Throughout the bible God tells us that he wants to see poverty and injustice eliminated. And he calls his followers to do all they can to achieve this. A key element in people being able to lift themselves out of poverty is the ability to earn an income. This empowers people and enables them to provide for themselves in a sustainable way. But there are a number of factors that can hinder people s ability to set up a successful business. As Mike Clargo discovered when he visited Uganda, many people are held back by a lack of training in how to run a business well. Mike has written these excellent guides to fill that gap. I would highly recommend these workbooks to people who are thinking about setting up a business, to people who want some advice on how to run their business more successfully, and to churches and organisations who are looking to assist people in these areas. --Richard Gough, Finance and trading director, Tearfund
Following Jesus means using our abilities as best we can to make good news to the poor a reality in our time. I believe this project reflects that ambition. By using all the Church can bring to bear, alongside Best Business Practice, this initiative offers a way to lift people out of poverty by helping thousands of small businesses in the Developing World. I believe God will call many people to join this initiative, which has the capacity to make an enormous difference in delivering the first of our Millenium Development Goals, the eradication of absolute poverty. Giving the poor a practical way to lift themselves, their families and their communities up to self sufficiency and independence must be one of the most powerful manifestations of God s love. The Reconxile business training scheme gives every church the means to help the poorest directly by giving them the basic business skills to start and run good and honest ventures. This business training initiative is an important opportunity, enabling ordinary Christians to be directly involved in poverty alleviation. The materials are a valuable and proven resource. I would strongly encourage individuals and churches to use them to serve the poor. --Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
About the Author
Mike Clargo usually works as a management consultant to organisations such as Microsoft, Siemens, Emerson,... and to various Churches and Church organisations. His commercial skill set is in using engineering design tools to equip management teams to design strategy and structure. He is a Chartered Engineer; and a Fellow of the Institute of Business Consultants. He is married, father of two, lives in Essex, runs local youth group, school governor, trustee of local child contact centre, member of Transformational Business Network (TBN). And wrote www.reconxile.org and www.tesseracts.co.uk From 2004 to 2007 he was an Independent Trustee of Cambridge Theological Federation (ecumenical grouping of the theological colleges). But most importantly, he loves God & usually feels unreasonably blessed.