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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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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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