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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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NEPAL UPDATE: March 2016

IMG_8396_-_Copy.JPGHOSPITAL REBUILDING

Aim: To help Anandaban Hospital continue to serve as the leading leprosy hospital in Nepal as well as excel in providing general and emergency services to people due to in-house availability of key staff.

TLMN’s Anandaban Hospital, located in Lalitpur district, provides high quality leprosy as well as general medical services to the people of Nepal. The services provided at Anandaban are absolutely vital as it is the only specialist hospital in Nepal that provides leprosy reconstructive surgery. It also serves the local community as the only hospital in the south of Lalitpur.

42 health facilities in total were damaged in the 2015 earthquakes, disrupting health service provision in Lalitpur district. Despite, the damages that Anandaban suffered itself, it has been a key player (and recognized by the Government of Nepal) in post earthquake injury treatment and rehabilitation. 

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THE CAUSE: Have They Heard?

8.2.jpgOutreach and Ministry Throughout Nepal

The church in Nepal frequently experiences some form of persecution. Recently, a church that was established by an ACCI partner Ps Ashok underwent a crisis in the northern part of Kathmandu. The church was attacked, and the building set on fire. Believers were beaten and kicked out of the village. The local pastor was detained for three days and nights. He was beaten severely and received significant injuries, and is still not safe from further persecution.

Ashok held an emergency meeting with pastors and leaders in Kathmandu. Some members of parliament and a minister also attended. Prayer for peaceful resolutions would be appreciated for this ongoing situation facing the church in Nepal.

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THE CAUSE: Have They Heard?

Untitled_design_(75).pngThe Four Noble Truths: Contexualising the Gospel in Cambodia

Sarah Ardu uses the four noble truths of Buddhism to introduce Cambodians to Christ and the Gospel.

Som Chantha, from the Kandal province in Cambodia, experienced a life-changing understanding of grace through Sarah’s ministry. He was struggling with work on his farm, miserable and troubled by life. He met Sarah, who started to explain the grace of God using the four noble truths, which are foundational Buddhist teachings.

Sarah and Chantha discussed the first truth, that life is suffering. Chantha believes that both rich and poor experience suffering. He shares: “Why do we all experience suffering? Because we all have sin. The rich have sin and the poor have sin. We are the same.” 

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THE CAUSE: Have They Heard?

MANILLA.pngThe Church Planting Journey: A Personal Perspective from Mark Pedder, Philippines

Eighteen months after God spoke to my heart I went to Manila, with no plan, no clear vision, no strategy and definitely no money - the idea was ‘to see’. I went and wandered alone around Manila. I began to stumble into these large slum squatter areas (clearly I was not on the tourist route) and began to preach Christ and pray for the sick. There were some salvations, a few miracles. As I wandered the Lord showed me a vision of the harvest falling off the vine, a country where the harvest was ready but rotting and being wasted, with very few gathering it. Then He showed me another vision - churches without walls, churches made out of the masses of poor people, no buildings, nothing flash, just lots of people, a living, breathing church.

God has graciously allowed us to see a number of churches planted, dozens of leaders developed from people we led to Christ and various ministries being released as our disciples grew and developed into men and women of God in their own right. It’s been fun to watch, and I feel very privileged to have been part of what God has done so far.

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THE CAUSE: Have They Heard?

BANGKOK_CHURCH_PLANT_(1).pngBangkok Church Plant

A new church in the heart of Bangkok has now been launched by the River Team. Of a population of more than 67 million, less than 0.3% of Thai people identify as Christian, and multiple millions in Bangkok have never heard the gospel. Led by Erik and Mariaana Klar, the River Team has now established regular services and connect groups which are predominantly reaching students and working professionals.

From the outset, the vision for this church has been to engage in different spheres of society. Alongside the church plant, the River has also commenced work in two local communities, in which many families are experiencing severe poverty. The local schools in this area are under-resourced, and not able to offer the broad spectrum of services that many of the children and families in this area are in need of. At the request of these schools, the River is now starting a Kids Club, in addition to teaching support throughout the school year. 

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THE CAUSE: Have They Heard?

blog4square.pngChurch Growth in Manila, Philippines

ACCI Strategic Partners, Mark and Christine Pedder, oversee an incredible work in Manila, Philippines. In the midst of urban slums where families experience extreme poverty in unimaginably difficult environments, they are successfully planting and pastoring churches together with local leaders.

Baseco Slum is the area in which Mark and Chris live and work. The Baseco Church has grown in strength and in numbers, and church members are now reaching out to surrounding areas. A second church in Fairview, a nearby slum area, has been planted, a third in Don Bosco and just recently Mark has started outreach in yet another community, Parola.

Parola is a big urban slum, divided by roads and large walls. It is filled with skinny walkways, and houses are stacked on one another and built over the walkways, turning them into dark and dingy tunnels through the neighbourhood.

 

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