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Missional Business, Training & Leadership Development in SE Asia

Untitled_design_(4).jpgPaul and Kim work for a missional business that operates as a professional education centre in SE Asia, teaching English language, vocational skills and Christian leadership. The main focus of this school is to train both men and women to get into the workplace and to become active leaders in their communities and churches, bringing fullness of life to the people of this region.

The school serves both educated urban people and rural young people. Each year students are screened and accepted for one or two years of vocational training in baking or housekeeping. Through living in community, classroom and practical training, and daily work experience, these students are nurtured in their life and faith so that they in turn may support and impact others. Many of the students are from believing families, and embrace the opportunity to receive discipleship and Christian leadership skills before returning to their home communities and churches. Beyond purely vocational skills, students also learn life skills that will help them to thrive in a rapidly changing society. They are taught budgeting, time management, work ethics, coping with change and other skills essential for success.

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Training Pastors in Mozambique

Untitled_design_(2).pngGreg and Kim Hart are focused on impacting Mozambique with the gospel by training and discipling pastors and leaders. They train multiple church denominations in different rural areas. Oftentimes these leaders are illiterate. To overcome this Greg and Kim use audio recordings and MP3 players to communicate concepts effectively and consistently. The Harts’ training is focused on teaching sound doctrine. They also help broader community life through training in improved farming techniques and business development.

Leaders who undertake the training include potential church planters, local Pastors and denomination leaders. At the end of 2014, Greg and Kim hosted the first of three graduations. Greg shares: “It’s that time of year again! Graduations are a celebration of the work our students have done during the year. This year we have hosted three Graduations in various locations throughout the district. It is a privilege to be able to award certificates to recognise the study that the students have completed.”

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Championing Women in Europe

Untitled_design_(88).pngLeanne Rhodes is the Founder of Abolishion, an anti-trafficking organisation working in Romania to raise awareness, provide professional training, build capacity in government and provide restoration care for survivors. She is also a champion of the church in Romania and wider Europe, spending time working with churches and womens’ movements. She shares about this aspect of her work with us here:

“Absolutely not!” they said. “We knew right from the start it wouldn’t work to have a woman in this role.”

In that moment I tried my best to remind myself that this was not about me, even if it felt like it. Our trainer for the upcoming Romanian Pastor’s training had just dislocated his shoulder and was unable to do the training. As the newly instated Next Level International (NLI) Romanian Country Leader it made sense for me to jump in and do the training, given I was a fully ordained pastor myself and was already going to be there. 

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I volunteered in an orphanage and why I think you shouldn't..

TeachersAppreciationWeek_(4).pngAs we drove away we could hear the sobbing of children fade off into the distance. Just moments ago their fingers were being pried away from the sides of the jeep as we tried to make our exit. Some children stood in silence with blank stares while others wept uncontrollably.  We sat in the back of the jeep in silence as we tried to process the scene that had just played out. One of my fellow volunteers broke the silence by simply saying “What have we done?”

What had we done? We had spent 6 weeks playing, teaching and caring for kids living in a children’s home in the Philippines. Every year millions of people travel around the world to volunteer, and orphanages are one of the most popular destinations. I had provided those kids with hours of English practice, hugs and laughter but in that moment as we drove away it finally hit me it wasn’t worth it, for those children I had caused more harm than good.

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Part 2: What's the link between orphanages and cane toads?

TeachersAppreciationWeek_(1).pngOrphanages - Lessons from the Cane Toad

Lesson 2

by Matthew Jarlett, Harvest Bible College

In Lesson 1 we compared the importation of Cane Toads with that of orphanages in the developing world. In this article I wish to develop this idea even further.

I remember my first visit to Queensland as a young boy. One of the locals had set up a tourist attraction where kids like me could not only come and see the infamous toads up close, we could even race them! Mine came last, but I had lots of fun anyway.  

The truth is though, all the locals hated the toads. Even the attraction owner wished they have never come, but reasoned, “While they’re not going anywhere I might as well make a buck.”

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What's the link between orphanages and cane toads?

CANE_TOAD.jpgOrphanages - Lessons from the Cane Toad

Lesson 1

by Matthew Jarlett, Harvest Bible College

Sugar cane is an alien species to Australia, imported here to exploit a perceived lucrative economic opportunity.  However, the tiny native Grey-Backed Cane Beetle almost put an end to that dream as it decimated the new plantations. The proposed solution? The American Cane Toad. Despite biosecurity concerns which initially limited its introduction in 1935, only one year later the possible wealth to be had proved irresistible, the flood gates were opened and the toads spread rapidly. They are now considered an exemplar invasive pest. They have devastated the biodiversity of North East Australia, and continue to spread west with no plausible eradication plan in sight.

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Are Good Intentions Good Enough? Protecting Children in Short-Term Missions

blog.pngby Rebecca Nhep ACCI CEO International Programs

If there is one thing I have learnt after 16 years of working in international missions and development it is that it is exhaustingly complex! Issues don’t fit into neat boxes, pat answers can’t find their place and cookie cutter solutions usually create more problems than they fix. All of the assumptions I carried into my ‘career’ have become myths debunked and the sobering reality that I and others like me are left to grapple with is that it is dangerously easy to do harm- even with the best of intentions. If this is the case even for those of us who have invested years into learning a language, culture, and taking a deep dive into certain social or missional issues, what about short-term mission? How much more of a concern is it when applied to the activities of short-term teams? 

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FROM THE FIELD: Vietnam

Van_the_workshop_participant_interview_subject.jpgPregnant mother finds maternal nutrition workshop life changing

By Catherine Tô

In the lead up to Mothers’ Day, our ACCI Vietnam team wanted to share a heartwarming story about a participant at a Maternal Nutrition workshop. Late last month (April 2016), team members sat in on this workshop in a rural village. Afterwards a pregnant mother shared with them about how life changing the training was. Her emotional story, hugs and overwhelming gratitude reduced our team members to tears.

Dressed in red, Vân, a pregnant mother with expressive brown eyes stood on the periphery as we interviewed a participant from the Maternal Nutrition workshop. 

I sensed that Vân was bursting to share her story too and was determined to ask her, but we suddenly received word that Dr Ánh, the workshop presenter was just about to leave. We wrapped up our interview at hand and rushed inside to talk to the presenter.

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NEPAL UPDATE: 12 Months On

Untitled_design_(1).pngSUMMARY OF DISASTER

On April 25th, 2015, Nepal was hit by a massive earthquake causing widespread damage which resulted in the deaths of over 9,000 people and impacted millions of people. 14 out of 75 districts were badly affected with many villages reduced to rubble leaving thousands of families homeless, highly vulnerable and in desperate need of assistance.

Aftershocks and landslides in the weeks following the earthquake followed by a long blockade at the India border significantly delayed the rebuilding and recovery efforts and caused further challenges for affected families.  

SUMMARY OF ACCIR’S RESPONSE

ACC International Relief launched a humanitarian relief appeal to assist those impacted by this disaster. In conjunction with our partners on the ground we developed a disaster response plan which focused on humanitarian relief; child protection & anti-trafficking and medical care. In the last 12 months the following has been achieved: 

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THE CAUSE: Have They Heard?

Untitled_design_(80).pngInvesting in the Call of Others

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
Romans 12:6-8

“And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:42-45


One thing many of us really desire is to leave a legacy. Whether it is to our children, our churches, or a particular cause, we dearly want to know that what we do today will have an impact beyond tomorrow.

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