Bright Hope World Podcast - "It Ain't That Simple Mate!"

The Bright Hope World podcast discusses poverty, missions and just about everything that has to do with efforts to alleviate poverty and bring the gospel to the poor.

Hosts Fraser Scott (Bright Hope World's Executive Director) and Kevin Honore (Bright Hope World's New Partnerships Facilitator) look into the nature of poverty, how it can be alleviated and the mistakes westerners often make as they try to help the poor. Oversimplistic solutions are challenged because when it comes to ain't that simple mate!

Episodes are released every two weeks.

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9 - Foundations for Farming Special

November 24, 2020 • 41:58

Fraser Scott talks to John Vlaming (Bright Hope World's Agricultural Director) and Jerry Field (Bright Hope World's Zambia Partnership Facilitator) about the Foundations for Farming programme.

Foundations for Farming helps people in developing countries to use their land more effectively so they can provide for their families. It emphasises sustainability in farming, as well as addressing mindsets that can impact farming effectiveness.

For more information on Foundations for Farming, visit

8 – What’s the Role of the Church in Addressing Poverty?

November 10, 2020 • 47:49

'It Ain't That Simple Mate!' takes a slightly different tack in this episode, looking at the role of the local church in tackling poverty. With so many agencies and government departments battling poverty, Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore ask whether there is anything unique the church can bring to the table.

The podcast deals in practical terms with how a church that wants to address poverty can make practical steps towards doing so in a meaningful and biblical way.

7 - The Five Best Ways to Address Poverty

October 27, 2020 • 48:06

Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore counter the last episode's list of the five worst ways to address poverty with a list of five really good ideas that are making a difference among the poor globally.

Microloans and table banking are looked at, as well as agricultural development, empowerment of women and a couple of other strategies that are paying big dividends in terms of communities and lives being transformed.

6 - The Five Worst Ways to Address Poverty

October 13, 2020 • 47:56

Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore list out five really bad ideas to address poverty, mostly from mistakes they've made!

They consider some of the things that can drive us and that we might 'take with us' when we try to help the poor, and the damage these can do. Be prepared to feel a little bit uncomfortable!

5 - How do you partner with the Poor?

September 29, 2020 • 46:11

How do you build relationship with the poor and partner with them as equals to help alleviate poverty?

Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore consider how the challenges of crossing cultures and forming sustainable relationships focused on addressing poverty can work. How do you deal with power imbalances? How do you prevent money from destroying relationships? How do you correct for the inherent influence that we as westerners carry with us as we seek to serve the global poor?

4 - What is it like to be Poor?

September 15, 2020 • 44:58

Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore look at what is it like to be among the poorest of the poor.

While not being economically poor themselves, Fraser and Kevin have worked among the poor for many years and share some of their observations as to what the experience of being poor is like, and some of the challenges the poor face that we might not be aware of.

A key resource discussed in this episode is 'Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It'' by Robert D. Lupton (Buy on Amazon).

3 - Who are the Poor?

September 1, 2020 • 42:52

In this episode Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore ask the question 'who are the poor'?

Where do we find the poor, and when we go below the surface, who do we find are the 'poorest of the poor"?

We look at the plight of women, children, refugees and the disabled, as they navigate life in difficult places.

2 - What is Poverty?

August 18, 2020 • 48:03

Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore look at the nature of poverty - is it really just a lack of resources or is there more to it than that?

The discussion focuses on the relational nature of poverty and why that matters, particularly when westerners step into other cultures in which we see 'the poor'.

A key resource discussed in this episode is 'When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself'' by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert (Buy on Amazon).

For more information on our view of poverty - click here.

1 - So, Who Are You Guys?

July 31, 2020 • 44:36

The very first episode of the new Bright Hope World podcast: "It Ain't That Simple Mate!".

Hosts Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore explain why they're doing a podcast, and who Bright Hope World is. Fraser and Kevin look at Bright Hope World's vision, mission and values and how these impact how Bright Hope World works to help the poorest of the poor around the world.

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