Because Community Health Evangelism (CHE) programs are truly owned by the local community, we begin by asking, “What would you like to see changed in your place, if someone were to teach you how to do that?” Answers will vary depending on the local need. Our library of simple lessons covers a huge number of topics that address felt needs.
“Why do children die from diarrhea here?” “What causes this devastating malaria?” In every community health is a major concern. CHE lessons focus on prevention of disease and death. Simple changes bring major health improvements. Beyond health concerns, communities’ interests can range from agriculture to literacy, from microenterprise to knowing God. Grassroots transformation can result.
Women’s Cycle of Life
Around the world gender discrimination is keeping women from realizing their full potential and worth. Women’s Cycle of Life (WCL) provides a curriculum which deals with women’s health issues—from adolescence, to child-bearing/care of children, to menopause. Relational issues (like mothers-in-law or forgiveness or gossip) are addressed from a biblical viewpoint. WCL lessons address gender inequality from the perspective that we are all created by God with great value. This is life-changing good news for women worldwide.
Men Matter lessons are intertwined with the Christian Family series, Women’s Cycle of Life, and Bible Storying to provide communities with a solid foundation for healthy families.
In view of the benefit received from WCL, both women and men have pushed for a concurrent curriculum for men. Topics include: Family Violence, Fatherhood, Friendship, and Becoming Men of Integrity.
Rotating Savings and Credit Associations (ROSCA) and Savings and Internal Lending (SAIL) are simple, self-administered savings plans that also can be used as group-owned “banks” for small loans. Lessons include personal finance, making business plans, and moral value lessons from the Bible.
Using CHE with Children
Kids’ clubs can be a means of entry into a community. Children learn about God’s love and report to their parents what they’ve learned. Parents appreciate changes in their kids, as they learn about better health, respect for parents, and how to care for themselves and others.
HIV and AIDS
A large series of lessons address issues common to this disease and its effects. Lessons include prevention of HIV, understanding its transmission, care for those bed-bound, helping communities and churches reduce the stigma faced by people living with HIV, meeting needs of children orphaned by AIDS, and more.
CHE for the Disabled
Around the world there is a strong correlation between disability and poverty. Skills training for caregivers, access to health care, simple rehabilitation, and inclusion in education/ community life/ church life are all vital components of this program. Our goal is to reduce the stigma of being disabled.
The CHE strategy in an urban slum has the challenge of a low sense of community or permanence. CHE programs often begin with a church outreach, or focus on groups with common interests or needs. Once established, a CHE committee can become an advocate voice and a trusted center for neighborhood activity.