The Malawi United Methodist Church (MUMC) walking side by side with United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (COR) has embarked on a road to development using Community Health Evangelism (CHE) as the tool. The journey started when Southern Africa CHE Directors, Kevin and Erica Pippert conducted CHE Trainer of Trainers I (TOT I) which was a week-long course that was designed to equip the Malawian leaders to implement their own integrated ministry of CHE.
“Christian community development is rooted in obedience to the commands of Christ. It is rooted to see individuals come to faith in Christ and to see lives, households, and communities transformed in obedience to the principles of God’s Word” said Erica.
According to the Pipperts, the goal of CHE is to establish a development ministry whose purpose is to bring together Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 22:37-40). This is accomplished by training community members as a Community Health Evangelists (CHEs) who regularly visit 10-15 neighboring households sharing the gospel and promoting principles of disease prevention and healthy living. CHE is designed to be transferable, multipliable and ongoing.
“A CHE program has three basic groups: trainers who work in zones, committees who represent people of the community and CHEs who implement the program” emphasized Kevin.
The teaching was participatory using large and small group discussions, various hands-on activities and methods that can be replicated to a village setting.
CHE promotes integration of the physical and spiritual, community ownership, disease prevention, mature christian leadership and multiplication. “CHE aims at equipping the rural areas to be self reliant. It is a holistic tool for spiritual, physical, emotional and social development. It focuses on individual lives transformation” said Kevin.
CHE, transforming nations through the seamless combination of disease prevention, evangelism and community development!!!
By Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo