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Christian Microenterprise Development: An Introduction

David Bussau and Russell Mask

Regnum Books (2003), 142pp, ISBN: 1870345282

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The past decade has seen a remarkable growth in mission in countries in the 10-40 window.

Dynamic mission groups are always searching for authentic approaches to enable them to serve communities with integrity and remain faithful to the biblical message. Of the various approaches attempted, one in particular that has arrested the imagination and enthusiasm of many mission organizations is Microenterprise Development (MED). Recent surveys suggest that in excess of 1200 different Christian organizations are currently implementing MED in the two thirds world. Alas, many of these efforts begin with little understanding of the basic fundamentals of creating a credit culture, with the discipline and knowledge of the best practices required.

The objective of this handbook is therefore to provide information to help Christian MED practitioners and donors better understand how to apply Christian MED in ways that build Christ's kingdom. The book draws from literature on secular MED and undertakes eight case studies of Christian MED programs from around the world. It then compares the findings from both to identify the strengths and weaknesses of Christian MED.

David Bussau, an Australian, has wide-ranging experience of holistic development having ministered for 25 years in over 60 countries with a broad range of holistic development objectives. He is considered the father of Christian Microenterprise Development (CMED) and has pioneered numerous creative MED programs.

Russell Mask is Assistant Professor of Community Development and the International Microenterprise Coordinator at the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, USA. He has a Ph.D. in Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has 7 years of MED experience in the Philippines and Kenya.

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