Answered Prayer! and other Updates
Thank you so much for your prayers for our meeting last week! Several of you indicated - either by reply email or by Facebook comment - that you would be praying for the meeting and its outcome. We were encouraged that you were willing to join us in prayer for that event.
Here are three things we'll cover in this e-Newsletter:
- Report on the CHE meeting last week
- MissionConnect Invitation
- Update on winter ministry activities
CHE Information Meeting (Feb. 20)
The meeting met and exceeded our hopes, and we thank God for a fruitful time! Last Wednesday, twenty people from different regions of Eastern Slovakia gathered in LevoÄa to learn more about Community Health Evangelism (CHE). You were probably asking, "What is CHE?" This is a good time to tell you more about it, and why we're so excited about it.
CHE is not so much a program as it is an approach to mission and helping poor communities. It's a Christian approach - but it's not about simply planting churches. CHE believes God desires every person and every community to experience life that is full of meaning and hope.
CHE sees poverty as a series of relationships that are broken - a person's relationship with themselves, with God, with their community and with their environment. According to CHE, the answer to poverty is not money. Instead, the answer is in healing these relationships - with self, with God, with the community and with the environment. Then each person, family and community can discover that they have the ability to work together to meet their own needs.
The Feb. 20 meeting was intended to introduce participants to the ideas of CHE. Those who are interested in learning more - and possibly starting a CHE program here in Slovakia - will have an opportunity to attend a training session on April 10-15. We are prayerful that through this meeting - and further conversations - God will spark interest in others here in Slovakia who want to join us in this approach. Only God knows what's ahead, but we're excited to be a part of bringing CHE to Slovakia. THANK YOU for your prayers - please continue to pray that God's will and work would be done here.