Christ calls us to care for those living in poverty. The question is how?

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Who is HOPE International?

“Employment builds hope, produces dignity, and creates a sustainable solution to poverty.” Peter Greer, Created to Flourish

Meaningful work is the engine of human flourishing.

Endowed with God-breathed gifts and passions, we reflect our Creator as we labor to bear fruit and bless others, inviting them to experience the dignity of meaningful work.

But in our broken world, many barriers can keep us from flourishing, and poverty is one of the greatest barriers.

In Created to Flourish, Peter Greer and Phil Smith explore the Church’s call to respond to families living in poverty and discuss practical ways to get involved. Learn how men and women around the world are using employment-based solutions to provide for their families and serve their communities.

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What people are saying

"This book is a timely and prophetic word, combining solid theology, best practices, and deeply moving stories from the front lines."

Brian Fikkert, PhD, Founder and President, The Chalmers Center

"Created to Flourish is a light to the path of social entrepreneurs, students, and philanthropists showing how to help the poor physically while proclaiming the Good News of Jesus."

Chris Crane, Founder and CEO, Edify

"Created to Flourish is an honest, insightful, and practical resource forged from the vast experience of the authors who deeply care about seeing people lifted from poverty."

Chuck Bentley, CEO, Crown Financial Ministries

"God made us to experience material sufficiency, to engage in meaningful relationships, and to experience the dignity and joy that comes from knowing we’re wonderfully made and uniquely loved. God created us to flourish." Peter Greer, Created to Flourish

A holistic approach

At HOPE International, we believe men and women in poverty have the God-given talents and skills to provide for their families.

What they don’t have is a lump sum of money to invest in their potential—by paying school fees, saving for the future, or investing in businesses. In obedience to Christ’s command to love our neighbor and make disciples of all nations, we provide discipleship opportunities, training, a safe place to save, and loans. In addition to material sufficiency, we desire to see men and women around the world find their soul’s satisfaction in Christ and become dignified, hope-filled providers in their families and communities.

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About the authors

Peter Greer

A graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School, Peter worked in Rwanda, Zimbabwe, and Cambodia prior to coming to HOPE in 2004. Peter is the co-author of several books, including The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good (2013), Mission Drift (2014), 40/40 Vision (2015), and Rooting for Rivals (2018). Peter lives in Lancaster, PA, with his wife, Laurel, and their three children. Follow Peter on his blog at or on Twitter @peterkgreer.

Phil Smith

Phil Smith is a private investor and currently serves on the board of several for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Phil's education includes a bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University and a master’s of business administration from the University of Tulsa. He has co-written two books on microfinance, A Billion Bootstraps and Created to Flourish. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife, Shannon.

Meaningful work is the engine of human flourishing.

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