World Vision International CEO, Kevin Jenkins stated that the Christian faith must play a greater role in providing permanent solutions to humanitarian crises.

“If you’re going to be doing something sustainable, we’re not going to be there forever. But the church is, so it’s a very important partner for us,” Jenkins said.

Some of the larger childrens’ charities have been pressing governments and companies to let Christian and faith-based organizations be more involved in solving humanitarian crises such as lack of food and water, sanitation, epidemics, civil wars, religious persecution or natural disasters.

Jenkins argued that faith-based organizations are ready to meet the needs of those in crisis.

“[I’m] trying to magnify the role that faith plays in our world but particularly in the world of development,” Jenkins said. “We know that ultimately we don’t have sustainable, lasting solutions if the Christian faith is not part of it. So to highlight and be a credible presence there in the midst of something that is pretty secular for the most part, is pretty important.”

The president of the working group said churches are important in bringing long-term solutions to these various crises. He explained that churches know the people and they have a better understanding on how to deal with the problems the community is facing.

“If you’re going to be doing something sustainable, we’re not going to be there forever. But the church is, so it’s a very important partner for us,” Jenkins said.

Source:
Premier. (2017). Premier. https://www.premier.org.uk/News/World/World-Vision-President-Only-Christianity-can-bring-lasting-humanitarian-change

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