NLN42: Keeping It Small Can Still Have Big Impacts with Lauralee Lindholm

Welcome to Episode 42 of the podcast series. Our guest is who, along with her husband, have been involved with rural community development in Ethiopia for over 28 years. In this podcast interview, we discuss topics relating to starting small, letting the experts direct program direction, connecting your board to your program, and striving for self-sufficiency so your cause can go on and grow without you.

Lauralee spent 18 years in Africa with her husband doing rural community development as a missionary. When they returned to the United States, they were overwhelmed with how much is wasted in the U.S. and how much is needed there. Ten years ago, they organized as a nonprofit, started selling donated books on their Heart for Ethiopia eBay store, and soon needed help with shipping as the sales rolled in. From their bookstore proceeds, they have sent over half a million dollars to Ethiopia for rural development in the last ten years.

Heart for Ethiopia focuses on helping rural education and development through churches out in the countryside, where there’s almost no other type of help. There, with a little money, they make a big impact.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • Funding a Ministry: Starting Small
  • Letting the Experts be in the Driver’s Seat
  • Connecting Your Board to Your Program
  • Striving for Self-Sufficiency – and Putting Yourself Out of Business
  • Find a Cause You Can Believe In

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