We soon learned that human trafficking is a symptom of a broken society. Preventing it would require igniting change in multiple areas simultaneously. This understanding eventually led us to start a nonprofit, Good Bureau, focused on investing in young Romanian change-makers. These leaders would then bring change in their chosen spheres: job creation, working with broken families, providing housing. In reducing vulnerabilities, they could help combat human trafficking.
With a wealth of experience in global missions and foreign relations, Alan MacDonald is a valuable member of MDE’s Board of Directors. His passion and commitment to incarnational ministry resonate with MDE’s mission.
I came to faith through the example and the faithful witness of Shannon and William. I am convinced of the potential for witness inherent in the marketplace because it is a part of my faith journey.
As an organization, MDE is committed to authenticity. We strive to fulfill the promises we make to both our volunteers and our members. That means we are careful not to over-promise. We would prefer to over-deliver. Some blue suits were never made to help you fly.
Warren Janzen was a part of the MDE launch, and remains an integral member of the Board of Directors. Warren is passionate about missions to unreached communities, and he understands the needs of missions workers globally. In bringing his missiological experience to the MDE Board, he joins a team of business development experts, ministry veterans, and professionals from around the world.
Despite decades of dialog about business as mission (BAM), it is still difficult for many people to understand that you can do real missions and have a real business at the same time.
My training was in church and nonprofit business, but when I reached North Africa, starting a church was out of the question. So for-profit business became the natural way to impact the community. This had not been my plan, but the more I became involved in business, the more I realized my previous church-based objectives of spreading the gospel and strengthening disciples were still appropriate in the business context.
A recent report from Asia illustrates how community development ventures and churches can partner together to reach those in society that would otherwise be unreached by traditional church ministry.
Clive became a member of MDE in 2016 and works in our Disciple Making Employee division. Here is his response to the question, “what does MDE mean to you?”
Volunteer BAM Team Manager, Jim Schlott, shares why he is sold on MDE’s approach. We are grateful for volunteers like Jim who are helping to shape MDE through their service, expertise, and passion.