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Our Mission is to transform communities and Nations, One Life at a Time by developing holistic and sustainable solutions to combat injustice, poverty and reinstate the value of life. We aim to promote equal access to the rights and services that protect life and human dignity.

“Learn to do right! Seek justice, relieve the oppressed, and correct the oppressor. Defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.” – Isaiah 1:17 (AMP)


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THE CAUSE: Have They Heard?


BLOG.pngResponding to Local Contexts So That All May Hear

There are over 7,000 unreached people groups in the world today with the highest concentration located in Asia. Some of these cultures lack sufficient numbers of believers and resources to reach their own people group. These areas are without a self-propagating Christian Church movement and may have never heard the gospel.

Part of ACCI’s vision is for a world where all people have an opportunity to hear the gospel and the freedom to choose, believe and express their faith. But what does it mean to hear? Is it possible that in some contexts, the gospel has been preached but never authentically heard?

 

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FROM THE FIELD: Thailand

sue2.jpgWolfgang and Dianne Sue are two of ACCI Mission's newest missionaries having left Australia for Thailand at the end of 2014. Having served on the field for just over one year it is inspiring to read of their journey so far!


We have had another exciting month here in Thailand.  We are building a number of interesting connections to villages and are looking forward to buying a car and being able to travel there. We are continuing the English and cultural exchange program at our local church. Please pray for people from the community around our church, to come and learn English and so hear the gospel message. We attended a baptismal service at church a couple of weeks back. It was a really moving service as eleven older people managed to climb into the ‘pool’ to be baptized as they sought God (pictured right).

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Vanuatu Cyclone Update

1.jpgIn March 2015, ACCI Relief launched a Humanitarian Relief appeal to provide immediate assistance and recovery assistance to affected communities. One of the projects we were able to assist with was the repair and re-building of Green Hill Primary School.


Headmaster Joseph Kalo and his teaching staff, kept their school open following Cyclone Pam in difficult circumstances. They continued the school year with kindy classes in two small UNICEF tents and classes 1 through 6 meeting under plastic tarpaulins. Very little furniture was recovered after the cyclone to furnish the classes and many children sat on the ground. School ended successfully with regular government end-of-year exams and a school picnic.

 

 

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ONEDAY visits Vietnam

Untitled_design_(63).png6 YEARS

420 PEOPLE

For the past 6 years, AOG World Relief in Vietnam, have hosted the ONE DAY Campaign. What started as a team effort in their office back in 2010, has since become a yearly event. This year 129 participants were hosted and momentum continues to grow!

Each one who comes is passionate and committed to the powerful concept of giving one day's salary in order to change someone else's world.

The team at AOG World Relief shares,

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FROM THE FIELD: Little Lambs Daycare Centre

Untitled_design.pngWe love receiving updates from our missionaries from all around the globe! 

Deb Kneale is currently working for Mothers Heart, a pregnancy crisis centre, established by ACCI fieldworkers Paul and Katrina Gliddon. Deb’s role involves training and mentoring Khmer Childcare workers at Little Lambs Daycare. This centre operates to provide a childcare service to single mothers in the Mothers Heart program, so that they are able to work to provide for themselves and their child. This enables mothers to leave their children in a safe, loving and stimulating environment while they attend work.

We hope you enjoy reading Deb's latest update as much as we did!

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Cyril & Evelyn Westbrook


2.pngACCI Mission's longest serving missionaries, Cyril and Evelyn Westbrook were honoured in Papua New Guinea earlier in November with the British Empire Medal for Service to the Church and Community in Papua New Guinea. This British Empire medal has now been renamed to be the "Order of Logohu" (which means Bird of Paradise) and even though the name has been changed, the medal still has the crown on the medal.

Cyril and Evelyn faithfully served in PNG for 42 years (1950 - 1992) and are still active in ministry in so many ways.

Congratulations to Cyril and Evelyn on this prestigious recognition. They truly are heroes of the faith. 

 

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FROM THE FIELD: Mother's Heart, Cambodia

Untitled_design_(59).pngToday's blog comes from ACCI Relief project, Mother's Heart located in Cambodia. Cambodia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the South-East Asia region, with 5 women dying every day during childbirth. More than a third of Cambodian women who die from pregnancy related causes die from unsafe abortions. Mother's Heart is the first and only crisis pregnancy counselling service available in Cambodia. 

Today we look at the story of Soklone, a mother of twins, one of the Mother's Heart clients. 

Sometimes at Mother’s Heart we get to see our clients long after they are off the books. Soklone called in recently, bearing a basket of fruit for the staff and baby powder as a donation for other clients. What a different woman she has become, confidently in control of her life, assured as a mother and caregiver of her own mum and younger brother.

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THE CAUSE: Who Pays The Hidden Cost of Consumption Pt 2

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Rural Empowerment Program

In Cambodia, the availability of water and food security are often issues at the top of the list of community needs and pressures. For subsistence farmers, survival depends on natural resources and predictable growing conditions. ACCI Field Workers Rebecca and Bandith Nhep are working with rural communities in Cambodia. Through consultations and community-led development, many of the villages they work with have identified a need to address food security. The chosen method has been to build resilient and sustainable livelihoods through permaculture.

Small permaculture farms enable subsistence rice farmers affected by changing weather patterns and reduced rainfall to ensure year round food security, generate income and reduce exposure to harmful pesticides and fertilisers. This also reduces their vulnerability to exploitative and unpredictable working environments as families become self-sustainable, rather than dependent on income from factories or seasonal labour. 

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THE CAUSE: Who Pays The Hidden Cost of Consumption?

-LEARN_TO_DO_RIGHT__SEEK_JUSTICE_DEFEND_(29).pngUNDERSTANDING THE LINK BETWEEN POVERTY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

We all need a healthy planet. Sustainable ecosystems give us clean air to breathe, the water we need and the food we depend on. Caring for our environmental systems needs to be addressed as a poverty and justice issue, as many of these naturally available building blocks for human life and well-being are being denied to those with small political voice and little economic power.

Sustainability is about generational justice - both between generations and within our present generation. It is about finding ways to live now that do not compromise the ability of future generations to live well. It is about fair distribution of resources, so that the present needs of many are not denied in order to meet the temporary ‘wants’ of a few. Development - in both rich and poor nations - must be environmentally sustainable or it will harm the most vulnerable. 

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THE CAUSE: Addressing Trafficking and Exploitation in SE Asia

-LEARN_TO_DO_RIGHT__SEEK_JUSTICE_DEFEND_(28).pngCambodia is a nation facing overwhelming problems of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking. It serves as an origin, transit and destination country for victims of trafficking in persons, commonly for the purpose of commercial sex work. Women and girls are especially vulnerable to sexual exploitation and trafficking.

Founded in 2005, ACCI Partner Chab Dai works in Cambodia to address trafficking abuse and exploitation through NGO collaboration and informed practice. Chab Dai currently has 50 faith-based member organisations who all work towards addressing this issue, and who are supported by Chab Dai to build their capacity and work towards best practice. By investing into these organisations Chab Dai is assisting to raise the level of care provided to survivors and those at risk of being trafficked or exploited. 

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