Our mission comes from the bible where we are challenged to help the most needy and to work for justice and redemption for vulnerable people living in poverty. That mission defines our evangelical work.
The church is an important part of social development. The message of the church, about redemption, peace, reconciliation and every person’s equal value, is an important part of enabling everyone to live a life in dignity. The church has a solid foundation in the global community – it understands and knows the current circumstances in a broader sense. By having networks across borders at a grass root-level, the church reaches people and societies in need of support for their own development.
Sweden is unique as one of the most secular countries in the world. In most countries, faith plays a central part in people’s lives. In order to really make a difference for people in vunerability in our work fields, we have to form an approach to the church and people’s faith. This is why Children’s Mission wants to strengthen and utilize the bridges between church and society.
We give support to local partners, leadership- and capability development and building as well as distribution of literature and bibles. We are sending volunteers that can contribute to the social and evangelical work. Children’s Mission does not build its own churches but gives support to the work of existing ones.
Funding that is used for the evangelical work is earmarked donations from churches, organisations and sometimes private businesses. Money coming from sponsorship and separate donations are not used for evangelical work if the donor not specifically requested this by earmarking the donation for this purpose. If a donor chooses to earmark the donation for evangelical work, they are informed that the donation will not be subject to tax reduction, according to the rules of the Swedish tax agency.
Conditional support or grants from Sida or Radiohjälpen, for instance, are never used in the evangelical work. This funding is used in projects that focus on development and change coming from globally established goals and principles such as the Millennium Goals and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We make sure that conditional funding is used correctly by keeping a dialogue with our partners, starting from the planning stage and continuing through out the process, by making reports and follow up-visits on site.