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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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Register for Pan Asia Conference 2015

panasia2015.pngYou don’t want to miss out! Make sure you register for ACCI’s PanAsia Conference, the missions conference on the missions field, Aug 3 – Aug 6, 2015 held at the Novotel Phuket Resort in Thailand.

Pan Asia - the missions conference on the missions field - is now a global event that presents a comprehensive view on all that is happening in the world of ACCI Missions & Relief! Not only will you hear from our inspiring field workers from the Pan Asia region, but ACCI missionaries from Africa and Europe will also be presenting on their unique work at this conference.

The Pan Asia Conference is being held at the Novotel Phuket Resort (NEW VENUE for 2015) who have put on hold 100 rooms until the 3rd of June, which is fast approaching. This event is growing in popularity year after year – so don't miss out on what is sure to be one of the most powerful and inspiring weeks of the year!

Click here for further details or to register. 

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Nepal Update

ACCI Relief initial response is ensuring the supply and distribution of emergency supplies. We have been working in collaboration with ACCI’s own partner Ps Ashok Adhikari to facilitate the distribution of food, water, tents, clothes and other basic supplies. Ps Ashok and his network of churches have begun responding by providing basic food and emergency supplies in shelters and villages.

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Raise: because it takes a whole community to raise a child

raisevillage.jpgChildhood poverty is of enormous global concern with one out of every two children living in poverty. Many times when we hear these statistics, we picture the child as vulnerable, suffering, and facing the numerous effects of poverty alone. In this mental image, the child has been isolated from his or her context - it is easy to forget that the child we picture has siblings, parents who are trying to provide for him or her, extended family and community members who support their development. In reality it is not just the child experiencing poverty, but his or her family and community who are suffering too. Forgetting this context often leads us to attempt to address childhood poverty in isolation of broader societal poverty and its causes.

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