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Business as missions: equipping people with the skills needed for life and leadership

Laos_Pic_from_Canva.pngFor tribal people living in remote villages in the southeast Asian nation where Paul and Kim work, limited freedom of movement and lack of opportunities can result in people falling prey to traffickers and those in the drug trade. Paul and Kim’s city-based school – which provides vocational training courses, as well as English classes – meets a real need by giving people career training and an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty in their lives. 

Vocational training courses – which prepare students for employment in either the housekeeping or bakery industries – also comprise a strong focus on Christian studies and daily devotions. The aim is to bring the Gospel into the daily lives of students, while equipping and empowering them to become leaders in their local churches once they return home; as Paul explains:

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A hope and a future for mothers and their babies

MH_Photo_-_blog_08DEC17.pngBy Katrina Gliddon, ACCI Field Worker and founder of Mother’s Heart

When Mother's Heart started in 2010 it was the first crisis pregnancy service in the whole of Cambodia. In 2017, it remains the only service of its kind.

Before starting Mother’s Heart, we spent a year researching the situation in Cambodia and found:

-          21% of maternal deaths were from abortion-related injuries;

-          there were no social services for girls and women who faced an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, and no reproductive education;

-          gender disparity in Cambodian society meant the blame and responsibility for pregnancy was often placed solely on women, even if it was the result of rape, incest or trafficking; and

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Responding with Love to the Middle East Crisis

28DEC17_Blog_Family_Photo.jpgImagine this:

After years of struggling in refugee settlements or fleeing from one conflict zone to another, you finally get to go home. But instead of the beautiful house you left behind, you find an empty shell; one with no windows or doors, no furniture and no way of keeping warm. You likely have no access to electricity or water and your ability to earn an income has vanished. Welcome to life in Aleppo, Syria.

Next door, in Mosul, Iraq, you've either stayed in your home or found refuge in a temporary settlement while fighting raged around you.  Conflict has now moved on but with ISIS having cut off all outside air during its occupation, you and your children are on the brink of starvation.  You have no idea where the next meal is coming from and can't remember the last time you tasted fresh water.

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


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

Cambodia_8.jpgBy Rebecca Nhep

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


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


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


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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