WGM missionaries are working together to promote Community Health Evangelism ministries at the International Wholistic Missions Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. They will be networking with other groups involved in CHE in order to learn more and find out how they can continue to provide for and increase their work with communities around the world.
What Is CHE?
According to the Global CHE Network website, “CHE equips communities to identify issues and mobilize resources to achieve positive, sustainable change. Lives and communities are transformed as people come to Christ and work together to address local needs.” CHE strives to connect with each culture on an individual basis. Some programs are church-based, others community-based; some are part of the national government’s health program; some programs are focused on adults, others target children; and some specifically target women.
CHE is different from secular development programs because of this perspective: CHE volunteers view their work as a ministry rather than an occupation. Although CHE has traditionally been used in rural communities, concepts of community empowerment relate to cities as well. “Neighborhood Transformation” is the urban model for CHE.
Rather than focusing on material handouts, CHE wants to enrich the whole person. The approach is participatory and community-driven and can include lessons on economic development, agriculture, leadership, taking care of the environment, biblically-based morals, and social justice—all integrated with spiritual truths.
Partner with CHE
PRAY: Ask God to give those promoting CHE wisdom and strength as they train and mentor and to encourage CHE trainers, committee members, and Community Health Evangelists to put into practice all they have learned. Pray that entire communities will come to know Him and experience Christ-centered community transformation through this process.
SHARE: Download a speaker outline about CHE to share the message of community transformation.