How do impoverished communities move from despair to hope? It’s all about restoring broken relationships. The Foundations in Community Development School provides an overview of the issues involved in helping communities (rural or urban) grow and be transformed towards God’s intentions. It focuses on a Biblical understanding of the root causes of poverty and underdevelopment and the strategies needed to enable people to find their own solutions. Christians have a vital role to play in facilitating sustainable development that is about changing communities by restoring the broken relationships between people, between ‘man’ and God, and between ‘man’ and creation, and in demonstrating an integral approach that addresses all areas of life; physical, social, and spiritual. The key is people – transformed hearts, minds, and lives; transformed communities, societies, and nations. The glory of God declared and demonstrated.
“The FCD gave me a proper picture of what biblical community development looks like. I learnt that character development is the most important step. Further I learnt how to plan, organise and run projects which help people to develop holistically.”
“FCD opened my spirit and helped me to see in big way how I can take gospel to the people and in which way I can help them to live it.”
“I took the FCD in order to understand how to serve the poor in a practical and wise way. It did not disappoint. I feel like I have a much clearer understanding of what Community Development looks like on the field and how to begin the process.”
Why FCD: A nurse since 1981, Annette worked for a year in a camp for Cambodian refugees in Thailand in the early ‘90s, and this experience planted a vision for community development and preventive health care as she saw the same diseases recurring time after time and a community trapped by their situation.
After returning to the UK in ‘92, qualification and work as a midwife, and DTS in 1997 (England), Annette took the Principles of Community Health (PCH) and Introduction to Primary Health Care Schools (IPHC) in Kona in 1998-99.
This was followed by long-term ministry as part of YWAM Cambodia from 2000-2008, working with an integrated Community Health & Development Programme (and church support) in a remote, impoverished north-east province, with a team of local Cambodians who train village development committees and village health volunteers and support community development projects such as schools, toilets, bridges, and various agricultural projects.
Annette’s vision for the FCD is to equip servant-leaders who will start a process of transformation wherever they go as they implement community-led development programmes built on strong foundations of Biblical principles.
Her vision statement is:
“To see poor communities transformed through holistic community development and released into the abundant life that God intends for them”
Annette is English, and looks forward to welcoming participants from around the world, introducing them to our beautiful countryside and giving you a warm English welcome even if the autumnal weather is cool!
The following topics are covered during the lecture phase of the FCD, with the overall emphasis focused on enabling communities to lead their own process of development and in partnering with communities. Please click on the links to see videos related to that topic for a small taste of what you will be learning through this school
- Biblical Worldview and Community Development – The Theory of Poverty
- Biblical Community Development (Integrated Mission / Holistic Approach) – Ilima (participatory Learning & Action) with Paul Khanye
- CD Dynamics (What is Community; Entry Protocol)
- Relief-Development Continuum
- Phases of Development
- Community Assessment – The Challenge of Clean Water in Togo
- Project Cycle Management
- Nation Building
- Local Church & Development – One Family: Four Minute film
- Primary Health Care / Key Health Issues / CHE / Water & Sanitation (WASH) – Everlasting Arms – Uganda: Moses’ Story
- Agriculture & Food Security; Farming God’s Way
- Environmental Stewardship; Appropriate Technology
- Team Dynamics; Myers-Briggs
Thanks and acknowledgment to Tearfund, Grassroots News and eightytwentyvision.org for the inclusion of their videos
Attitudes: shaped through journaling, personal reflection, discussion
Skills: developed through application, practical demonstration, coaching
Knowledge: increased through a variety of relevant available resources
Habits: formed through review, reinforcement, and application
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|Arrival||23rd Sept 2013|
|Lectures||25th Sept 2013||13th Dec 2013|
|Field Assignment||13th Dec 2013||13th Mar 2014|
|Departure||14th Mar 2014|
|Arrival||27th Sept 2014||28th Sept 2014|
|Lectures||29th Sept 2014||19th Dec 2014|
|Field Assignment||19th Dec 2014||12th Mar 2015|
|Departure||13th Mar 2015|
|*Field Assignment costs exclude travel and travel expenses|