community development

3) Do You Know Someone Who Needs a Hand? (Literally) Try One of These

While traveling in West Africa this past week, we were able to deliver a custom made prosthetic hand to our team there. I was then able to watch them explain its use to a gentleman with whom they’ve been working. Imagine the depth of his smile when he learned he would now be able to grip a broom handle with both hands, instead of with only one. (He had lost his other hand in a shooting accident.) You’ve got to see these to believe them:

 

https://www.facebook.com/LN4hands/

 

Highly recommended.

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…

 

https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Whole-Opposite-Poverty-American-ebook/dp/B07G2WLLJY

 

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…

 

becomingwholebook.com

6) Thank you, University of Kansas, for Your Community Toolbox

We know. It’s NCAA Basketball tournament time here in the USA. “March Madness.” Everybody gets hoop happy. But the University of Kansas does more than produce basketball players. They also try to help those who are helping communities. Take, for example, their Community Toolbox.

https://ctb.ku.edu/en

It’s packed full of helpful resources for all of us who want to make a difference in our community and our world. Just the 46 chapters of “Learning a Skill [in Community Development]” alone are worth the price of admission (which, by the way, is FREE!):

https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents

We would do well to MEMORIZE the entire 46 chapters!!! (Thanks for the tip, Mindy!)

3) Is “Walking with the Poor” the Best Source for Community Development?

walking with poorBryant Myers’ 2011 book is already a classic. In “Walking with the Poor,” he attempts to provide a theological backdrop for transformational development, while showcasing best practices in uniting our thinking on spiritual and physical domains of life. So the question is — would this be the best book available to date as a backdrop for NGO’s and community health evangelism (CHE)? See the book at …

http://www.amazon.com/Walking-Poor-Principles-Transformational-Development/dp/1570759391

2) Combined Community Development Training and Personal Debriefing

LRM Being a change-agent in a developing community is greatly rewarding but doesn’t come without its stresses and difficulties. It’s not uncommon to put a lot of energy into a community development project only to have results and community response less than what you had hoped for. The folks at Le Rucher Ministries know – they have years of experience in bringing wholistic Community Development in recovering war-torn areas as well as debriefing cross-cultural workers. They are offering a two week training and personal debriefing combination August 17-29. Explore wholistic biblical principles on how to help a community reach its God-given potential, at the same time as processing the impact of your current experiences and projects. This training is for Community Development practitioners and field workers who want to hone their skills as well as debrief their current experiences. The training is held at their center just outside of Geneva, Switzerland and the cost of 650 Euro covers all materials, meals and accommodation for two weeks – not a bad price! For more information go to their webpage at:

https://lerucher.org

Space is limited so fill out an application today and get ready to hone your skills for greater effectiveness.

2) Community Development Curriculum on DVD in 10 Languages

BOKSI’m holding a gorgeous curriculum in my hands. It’s from Nation-2-Nation Film studios and it focuses on community development. It’s available in at least 10 major languages. It combines the cumulative knowledge of doctors, agriculturalists, dentists, and veterinarian experts, who have worked among the world’s poor, and pools that information into a single, practical and easy-to-use curriculum. The series, known as “BOKS” (Building Other Through Knowledge and Service) is being used by missionaries and nationals in over 35 countries. It is currently available in: English, French, Creole, Spanish, Indonesian, Hindi, Cebauno, Tagalog, Mandarin, Swahili, and Hausa and costs $175. Learn more at…

http://www.winministries.org/store

There are 4 sessions on basic hygiene and health, 8 on Basic Medical Prevention and Care, 2 on Basic Dental Care, 5 on Family Health, 7 on Basic Ag. And Farming, 4 on Pregnancy and Childbirth, 4 on Child Development, and 2 more on the Female Reproductive Cycle. So with 36 sessions, this is a virtual introductory course on the entire community development foundation. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this just might be the most comprehensive distance learning curriculum available anywhere today in community health. 21 DVD’s — all for $175. That’s basically $8/DVD. I can’t imagine any better deal ANYWHERE that would so comprehensively give you so much of a body of knowledge at a distance. Plus, the videos are high quality. Yes, many are lecture-based, rather than the participatory style that CHE has made so famous. But if you have to learn this material through a distance learning course, you probably aren’t worried about using participatory instruction techniques (because you’re solo). If you can’t get to a CHE course in person, then this course is highly recommended. And if you CAN, then take CHE to acquire the training in participatory teaching, then use this course to expand your body of knowledge about the principles, techniques and the knowledge base of community health.

9) If You Minister to Those in the USA, Try “NextDoor”

Is your ministry in the USA? Would you benefit by a community focus in your neighborhood? If so, try the great new community-builder called “NextDoor.” A Brigada reader referred us to this new Cool Tool just this past week. I decided to try it with my own neighborhood and have been pleasantly surprised at how quickly it is catching on. Already, 23 neighbors have joined me in the new online space that is set aside just for our own subdivision (nobody else can join). Just browse to…

https://nextdoor.com/invite/zecuwzekmgnvqfzgqxxt

And sign up. It’s absolutely free — and no ads, either. You can delineate the precise perimeter of your neighborhood, and the software will automatically generate postcards and even mail them out for you at no cost. If you know email addresses, you can either send out the link for your new neighborhood yourself, or, if you prefer, provide them, and NextDoor will invite your neighborhood FOR you. Looks like a fantastic tool for community development types — and it’s completely spam-free. Love it.

2) New Community Development Curriculum on DVD

Nation-2-Nation Film studios is pleased to announce that a new community development curriculum on DVD is now available in more than ten major languages.  This revolutionary curriculum is designed to help lift communities out of poverty and disease.  It combines the cumulative knowledge of doctors, agriculturalists, dentists, and veterinarian experts, who have worked among the world’s poor, and pools that information into a single, practical and easy-to-use curriculum.  The series, known as “BOKS” (Building Other Through Knowledge and Service) is being used by missionaries and nationals in over 35 countries.  It is currently available in:  English, French, Creole, Spanish, Indonesian, Hindi, Cebauno, Tagalog, Mandarin, Swahili, and Hausa and costs $175.  For 10% off all DVD products use the promotional code “promoboks10” at

http://www.winministries.org/store

(This offer is good for the next two weeks).

1) Chompin’ at the Bits to Learn CHE? Here’s your Chance —

I don’t know how Tim has done it — but somehow he has priced a full CHE TOT1 course, led by the guy who some say virtually invented it, at a price so low it seems impossible. I know I’m in — and I’d love to go through CHE with you, especially if I know you’re getting a steal-of-a-deal. Learn more at…

 

http://www.che.teamexpansion.org

 

This particular CHE will add a major focus on urban, intercity, and USA components, but there will still be the familiar core that is taught in every TOT1 course around the world. Stan Rowland, the point man, will be there to answer all our questions throughout the experience. And — I wonder if CHE has ever been offered anywhere in the USA so affordably before. But better register fast: There are only 30 seats… and 3 of them are already filled. Once the course fills, Tim will let us know and we’ll mention it in the comments to this section — plus show it as “Full” on the registration page. See you at Emerald Hills.

1) One Person Can Empower Thousands —

Join Chalmer’s Microfinance With Education Four-Week Course! March 19-April 22, 2012 Promoting Church-Centered Savings and Credit Associations has been created by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development to support the promotion of savings and credit groups as an outreach of the local church in the Majority World. This training is for practitioners and organizations who desire to help churches support savings groups that can help the poorest of the poor access lump sums of money. The primary motivation comes from the desire for individual lives, households, and communities to be transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit working through change agents such as the local church and savings and credit groups.

 

To begin the enrollment process of becoming a Chalmers Certified Trainer in the Majority World please visit

 

http://www.chalmers.org/work/gtc/mwe/apply

 

3) A Brand New Community Development Curriculum —

Nation-2-Nation Film Studios is excited to announce the launch of their newest Community Development Series: Effective Livestock Care (ELC). It’s designed to help people better their living conditions by training rural families and sustenance farmers on the basic care and treatment of livestock. In 13 bi-lingual sessions, Dr. Peter Quesenberry of Christian Veterinarian Mission covers essential topics out of his book “Where There is no Animal Doctor”. ELC uses in-studio lectures supplemented with abundant live, in-field examples, as well as numerous pictures and diagrams.  ELC is being translated into dozens of languages, but is initially available now in English/Spanish and English/blank space (for live translation into any language). It is temporarily being offered at an introductory price of $75.00 For more information, for viewing samples, and for ordering, follow this link:

 

http://www.winministries.org/store/

1) A New Community Development DVD Curriculum —

Here’s a new tool, in numerous languages, for short-term and medical mission groups to use in local churches, schools and community centers, for outreach and for development.  It is a revolutionary tool designed to help lift communities out of poverty.  Imagine taking the cumulative knowledge of doctors, dentists, nutritionists and agricultural experts, who have worked among the world’s poor, and pooling that information into a single, practical and easy-to-use video curriculum.

 

The teachers speak at an easy pace, using basic language, so that they can be easily understood, even by those with limited education and vocabulary. Many “appropriate technologies” are covered to help overcome sickness, poverty, and malnutrition.  The series can also be used by Missionaries and Church Planters to meet the physical needs of a community, opening people to evangelism.  It is currently available in five languages, including an edition with English followed by a blank space for translation into any language.  To see sample clips and for ordering visit:

 

http://www.winministries.org/store/products.php?19

 

Very cool.

1) A New Community Development DVD Curriculum —

Here’s a new Community Development DVD study solution, available in multiple languages.  This is a revolutionary new curriculum designed to help lift communities out of poverty. Imagine taking the cumulative knowledge of doctors, nutritionists and agricultural experts, who have worked among the world’s poor, and pooling that information into a single, practical and easy-to-use video curriculum in numerous languages.  To purchase or learn more, see…

 

http://www.winministries.org/store/index.php?cPath=2

 

(Thanks to the folks at Win Ministries for supporting Brigada this past week with a nice gift! This bumped them up in the queue and also bumped them up in the table of contents!)

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