SIFAT, a nonprofit Christian organization, located in Lineville, AL, provides training in community development in hard places in our world.
Learn & Serve
Learn & Serve is a ministry of SIFAT that provides an opportunity for Americans to gain a holistic view of the developing world and challenges participants to explore how God calls us to live. Throughout each year, groups visit our 176-acre campus to learn through interactive programming and simulations, as well as a summer training experience. A simulated rural Global Village and Urban Slum are used as teaching tools to let people experience the lives of our brothers and sisters living in the two-thirds world. Understanding the global context challenges us to start at home, responding to local needs as well as global ones.
People from around the world gather at SIFAT’s international training campus to learn practical skills to foster sustainable community development. SIFAT also offers this training periodically in Latin America, Africa and Asia. For more than three decades, SIFAT has provided training and technical assistance in meeting basic human needs to church and community leaders from more than 80 different countries. SIFAT’s methods empower people to develop their families and communities holistically by integrating training for physical, spiritual and social needs.
Part of SIFAT’s vision is to bridge the First and Two-thirds Worlds by providing ways for North Americans to become personally involved in the lives of people in other countries.
We do this by sending short-term mission teams from churches, universities and other
organizations to help empower our SIFAT training graduates with their approved projects. These construction, teaching, evangelistic and medical teams go at the invitation of the SIFAT graduate and work alongside the people in the community. We call these short-term teams for long term development.
JFUMC has sent youth groups to SIFAT for the Learn & Serve experience program and sent two mission teams to Quito, Ecuador in 2006 & 07. The teams worked construction in Atucucho, one of the poorest areas in Quito, on a day care center for 150 children living in poverty.
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