12) You Will be Moved by "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind"

Have you seen “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” (available on Netflix)? It’s about a young boy in Malawi trying to make it through life in spite of his family’s poverty and the political forces around him. He loves science and wants to learn — but there are so many enemies that seem to want to keep him away. The movie seems fit for ages 12 and above for sure. There’s a scene or two of fighting, but nothing that a young lad wouldn’t see on any other prime-time drama. Frankly, the life lessons about trying to make it in the midst of a corrupt democracy is pretty chilling. You’ll ponder this one for a long time after viewing it. Learn more about the movie on the BBC’s synopsis page at…


5) Fikkert & Kapic (and Chalmers) Release New Book, "Becoming Whole"

From the author of, “When Helping Hurts,” comes a new book, “Becoming Whole.” Learn more at…


Perhaps it would make more sense if we included this snippet: “We keep trying to live out the story of Western civilization, even though it doesn’t fit who we are as human beings. And we keep asking poor people to join us in the story, giving them roles to play that don’t fit them either… We need a better story, one that fits who we a really are as human beings…


“You see, the story of poverty alleviation shouldn’t be to turn Uganda into the United States or the inner cities in the suburbs, for all of these places are fundamentally broken. Rather, the right story calls for all these places to become more like the New Jerusalem. That’s God’s story. It’s the only story that is actually true, the only story in which we can actually play the roles for which we’ve been created. It’s the only story that actually works.


“That’s what this book is all about; helping us to change the story of our lives in general and of our poverty alleviation efforts in particular.” You can actually download an entire chapter for free at…

5) Free 30-Day Mini-Course: "Intro to Biological Agriculture"

If you’re looking for a way to optimize your soil — or if you’d like to utilize this approach with the unreached people group you’re trying to reach — get started today with this 30-Day Mini-Course that is completely free of charge. You’ll follow a sequence of emails over the 30 days that will expand your mind and enlarge your soil possibilities! Give it a try. You can always unsubscribe at any time.


If you find that you like the material, you might enjoy other offerings at…


which seeks to help you learn to make better soil, grow better crops, and, in general, steward the land more effectively on behalf of the creator.


3) Looking for a CHE course in the Indy Area? Want to learn DBS/DMM?

Here’s a CHE course that designed primarily (but not exclusively) for those who will be implementing CHE during a short-term mission trip. (The truth is, many CHE programs have at first been introduced during fairly short-term visits anyway.) The majority of the course is being facilitated by the lead trainer at Medical Ambassadors International — so it’ll be top-notch stuff. But what’s also unique about this particular CHE course is that it is building in a core segment focused on launching Discovery Bible Studies (DBSes) for the purposes of launching a Disciple-making Movement (DMM). Some say this DBS to DMM approach has been sorely missing in the whole CHE paradigm, so the guy often tagged as the originator of the CHE model (Stan Rowland, author of Multiplying Light and Truth) has authored a new study manual on DBS to DMM (using material from our friends at CityTeams — thanks again guys), and we’ll be featuring it on the final day of this CHE course. Participants will not only be trained, but will actually end up LEADING a DBS with guests in 10 break-out rooms in one of the final sessions. Then we’ll debrief and wrap up after those “sample” DBSes. Should be a really fun and helpful training experience. Model-Assist-Watch-Leave. But better register today. It’s Sept. 24-27, hosted by East 91st Street Christian Church. Register at…

10) Have you Heard of the Urban Version of CHE?

City You Live InIt’s called Neighborhood Transformation. It’s “Urban CHE!” It holds these core values:

*** Integration and Wholism
*** Relationships
*** Never do for others what they can do for themselves
*** Long-term solutions
*** Local ownership and initiative
*** Strength-based approach
*** Reproducible tools
*** Multiplication and Movements
*** Christian servant leadership

Want to learn more about NT? Visit

10) Looking for a One-Book Explanation as to What is CHE? [updated]

multiply_light_greenMaybe one of the best one-volume introductions of Community Health Evangelism (CHE) is Stan Rowland’s “Multiplying Light and Truth.” Stan was the man identified by many as the ‘inventor’ of CHE. While serving in Kenya a couple of decades ago, he noticed that many institutional approaches seemed to be flagging in their effectiveness. He began to experiment with low-tech, community-based solutions. His training gradually evolved into a series of principles that many have now adopted for global use. Because he didn’t hold on to them tightly, he’ll never become a rich man. But hundreds, if not thousands of villages (and now urban areas) have benefited both physically and spiritually as a result of his teaching. Catch a lot of his vision and values in Multiplying Light and Truth, available at…

Then, most importantly, emulate his teachings by DOING them in your neighborhood, regardless of where you live. Thank you Stan Rowland.

4) Community Health Evangelism In Florida June 9-13

che.traininginfoYouth With A Mission (YWAM) Orlando will host a Community Health Evangelism (CHE) Training of Trainers 1 (TOT1)

from June 9 to 13, Monday through Friday. The registration deadline is May 19. The trainer has considerable experience doing CHE in India. Successful completion of the 33-hour CHE TOT1 training earns a certificate and access to CHE materials. $150 covers the cost for CHE TOT1 training and all materials. Room and board, while space lasts, can be purchased separately. For more info, email
launchteamatywamorlandodotcom or call +1-407-273-1667.

3) Community Health Evangelism In Florida USA In June —

che.networkYouth With A Mission (YWAM) Orlando is hosting a Community Health
Evangelism (CHE) Training of Trainers 1 (TOT1)

from June 9 to 13, Monday through Friday. This will be a part of YWAM
Orlando’s School of Missions.

The trainer has considerable experience doing CHE in India. Successful completion of the 33-hour CHE TOT1 training earns a certificate and access to CHE materials. Cost for CHE TOT1 training and all materials: USD $150. Optional cost for room and board (while space lasts) is
$100 for five nights in dormitory-style housing. Space is limited. Inquiries will be handled on a first-come-first-served basis. The registration cut-off is May 19. For more info, email
launchteamatywamorlandodotcom or call +1-407-273-1667.

7) Where is the Best Training for Community Development? —

cheThis past week, we received an inquiry from a Brigada participant wanting to know where he could find the best training for community development, in a 3-5 day format. We sent him to…

where he would find the training schedules for those who have formulated a more formal affiliation with the CHE Network. But do you know of any other such listings of relevant training for community development, either in CHE form or the new “Neighborhood Transformation” format for urban areas? If so, please click “comment” after the web version of this item and we’ll all be glad you did.

12) Got Lesson Plans for Neighborhood Transformation?

If you didn’t before, you do now:

Several of them are free, too. Neighborhood Transformation (“NT”) is like CHE only for city-dwellers. Stan Rowland has been a leading voice in both movements (if not the founder?) and he has set about now to help create a “CHE for the urban context” and ALL of us will benefit. Thanks Stan! :-)

5) Study Neighborhood Transformation (or CHE) online

che6EFCA Equip is staging another one of those online “book courses” beginning Wed., Feb. 19th. Learn more about the course here…

then register here…

They charge $50 for the course plus $10 if you don’t already own “Multiplying Light and Truth” by Stan Rowland. I did this course a few months ago. If you have time and you’re self-directed, there can be some great discussions with your peers. It’s mainly a “read and discuss” kind of approach. The course organizers would be the first to admit that an in-person CHE course is more engaging, but if you can’t get to one of those, it’s great that they’re making this format available.

11) CHE Training in Dallas-Ft. Worth

Want to do holistic ministry? Pioneer Bible Translators, in collaboration with the Global CHE Network will be offering training in Community Health Evangelism (CHE) in Grand Prairie, Texas, January 27-31, 2014. CHE integrates evangelism and discipleship with disease prevention and community based development. A 2-day Vision Seminar is available for $50, or the complete 5-day Training of Trainers (TOT1) formation costs $180.  Both programs include CHE materials and lunches each day.  For more details and registration, go to

7) Take CHE Online Beginning Sept. 11

Better sign up soon though. It starts next week! Just browse to…

You get affordable course tuition: just $25. Of course, with the NT slant, as much as 1/3 of the content is shifted to fit the context in the USA. But I’ve done this Neighborhood Transformation version and you can probably adapt it to your overseas situation, especially if you’re working in an urban location. Hope to see you in the class!

12) Take CHE Online; Is it possible?

Now we know. It is. Just browse to…

Much more affordable for the course tuition; just $25. Pretty much the CHE course you always wanted, with, perhaps, as much as 1/3 content shifted to fit the context in the USA. But I’ve done this Neighborhood Transformation version and you can probably adapt it to your overseas situation, especially if you’re working in an urban location.

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