; however, through prayer, small group fellowship and the involvement of local churches, there are many opportunities to share the message of Christ in word and deed. In Indonesia, over 90% of program participants are Muslim. In Myanmar, many of the participants come from Buddhist backgrounds. In other countries where we work, the majority of participants are Christian.
In addition to the economic and social transformation that takes place through our programs, many participants report a new relationship with God through Jesus Christ, renewed faith, and/or spiritual growth. Here are a few testimonies and reflections from the field: