What is CHE?
Community Health Evangelism (CHE) is a wholistic ministry strategy that seamlessly integrates evangelism, discipleship, and church planting with community health and development. Through CHE ministries, people become followers of Jesus, and whole communities are lifted out of cycles of poverty and disease. [Return to Questions]
Why do we need a strategy like CHE?
- 24,000 children under the age of five die every day from diseases that are preventable
- 884 million people are without access to safe drinking water. Millions more walk long distances to carry water to their homes.
- 2.6 billion people are without adequate sanitation
- More than 10% of the world's population live on less than $1.00 a day
- Approximately 850 million people go to bed hungry every night
- Almost 2/3 of the world's population lives without the light of Christ
- As Christ's disciples we are called to love and action.
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How broadly is CHE being used?
Members of the CHE network represent 395 organizations in 105 countries. CHE programs are being implemented in more than 3500 villages and urban slums. An estimated 35,000 volunteers are actively serving an estimated 3 million marginalized and underserved people worldwide. [Return to Questions]
What is the purpose of CHE ministry?
The purpose of CHE work is not just breaking poverty or planting churches, though both are accomplished. The purpose of CHE work is a transformation in lives and communities that is as deep as the human heart and as broad as the whole range of the human experience in the world God made. Through our work, Jesus is recognized as Lord over all creation, and our development activities bring glory to God by reflecting the depth and breadth of His Kingdom plan. [Return to Questions]
What is the impact of CHE on lives and communities?
In CHE communities, we have seen dramatic reductions in infant mortality rates and incidence of malnutrition, significant increases in local enterprises, people professing faith in Christ, and church growth. CHE ministers trust God to transform beliefs and change behavior so that his peace, justice, compassion, and righteousness are reflected in the life of the communities they serve. [Return to Questions]
What is the Global CHE Network?
We are an association of people and organizations using the strategy of Community Health Evangelism to serve impoverished communities in urban slums and rural poor communities around the world. [Return to Questions]
Why a Network?
The goal of our collaboration is the strengthening of each individual ministry and the expansion of CHE ministries worldwide. We are networked together for mutual support to share useful ideas and best practices, encourage each other, coordinate efforts, and optimize the use of limited resources. [Return to Questions]
What are the benefits of being part of the Network?
The network provides a large pool of resources from which all members draw. By coordinating our efforts with a determination to build up each other's ministries and expand the CHE movement, we gain access to ideas and resources. We also create new opportunities to do together what no one of us could achieve alone. [Return to Questions]
What does the Network offer to those just getting started in CHE work?
Through the network, those who are interested in starting a CHE program can get training, curriculum, and connection with experienced people in their area or region for encouragement and mutual support. [Return to Questions]
How can I get trained in CHE?
CHE training is offered by different member organizations in different locations around the world. A schedule of these training events is maintained on the website. http://www.chenetwork.org/che_trainingschedules.php [Return to Questions]
Who are CHE Coordinators?
Coordinators are experienced leaders who have been appointed by their organization to coordinate CHE efforts in an area or region. They cast a vision for CHE in their area, provide training and consultation to new ministries, and convene CHE councils or working groups. [Return to Questions]
How can I join the Network?
CHE members have completed TOT I, the first phase of CHE training. You may sign up for the Global CHE Network here. CHE members will have access to Member Resources and will receive occasional CHE Network newsletters. Please confirm that you have taken TOT I, and let us know if you are working in a Creative Access area. [Return to Questions]
What is a CHE Working Group or Council?
A CHE Working Group or Council is a meeting of CHE practitioners from different organizations in a country or region. The meeting is usually convened by a Network Coordinator. Practitioners come together to build up each others ministries and to coordinate efforts for expansion of the CHE movement. [Return to Questions]
How do I become part of a CHE Council or Working Group in my area?
CHE working group participants have completed the first phase of CHE training. Those who have completed TOT 1 can go to the Global CHE Network website and join as a member, (www.chenetwork.org). You will be given access to member resources and connected with the CHE coordinator in your area or region by email. [Return to Questions]
What principles govern relationships in the network?
Relationships in the Network are:
- Collaborative: Not controlled by any one organization, but guided by shared vision and values.
- Impact Focused: Intended to produce better results in the communities we serve.
- Enabling: Concentrated on giving access to ideas and resources.
- Mutually Transforming: People learn from each other and individuals and agencies change simultaneously.
- Synergistic: Facilitating a combined action greater in total effect than the sum of individual efforts.
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What is the relationship between LifeWind International and the Global CHE Network?
One of LifeWind’s prime strategies is to foster the CHE Movement. As an outworking of this, LifeWind led in initiating the Global CHE Network. Our commitment is to the advancement of the Kingdom of God through CHE. LifeWind sees the Global CHE Network as a way to enlist others to join in this cause. LWI models collaborative participation as a member of the Global CHE Network. LifeWind continues to commit resources of staff and materials to the network. [Return to Questions]