At Medical Ambassadors International we believe that development work should be community owned. We promote this core principle by training workers in a very specific development philosophy known as Community Health Evangelism (CHE) which focuses on transforming lives both physically and spiritually.
We offer various types of training:
- Vision Seminars – for those interested in learning more about CHE before jumping in (2 days).
- TOT-S – covers CHE foundations and topics relevant to those who go on short-term mission trips, but who do not start or manage CHE programs overseas; for North American audiences (5 days consecutively or over 2 weekends).
- TOT-1 – covers CHE foundational principles and how to begin to organize CHE programs (5 days).
- TOT-2 – focuses on developing teaching materials, methods, and curriculum (5 days).
- TOT-3 – emphasis on evaluation, project expansion, multiplication, and project management (5 days).
Internships – an immersive experience that provides a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience with CHE programs. For those who have completed at least a TOT-1; some parts of the world require TOT-2 and -3 as well (4-5 weeks).
Women’s Cycle of Life Training – curriculum designed to walk with women as they recognize their value through God’s eyes—physically, spiritually, and relationally. It includes women’s health issues from adolescence to childbearing to menopause. Relational issues concerning marriage, mothers-in-law, forgiveness, abuse, and much more are addressed from a biblical viewpoint. This training is a valuable addition to a CHE TOT-1.
Participatory Learning Style
From the beginning, CHE adopted the LePSAS teaching style to use in the training classes. All CHE lessons are developed around this participatory approach, which focuses on the learner, not the teacher.
LePSAS stands for:
Focus on the learner, not the teacher.
Present a single problem in a simple way that starts discussion.
Through guided dialogue learners reach the “aha” moment.
All learning is turned into action/application.
Teaching is under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and always includes sharing of His eternal truths.
The facilitator is there to involve the trainee in the learning process. In the field, CHE trainers need to facilitate learning, starting where the participants are and building on what they know instead of traditional teaching which tells people what we think they need to know.
One method for introducing this type of learning is “starters.” Starters are skits which pose a problem without giving any answers. Often the larger group is broken into smaller groups for discussion questions. Then each small group reports back what they have discovered.
The vital role of the facilitator is to draw out information as well as to give input (knowledge) that is not elicited from the students.