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Assessing the city (planning projects and actions)

This Bible study can help us explore some biblical principles as we plan projects and actions

2016 Available in English, French and Portuguese

A group taking part in participatory video workshop in Myanmar. Photo: Andrew Philip/Tearfund

From: Reveal toolkit: Awareness-raising

Tools that help to raise awareness of an issue, often with the aim of changing harmful values, beliefs and behaviours

This Bible study is based on Nehemiah 2-4.

It makes the following key points:

  • Nehemiah gets permission and assistance from the king, who is not a believer. This highlights the importance of working with secular authorities and the potential to access additional resources (2:4-9).
  • Nehemiah makes an assessment of damage to the walls, so the project is based on a clear understanding of the problem. Good assessment data is needed before a church and the community embark on a disaster response project (2:11-16).
  • Nehemiah illustrates well an orderly approach to reconstruction, as each step is laid out with plans and reviewed regularly (2:11-18). From the start, he experienced opposition, and people mocked and ridiculed him for what he was trying to do (2:19- 20). He developed ways of countering and resisting this, depending on God.

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