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Everything can change in just 1Day. Will you join us?

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Sometimes it's difficult to know where to start.

You turn on the news, open up Facebook or perhaps just walk down the street in the capital city where you live. And you feel overwhelmed.

With so much suffering and so much need in our world, it’s easy to find yourself thinking – what could I possibly do that would actually make a difference?

But imagine if everyone who felt like this did something? If people – just like you and I – looked at what was in our own hands to give and gave it freely; even if it was just for one day.

Then together, we really could change the world.

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A Journey of Change for Trabeang Treay

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In October 2013, ACCIR’s Rebecca and Bandith Nhep begun consultations with the community of Trabeang Treay, in southwest Cambodia. Food security and water scarcity were highlighted as major concerns, among others. Here Rebecca shares just a few elements of Trabeang Treay’s remarkable journey of change and the way life has improved for people involved in the Village Life project.

Trabeang Treay is located in Takeo Province; a drought stricken area of Cambodia which lacks proper irrigation systems and, over the last decade, has experienced increasingly irregular rainfall patterns. The lack of access to water and irregular rainfall has a serious effect on rice crops and the livelihood and wellbeing of communities in the area, affecting their food security, nutrition, family income and livelihood.

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What Australia’s proposed orphanage tourism ban means for Australian charities and churches

In February 2017, Attorney General Senator George Brandis QC requested that the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade launch an inquiry into modern slavery in Australia. It is now likely that a Modern Slavery Act – which will seek to eliminate slavery within Australian supply chains – will be introduced. This Act will include measures aimed at preventing orphanage trafficking, which will affect all Australian charities and churches currently funding overseas orphanages and/or facilitating volunteering in orphanages.

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Shine Your Light

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Life is vastly different for women leaders and pastors in Sri Lanka, compared to Australia.  With few avenues to see mentorship and guidance, and little recognition of the role they play in church life, they are often forgotten and overlooked.  It's a significant gap that the Alokaya Women's Conference - led by Alison Atkison, and made possible by 1Day funding - seeks to fill.

While spending time in the presence of God at Hillsong’s Colour women’s conference in Australia, ACCI field worker Alison Atkinson was hit by a thought: what if the women of Sri Lanka could have the same opportunity to be ministered to as she did?

“It was during one of these conferences, I clearly felt a real burden for the women of Sri Lanka and that I needed to host our own conference in Sri Lanka, bring in anointed guest speakers and allow God to speak to our women and empower them,” Alison says.

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1Day to Change the World

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It’s a simple idea with a powerful and lasting impact: give one day’s salary to help improve the lives of the world’s poorest people.

This year, a record number of individuals and churches will take part in the growing 1Day movement, choosing to sacrificially give of their own resource so that people in need may begin to see increase in theirs.

As Enjoy Church Senior Pastor Shane Baxter explains, it’s also an opportunity for the Church to follow Christ’s lead by giving in such a way that it truly costs us something.

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How to Change a Nation

Harts_Graduation_Photo.jpgGreg and Kim Hart see strong life-giving churches as the key to transforming the nation of Mozambique. In fact, Greg says “a strong nation starts with a strong church”. But for churches in Mozambique to be all that they are called to be, it’s essential for pastors and leaders to have a solid foundation in leadership, discipleship and the Word. And that’s been something Greg and Kim have passionately pursued over the past 10 years, as they’ve led countless local church pastors and leaders, church planters and denominational leaders through ministry training.

Greg says before taking part in their training – which is delivered via audio format due to high illiteracy in Mozambique – many pastors would have simply preached from their own experiences.

“A church would be lucky to get a 15-minute sermon and the sermon is just about the pastor’s life rather than Biblical principles. We teach them how to find a sermon, preach a sermon and disciple people.”

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Life - live it however you can!

Written and Photos taken by Mark Pedder, ACCI Field Worker

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I am always amazed by the sea of houses that you can see from my roof. Just homes jammed next to each other, on top of each other, everything connected, very few houses that actually stand alone, every little lane way or alley goes “somewhere”, with very few dead ends.

As the world’s population increases, most of the growth around many of the world’s major cities (at least in the developing world) comes in the form of an every swelling poor populace, living often in conditions like you see above. As bad as these living conditions are, at least they have homes.

I am spending a few days collecting new photos and video footage from various parts of Manila, trying to tell a few stories from this seething mega city, get a few snapshots of life away from the tourist areas from the viewpoint of the poor.

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Update: Haiti Appeal

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ACCI Relief is constantly working to keep children in families. In post-disaster contexts, like the one following Hurricane Matthew that hit Haiti last year, children are often at risk of ending up in institutions (orphanages and other residential care facilities).

This can happen when families feel forced to give up their children when faced with the harsh realities of not being able to provide a home or adequate care for their children. This is of particular concern in Haiti, as the 2010 Earthquake saw numerous children unnecessarily placed in institutions following the disaster. These were children that had families – families that did not have access to the support needed to keep their children with them as they rebuilt their lives.

Two families that were struggling to care for their children in the aftermath of the Hurricane last year have found a way to remain together thanks to the work of our implementing partner Lumos and the generosity of ACCI supporters.

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From a Beggar to a Manager

Sepheo_blog_photo.jpgJoshua and Belinda Groves founders of Sepheo and project partners of ACCI Relief are passionate about seeing every child off the streets and living out their purpose in Lesotho. They do not treat the surface issues of poverty alone, but identify what has driven children to the streets and focus' there effort there. Joshua writes about one such young man who was found as a beggar but is now a manager.

"A few weeks ago, I was walking down the main street of Maseru on my way to a meeting. From afar, someone called my name and chased me down. It was one of our recent graduates from Sepheo School. He wanted to say hello. He asked if he could buy me a coffee. I said that I would have to take him up on his offer another day, as I was already late. Without a second passing, he pulled a wad of cash from his pocket and passed me a 50 Rand note ($US3.5/$A5) and said I could buy myself one later. This amount was enough to buy 3 or 4 coffees. Of course, I declined his offer of cash and promised we would get together for coffee soon.

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KINNECTED: What is Kinnected Doing? Part 5

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OVERVIEW:

Sepheo was established in 2013 to help children and youth living and begging on the streets of Maseru, Lesotho’s capital. Through building relationships with the children and researching their family situations Sepheo gained an understanding of the causes of child and youth homelessness, which included a lack of supervision at home, poor coping skills, family issues or difficulty coping in mainstream schools. They also found that when a child decides to run away and live on the street rarely do relatives persuade them to return. As a result living on the streets quickly becomes a permanent arrangement, due to a lack of appropriate intervention. The longer children are on the streets the harder it is to convince them to leave as they become more comfortable and pick up negative behaviours. Programs providing services to these children (in particular on-street feeding and clothing) often increase the number of children as it incentivises life on the streets over remaining with or returning to their families. Sepheo realised that the best way to improve these children’s long term outcomes was to help them reintegrate back into family life; either with their parents or extended relatives, and receive support to enable them to thrive in that family environment.

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