Editorial by Helen Gaw
‘Mobilising local resources’ is another way of saying ‘It starts with us’. Mobilising local resources begins with recognising what we have and realising what we can do with it.
Our skills and knowledge are fantastic ‘local resources’ that can remain hidden. On pages 4 and 5 we share an approach to small businesses that aims to make the most of people’s skills, and on page 15 we ask how we can learn from the knowledge of older people.
Once we recognise what resources we have, we are free to share them generously with others (page 7). Local churches are well placed to serve and empower others in this way (page 14), believing and trusting in God as the source of all good things.
With confidence and hope we can also increase what we have, through income generation (page 5) and working with government and others to get better local services (pages 8–11).
But money remains only part of the picture. The most significant change often comes through working hard to develop good relationships. Friendship in itself releases resources, for example through shared know-how, but it has a much deeper importance in our lives than providing for our material needs – it gives us love and acceptance (pages 1–3).
So mobilising local resources is about making the most of what we have, increasing what we have and sharing what we have. Let’s open our eyes to see not just the opportunities and resources we already have, but the value in the people around us.
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