16 April 2012

CHE Training in Hungary

I learned about CHE from a chance encounter on an airplane.  CHE (Community Health Evangelism) is a means to help people in the church to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of their people and to reach out in love to their communities.  CHE seeks to enable communities to escape the cycles of poverty through training in the prevention of disease, promotion of good health and how to live an abundant life in Christ. 
After exploring their website and asking questions, I decided that this might be a way to make a difference among Roma communities.  About a year and a half ago, I had the opportunity to attend a CHE (Community Health Evangelism) training in Geneva, Switzerland. 

This week I am helping facilitate a CHE training event at Lake Balaton, Hungary.  We have a total of sixteen participants from Croatia, Bosnia, Hungary and Serbia.  It is fascinating to hear their stories and to see them work together to reach their communities for Christ.  The opportunities for networking are great.  And it is nice to know that there are others who share our joys and challenges. 

The participatory learning style encourages interaction among all attendees through small group discussions and role playing as well as large group sharing.  After training is complete, the attendees are prepared to begin work in their communities and to train others utilizing the CHE curriculum.  Most of our participants this week are involved in work among Roma and are searching for “how-tos to make our ideas work”.  Hopefully, they will find some answers to their questions and some ideas to use as they grow healthy communities from the inside out.