The month of April traditionally brings us into a new season, with budding life and a fresh change being ushered in. One of the most refreshing things to witness are the transformed lives of those who experience renewed health, improved crop yields, and spiritual renewal. CBM’s Executive Director Terry Smith brings us Episode 3 of “Co-Mission”, this time with CBM Chinese Ministries Team Leaders, John & Ruth Chan. You don’t want to miss it! Keep reading the rest of World At Your Door for more stories of renewal & growth, under God’s kingdom mission of reconciliation.
World Health Day is a global day for health awareness, and this year we want you to meet Goreth. She is a leader of her local Guardians of Hope (GOH) group. She lost her husband to AIDS and she and her son are HIV positive and taking antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. Many children, like Goreth’s son, have experienced stigma – and are teased, bullied or isolated by those who don’t understand, or have fear of, the disease. Yet there is hope, through dedicated churches and programs like Guardians of Hope in Rwanda.
Guardians of Hope is a church-based CBM program that supports families most impacted by HIV and AIDS in Africa and India. They provide spiritual and emotional counsel, encourage families to get tested, help provide access to medical care, pay school fees, start income-generating activities, kitchen gardens, awareness and prevention campaigns, and other activities to improve life and reduce stigma. Goreth gets to experience the joy of hopeful living in the faces of those she supports every day.
Want to involve your Sunday School or youth group on the issue of advocating for greater awareness around issues of health in a global setting? Order a free copy of Kids Care, which features Goreth’s story.
Is your church looking for new material to recharge the life and mission of your church? CBM’s church resources are thoughtfully designed to nurture congregational life within its calling to be the centre of God’s mission in a broken world, whether it’s for individuals, groups or congregations.
Don’t miss Discover, a global discipleship tool to help churches discern its calling to be at the centre of God’s mission in a broken world through an assessment of its values and commitments. We encourage all churches to embark on the Discover process and rediscover its calling as a congregation. This resource can be used by small groups, congregations, pastors and small groups.
We also offer The Call to Follow, a global discipleship resource designed to help stimulate and inspire your thinking about what it means to follow Jesus within today’s global reality. This six-session resource weaves together learning, action and prayer, and can be held in a small group style.
Wordeed is a primer on integral mission – a tool to help share the transforming mission of God through word and deed, in book-form that offers small group discussion as well. It’s a resource to set the background and help shape understanding.
As we are committed to living as people who are the salt and light of the world, we are excited to share these resources with you.
There’s nothing quite like giving back to your community that stirs an excitement and joy that cannot be easily replaced. *In Kenya, it’s an important cultural tradition to give to those in need. But for many farmers in Embu county, in the central part of Kenya, a combination of poor soils, lack of agricultural training, and unreliable rainfall meant that many farmers were unable to help their neighbours as much as they would like. Some were left reliant on outside help several months a year. Piah Wanjagi is one of those people. The 86-year old widow, who cares for four of her orphaned grandchildren, has been farming since 1947. Piah currently farms four acres, growing things like maize, beans, and cowpeas. The farm has done fine for the most part, but things are still tight. Income from the farm allows her to send her grandchildren to school. But as she grows older, working the land is becoming increasingly difficult.
That’s why she was eager to take part in a conservation agriculture program to help her improve her farm’s yield, at the same time ensuring she can pass good quality land on to her grandchildren. The increased yields meant that when Nguni Ukembaa, a village about 40 kilometres away from Embu, suffered from a severe drought this past growing season, Piah could respond. “It’s written in the Bible that the Lord will come into your home, but that person who comes into your home won’t look like Jesus,” says Piah of how she donated four kilograms of beans and six kilograms of maize from her yields through her church to people in that village who were going hungry. “And if you chase that person away, you will have chased away Jesus,” she adds.
This Earth Day, it gives us a chance to not only think about our contribution to caring for God’s creation, but we can also think of how we can give back to our community, whether it’s being generous with our money, prayers, or time.
*story provided by Canadian Foodgrains Bank