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THE CAUSE: Vietnam Case Study

THE_CAUSE-CASE_STUDY.pngMany of ACCI's programs provide vocational training, micro-enterprise opportunities and support to generate sustainable incomes. These avenues develop personal and community resilience, and provide people with viable alternatives to exploitative and unstable labour hire through:

  • Direct income generation opportunities that are dependent on local, rather than global markets, and
  • Access to skills that increase ability to secure fair and safe employment.

AOGWR Vietnam Pay-It-Forward Program: Local Income Generation Through Animal Husbandy

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Sarah Ardu - Seeing a Multiplying Movement of Disciples

Untitled_design_(30).pngSarah Ardu is an ACCI fieldworker having served in Cambodia since 1998. She is passionate about church planting and developing strategies for Church Multiplication Movements (CMM). She provides CMM training to the missionary community through the Jonathan Project, and to Cambodians through New Vision Movement. 

In today's blog post Sarah shares some of her highlights from her time on the field.

2014 was the year that a major milestone was reached on the road to seeing the Cambodia Dream become a reality. I now have 3rd generation disciples within 1 year of leading people to the Lord. This means that I led someone to the Lord and trained them to be a multiplying disciple. This new disciple then led someone to the Lord and trained them. And my disciple’s disciple led someone to the Lord and is training them to do the same all in less than 12 months. 

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THE CAUSE: People Above Profits: Saying No to Exploitation in Global Markets

BLOG_3_SQUARE.pngThere is abundant food in the field of the poor, but it is swept away by injustice. - Proverbs 13:23 

“If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.” - George Monbiot, SBS Investigative Journalist

In Vietnam, the average rural farmer works long hours. He or she produces two yields of rice each year, using natural rainfall and irrigation practices. Their hard work produces large quantities of grain as they try to meet both domestic and overseas demand. Yet despite high yields and a large export market, entrenched poverty remains for Vietnam’s farmers. The high cost of imported fertilizers and pesticides undermines profit from increased crop yields. The mechanisms and ‘middle men’ that sit between producer and consumer also chew away at profits, such as collectors, millers, exporters and retailers. At the end of each year, the typical farmer will have earned only US$300 (1) - less than one dollar per day. And yet, multiple times more of the profit margin is taken by wholesalers and retailers, who typically use their position to demand even lower prices from primary producers. 

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ACCI's Biblical Basis for Missions and Relief

BIBLICAL_BASIS_FOR_MISSIONS_AND_RELIEF.pngWe are called to participate in God’s redemptive plan and Christ’s mission of reconciliation.

The comprehensive scope of creation, sin and redemption is evident throughout the Biblical story and is central to our Biblical worldview. In the creation account we see God’s intention for all He created to live in harmony and peace. Creation shows humankind in right relationship with each other, with right self-image and in right relationship with the rest of creation. These right relationships are all held in perfect harmony through an undefiled primary relationship and intimacy with God.

Through the fall we see how all four of these relationships became sin affected and broken (Gen 3:11-24). The result of this disharmony was the emergence of human poverty, which is experienced as spiritual, physical, emotional/ psychological and social poverty. Humanity’s distorted image of themselves, and subsequent fractured relationships with each other, has led to inequality and injustice, which are the basis of all social disorders including material poverty. 

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THE CAUSE: Defining Social Justice

THERE_ARE_OVER_2_000_VERSES_THROUGHOUT.pngIn today's blog post we continue our theme of 'The Cause: Justice for the Poor' and look at how we can define Social Justice.

How can we break down the idea of social justice even further? Well it is two concepts rolled together: Structural Justice and Social Responsibility.

Click here to read Part 1 of our 'THE CAUSE: Justice for the Poor' series - What Does Biblical Justice Demand of me?

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Raise: Mozambique Update

FACEBOOK.pngThe lack of employment opportunities in Mozambique leads many people to start up their own small business to support their families. In many of these small businesses people make very little profit as they sell just a few things, oftentimes food products. In the case of food products, they and their families often end up eating the goods to sell out of necessity, which further limits the profitability of the enterprise. 

In the beginning of this year the Hope Centre had the privilege of helping a child named Ezra. His father was unemployed and had decided to open a business in his own house to help his family. The business was going well and as a precaution, he decided to install an electrical security system to secure his business and home. Every day he made sure that the electrical security system was off in the morning and that it was on at night, carefully doing all that was necessary to maintain safety. 

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THE CAUSE: What Does Biblical Justice Demand of Me?

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Jesus’ life is a profound example of what it means to live committed to social justice. Throughout the New Testament we see Jesus stand for social justice as He embraced those excluded on the basis of social status, gender, ethnicity and age; a powerful demonstration of impartiality and equality. We read of stories where He challenged oppressive systems and confronted powerful brokers of such systems, including tax collectors, rulers, those with political power, and spiritual leaders. He denounced cultural and religious practices that created barriers to fulfilling the commandment to ‘love our neighbour as ourselves’. He advocated on behalf of the poor and the oppressed to the point of equating meeting the needs of the poor with serving Christ himself. This emphasis on love, acceptance, fairness and justice combines together to build our current idea of social justice.

There are over 2,000 verses throughout the Bible that speak to the issues of poverty, justice and fairness. In light of this Biblical weight it would be hard to find a Christian in this day and age who would argue that social justice isn’t an important issue to God and therefore to His church, but what does social justice actually mean for us? What does a life modelled after Christ and founded upon Micah 6:8 “Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God’ actually need us to do?

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Nepal Earthquake Update

nepal1.pngOn 12th May, Nepal was hit by a major aftershock measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale. This aftershock caused significant further damage including destroying more buildings and triggering landslides. All ACCI Relief field workers and partner organisation staff have been accounted for after this aftershock. Many families have now been forced to once again leave their homes due to fear that their already damaged homes could collapse.  

Project staff and volunteers have also reported significant emotional stress and trauma especially due to the anxiety caused by persistent aftershocks. Many are exhausted from the work they are doing, nights sleeping outside and the trauma of losing their homes and people they know. The need for secondary trauma counselling for staff and volunteers has been recognised and support is being provided. 

The death toll from the earthquakes is now over 8,000, figures likely to continue rising. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 8.1 million people have been affected by the earthquakes.

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Mothers Heart

Mother_Heart_Baby.JPGACCI partner Mothers Heart, believes in "empowering women with choices".  Here is a story from just one of the young women they have assisted through their crisis pregnancy counselling service in Cambodia. 

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Creating Child Friendly Spaces in Nepal

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We have started a child friendly space in Barabise, Sindhupalchwok to support the children of families impacted by the earthquake. The children are excited to be there and play together with friends and neighbours. Ninety six children have been registered to participate at this child friendly space, which is part of a broader program that focuses on family preservation.

ACCI Relief is working with on the ground contacts from Next Generation Nepal. ACCI Relief and Next Generation Nepal are both members of the Better Care Network, a network of organisations focused on the issue of children without adequate family care and working towards reducing family separation and supporting family based alternative care.

[Photo: NGN/THIS Child Friendly Space]

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