In an ideal world, access to basic necessities like food, medicine, and education would be universally available and free. However, our reality frequently falls short of this ideal. It is critical to recognise that while we strive for a better world, we must also deal with the practicalities of the one we have. To have a significant impact and spread your mission around your world, you must carefully consider how to make your missions self-sustaining. The path to widespread change calls for the development of sustainable businesses that are consistent with your biblical values and purpose. Without this mindset, your mission is stifled.
Spiritual missions will only succeed to the extent to which one understands the practical demands of life. You cannot continue to daydream about how oneday, someday, you would be able to change the world. Godwin Ehigiamusoe, the founder of the Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO), understood the potential of the cooperative enterprise as a veritable tool for poverty alleviation. LAPO provides microloans to impoverished individuals, particularly women, to help them start small businesses. This real-life example showcases how a social mission can lead to both social impact and sustainability.
Godwin Ehigiamusoe began in a simple and practical manner, taking N300 and giving N100 to three women in his local church. They reimbursed him, allowing him to re-use the funds to “lift up others.” As you watch your world, keep in mind that you are attempting to lead a life of love and purpose in a corrupt and greedy world. We do not live in a perfect world where everything is perfect. We must prioritize establishing a formidable economic presence. You will drive your spiritual mission to your heart’s content through businesses and economic machinery you control.