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We build bridges - Bridges to Transformation

Reclaiming the Marketplace for the Kingdom of God - External Transformation

Market 70 introduces Bridges for Transformation. We create and foster long-term partnerships between businesses, non-profits, churches, etc. in one country with those in another country. Why? To reclaim cities, nations and systems for the Kingdom of God. (Read Our Mission.)

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For example, we might bridge a network of businesses, universities and people passionate about sustainable agriculture in the U.S. with a network of farmers, government, and small business in Uganda. We would foster a long-term relationship between them in which both sides of the bridge achieve their goals of transforming agricultural practices and raising the standard of living among farmers and their communities. For more detail, read All About Bridges.

Learn how you can connect with others and reclaim the world for the Kingdom of God. E-mail us now.

 

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Water Projects are a key to building bridges

Latest Update: On October 14th, 2017  three eighth graders from Highview Middle School in New Brighton, MN just stepped forward to help get clean water to improve the lives of women and girls in Tanzania. Elizabeth, Kendra and Elyse arranged a fun, educational event at a local park. They designed games that taught us about the problems, created a full color brochure, and passed around an eye-catching collection box. When they finished, they had raised enough money to continue purifying water in one of our projects in Ruaha Mbyuni.

These three teens, with vision and heart have, without exaggeration, saved many lives and improved countless others. Thank you! 

Anyone can help. As you can see, even a small effort makes a major difference in this problem. It IS fixable with people like Elizabeth, Kendra and Elyse - AND YOU! Read on for more information. 

No Access To Safe Water: Standing in the way of health. Standing in the way of prosperity. Standing in the way of quality of life.

WaterTankDomilaHow can children pay attention in school when parasites are raging in their stomachs? How can a young woman start a business when she has to walk several miles, twice a day to get clean water for her family? How can a village maintain any standard of health when their water source is tainted? How can a farmer irrigate his land during the dry season?

To make any meaningful change in the culture, economy, family life, health and prosperity of East Africa there must be long-lasting, sustainable solutions to the issues around access to safe water. In doing our research we find there are many civic, religious and commercial organizations trying to address that problem. Market 70 International has been asked to join in the efforts. We are working with a non-profit in Tanzania and a school in Uganda to provide wells and assure safe drinking water. 

This picture is a project in Domila, TZ where a "sweet water" well is now being used to provide water for the people in the immediate neighborhood. A small fee is charged to ensure long-term maintenance of the well and to offset the costs of supervising it. This is the kind of project that is changing the lifestyle of thousands in East Africa.

There are two parts to the water solution.

The first is access to water and the second is access to clean water. Where there are no lakes, rivers or streams, water must be drawn up from underground. This requires drilling a well. That can be very "inexpensive" in the case of hand-drilled wells in areas where water is close to the surface. However, inexpensive is relative. A hand drilled well can be as little as $3000 - which for most areas where we work is almost impossible. A deep well to reach past rock layers or to go below tainted land can be as much as 10 times that.

The second is access to clean water. Even where water is plentiful, it is often contaminated, or it contains dangerous heavy metals. Or, where water is stored (like in the picture) there is often need to insure ongoing cleaning and maintenance of the tanks. Water purification, too can be quite inexpensive. The easiest and cheapest method is to use chlorine. More challenging needs require more expensive and more difficult technology. Many of those methods are in the tens of thousands of dollars.

We Need Your Help

Money. There, we've said it. But money by itself is not what we need. Market 70 is building partnerships around the world with people who want to see sustainable, long-lasting solutions that position people, villages, non-profits, and givernments for success. Our goal is to ensure that "help" is really helpful and not something that has the unintentioned result of holding people in further bondage to continued financial and technological needs. So, how can you help? By helping us build bridges WITH water that lead to lasting, healthy relationships, We are looking for donors, but we want donors who will get involved with us over the long haul. Get to know the people with whom we work. Be humble enough to gain wisdom and resources FROM those relationships. 

You can invest in our water fund at any level - we will set aside 100% of your investment for those projects. None of it will go to our administration or fund raising or salaries. We will see to it that those using the funds in water projects use them effectively and efficiently. We will be "on the ground," teaching, mentoring and building into their futures. You can get as involved as you would like to be and we will help you to do so.

Here are some ideas for giving:

Corporate giving can go a long way to bringing unity of purpose to owners, employees, shareholders and customers. Does your company have a purpose outside of itself? Market 70 can come on-site and teach transformation concepts. We can advise and guide you in corporate giving that is truly transformational - that is, giving that brings about long-term system change. Contact us today or simply click on the Donate link, above.

Clubs, church groups and family giving promote strong ties and give extra meaning to the group's existence. Christmas time brings this to mind, but what about the rest of the year? The water needs are there year around. While most small groups can't afford big amounts, they can commit to ongoing monthly support. That kind of support is especially helpful to us as we make long-term commitments to these water projects. (See this short video for a Christmas giving invitation. Oh, and while we're thinking of it, why not give a gift of water in someone's name? Then download our Water Bottle Wrap and let that person know how h/she has become a partner in something big?) 

So, be creative. Work with us to build briges WITH water. As you read through our website, you will see that our end goal is to remove those things that hold people back from seeing the love and the power of God for their transforming of indviduals, families, cultures, and governments. Whether or not you share in that end-goal, we hope you will join us in the vital, intermediate goal of creating life-giving access to clean water. Contact us today or simply click on the Donate link, above.

 

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Examples of Bridges

Bridge Examples 

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Example: Reclaiming the Hmong People for the Kingdom

The western abutment: a network of Hmong churches, businesses & organizations who want to accelerate and deepen the spread of the gospel message both here and abroad.

The eastern abutment: a network of Hmong missionary churches and small businesses who want to harness the power of marketplace evangelism among their congregations.

Market 70 works with both sides to train and equip for marketplace ministry. We prepare every believer in both abutments to be effective ministers of the gospel through their daily work. We communicate successes and testimonies from the eastern abutment to encourage and galvanize Hmong Christians around increased and improved evangelistic activity.

 

Example: Reclaiming the Forests of Uganda

The western abutment: IMI and ministry partners with a particular transformation interest, e.g. the reforestation of East Africa. This might include a foundation, corporations and individual donors.

The eastern abutment: Small business in Tanzania who has discovered a way to capture and use methane gas instead of charcoal for cooking.

Market 70 works with both sides to train and equip for marketplace ministry. We prepare the village believers in the eastern abutment to use the technology to ease the lives of their neighbors, meeting their felt needs and “healing them” as in Luke 10, while at the same time creating a steady source of income. We connect the providers of money and technology in the western abutment with reliable outlets in the east and build ongoing accountability and reports on donor ROI.

 

Example: Building the Lutheran Church of Tanzania

The western abutment: Lutheran Renewal Churches in the U.S. who have longed for a long-term presence in Tanzania.

The eastern abutment: The Northern District of the Lutheran Church in Tanzania who have prayed for an ongoing, reliable source of training and equipping for evangelism.

Market 70 works with both sides to train and equip for marketplace ministry. We prepare every believer in the eastern abutment to be effective ministers of the gospel through their daily work. We create reliable, greatly expanded, focused missions opportunities for Lutheran Renewal here in the western abutment.

 

Example: Reclaiming Minnesota Native American for the Kingdom

The western abutment: Minneapolis churches, and the “XYZ” Christian Foundation

The eastern abutment: Northern Minnesota Development Council and the Ojibwe Nation

Market 70 works both in the city and on the Reservation to train and equip for marketplace ministry. We prepare believers in the both abutments to be effective ministers of the gospel through their daily work. We identify specific marketplace agendas that foundation, council and Nation investments could leverage to eliminate systemic poverty.

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How Transformation Bridges Work

Market 70 acts as a bridge, teaching and consulting with the two partners and guiding the relationship toward the stated ends.  Networks in each country contribute time, talent and resources in committed relationships for the purpose of marketplace transformation. The partners support and hold each other accountable, while resourcing each other with the wealth inherent in each other’s network. Taking the spiritual authority flowing out of such a partnership, each side intercedes and prays for the other. They share training and resources delivered to each side with the other to strengthen their existing networks and expand them.

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Benefits of Bridges 

 

Of course, we are well aware of the benefits to the poorer of the two sides of the Bridges, but there is considerable benefit to Bridges to the US side as well.

They gain a testing ground for theories of transformational practices

They are able to witness signs and wonders that people see less often in their daily lives

They gain new markets for goods and services, but unlike colonialism, they are able to share with the host country..

 

Practical Considerations – How it will actually function

In every example, each abutment (each end of the bridge) contributes money relative to their respective economy and size of unit. A relationship is established between representatives of both sides of the bridge. Market 70 works with the representatives to establish the annual contribution amounts, mutual goals and expectations, benefits, communication protocols and annual plans. Each abutment recruits and trains an intercession team. Market 70 schedules on-site training and consulting times with each end of the bridge in Spirit-Led Marketplace Transformation. Partnership contributions cover travel and professional fees for the training & consulting, as well as for the recording and distribution of same. Local expenses such as conference expenses, room and board, attendee expenses, copying, & local transportation are to be covered by the abutments as their contribution of time, talent and resources.

Functional or Commercial Partners: M70 will work to involve other partners that are consistent with the transformation goals of the Partnership Bridge. These may be corporations or governments that have an interest in the process and outcomes of transformation, but for whatever reason do not wish to be involved in Kingdom-related activities of the Partnership. These partners may provide financial, technical and/or in-kind assistance to the Partnership Bridge. For example, a major manufacturer of motorcycles may wish to  provide training and parts to a transformation enterprise supporting members of its village through the establishment of a motorcycle repair business. Another example: a major distributor of certain products may wish to provide a key financial investment to start up a local manufacturing presence in a transformation enterprise that would use those products in production or consumption by end-users. Another example: a local government may wish to provide financial incentives to a transformation enterprise wishing to purchase land or build structures.

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Bridge Building and Maintenance

Market 70 fosters Kingdom Transformation throughout the world by building, equipping and fostering Bridges to Transformation – networks of businesses, governments, NGOs and individuals on both sides of the oceans. Long-term relationships supported by Spirit-led processes and impact investing are changing cities, nations and other systems world-wide.

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Bridge Building

 

Bridge Maintenance

Design
Match up individuals, businesses, agencies, etc. with like callings for transformation
Establish networks (Anchor Bridge Ends or Build Abutments)

Communications
Facilitate ongoing communication and relationship building 

Management
Articulate transformation goals
Define Transformation Enterprises
Identify base measures and success measures

Personnel
Equipping and sending workers into the harvest
Transformation Training and Consulting

Financing
Identify Bridge Funding Opportunities
Establish Enterprise financing

Evaluation
On-site inspection
Track and report process success measures

Evaluation
On-site inspection
Track and report process success measures

 
 

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A Farmer on World Hunger

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On our most recent trip to Uganda, a board member gave me this book to read. Howard Buffet has traveled the world looking at world hunger through a farmer's eyes.  

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