Photo: Isabel Carter
Photo: Isabel Carter

CHANGING COMMUNITIES

We are all aware of many kinds of problems in our world - both on a global scale and in our own local situations. We see violence, poverty, prejudice and selfishness and a growing divide between rich and poor - not just between countries, but also within countries.  Many people are searching for hope and spiritual direction. Many Christians believe that they cannot simply turn away from these problems and concentrate on worshipping God. Just as Jesus came into this world and became fully involved, so must they as God's people. What should the role of the church be in development?

Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 53 in html.

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  • An integrated approach to HIV/AIDS: Chikankata Hospital Care and Prevention Teams

    by Mark Forshaw. Chikankata Hospital Care and Prevention Teams  As the HIV/AIDS epidemic in southern Zambia began to grow, the  response of Chikankata hospital was to set aside hospital wards for  AIDS patients and to provide out-patient services linked to a  home-based care programme. These services linked communities and community health workers to the hospital services as well as to counselling and education. However, it soon became clear that there were just too many ...

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  • Bible study: Dealing with the whole person

    Dealing with the whole person   Jesus gave us some clear guidelines for our work and he always emphasised the importance of meeting the needs of the whole person - not just people's spiritual needs. However, many churches ignore his guidance and concentrate only on spiritual needs

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  • Holistic change in communities: a checklist

    by James Harvey. Christian values and thoughts are desperately needed within development work and should run like a thread through the whole process of our work. Our lives tell a story. Christians have been described as the 67th book of the Bible. People read our lives, our words and our actions and draw conclusions about our faith from them.  The way we live our lives declares whom we love and on whom we depend. We are all witnessing all the time. 

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  • Holistic change in our communities

    We are all aware of many kinds of problems in our world - both on a global scale and in our own local situations. We see violence, poverty, prejudice and selfishness and a growing divide between rich and poor - not just between countries, but also within countries.  Many people are searching for hope and spiritual direction. Many Christians believe that they cannot simply turn away from these problems and concentrate on worshipping God. Just as Jesus came into this world and became fully ...

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  • Letters

    Choose life I co-ordinate a programme against AIDS called 'Choose Life' with a total of 40 church denominations. It was not easy to set up this interchurch group, but with God's help we managed to draw up a programme with the objectives of:

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  • Life choices

    People - whether as individuals, families, communities or nations - have a range of resources. When people are asked about their resources, they usually think of money. However, this gives a very incomplete picture of their lives. People own or have access to different kinds of resources.

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  • Mobilising the community

    by Isabel Carter. 'Dream dreams about how you would like your community to look in two years, ten years, or even 30 years time. Close your eyes and imagine how it would look, what sounds there would be, what people would be doing.' This is what the members of the Masai church in the remote village at Olendeem, S W Kenya, were encouraged to do back in October 2000. 

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  • Picture voting

    by Jonathan Anderson and Todd Rasmusen. Mission Moving Mountains had been working with the community of Mbiti village, Uganda. We had visited all the homesteads and held a number of community meetings and now people were ready to select a leadership committee to be trained and empowered as community leaders.

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  • Resources

    The Health Manager's Toolkit The Health Manager's Toolkit features 51 electronic 'tools' for health professionals, collected from 20 different organisations.  Available in English, French and Spanish, the tools are easily accessible, informative, up to date and practical. The tools include spreadsheets, forms for gathering and analysing data, check-lists, guidelines and self-assessment tools for management systems.

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  • Working with the nomadic Tuareg in Niger

    by Ian and Jenny Hall. The work of JEMED (Youth With A Mission) in Abalak, Niger, uses a  holistic approach to development. It demonstrates the Christian faith by helping to meet the physical, social and spiritual needs of the community. 

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