Mission Crossroads

FAL 2017

Mission Crossroads is a three-time-a-year magazine focused on worldwide work of the PC(USA). It offers news and feature stories about mission personnel, international partners and grassroots Presbyterians involved in God's mission in the world.

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8 Fall 2017 community ownership, focusing on root causes and using local resources, along with a model of participatory-based education. What distinguishes CHE from other community-based programs is its focus on both physical and spiritual needs, and a stronger insistence on communities and individuals finding the answers themselves and owning the program. Together, as a community, people are empowered to discuss their problems, see the opportunities for change and take action. Luta and the Rev. Jeremy Garbat-Welch are mission co-workers serving Christ together in Africa. Luta is the community health facilitator in Malawi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Zambia. Jeremy works with chaplaincy ministries with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian. C ommunity Health Evangelism (CHE) is a multifaceted approach to ministry that addresses the needs of the whole person (physically, spiritually, emotionally and socially) through training and mentorship in disease prevention, community development, evangelism and discipleship. When CHE is presented to a community, its chiefs, district officers or church leaders are led through a visioning process that presents the program's foundational concepts. CHE trainers then engage in a "seed project" within the community. is phase is concrete and tangible, providing the community with a glimpse of the possibilities of change and fostering connection and rapport. After a community has accepted CHE, the CHE trainers assist the community in forming a CHE committee to guide and monitor program implementation. In turn, the CHE committee selects CHE home visitors to get to know their neighbors' needs by providing one-on-one education. CHE committee members and CHE home visitors are equipped to provide ongoing health training through home visits, community projects and discipleship groups. ere are two main CHE activities: individual or small group education and implementation of community projects. e CHE trainers, in partnership with the CHE committee and CHE home visitors, facilitate conversations within the community to assist in recognizing and prioritizing needs, identifying the root causes of these needs and determining local resources that could meet these needs. As the community works together to complete a project, CHE home visitors provide practical and relevant education in their neighbors' homes. For example, if a community is addressing hunger, lessons would cover nutrition. e community then works together to address hunger from multiple angles. CHE has all of the components of most community development programs: empowering people to do things for themselves, equipping leaders to see their community's assets, developing What is Community Health Evangelism? Luta Garbat-Welch SHARING WHOLENESS IN GOD Support Luta and Jeremy's ministry of faith and health in Africa. pcusa.org/donate/E200515 Support CHE in Africa. pcusa.org/donate/E052180 Rachel Weller Using symbols, participants identify which problems are biggest; using leaves they vote on which problem to tackle first.

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