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2019 Update on CHE Leaders Dania Jimenez and Jose Luis Jimenez

CHE ministry in a new community may begin with the general community, a church, or with a family. In the Jicaro, Nueva Segovia communities the Jimenez family have been key in the development of a ministry that:

Has impacted 6 communities

Has 300 children in discipleship classes

500 women working in CHE

100 women have their own businesses as a result of CHE training

30 men are making hammocks (thanks to classes through CHE)

Communities have successfully worked on community projects, such as:

A well

A school



Efficient Wood Stoves


Child feeding stations, which include scholastic support

We can say truthfully that God uses families in the transformation of their communities.


The Jimenez family includes the 2 CHE Area leaders: brother and sister, Jose Luis (wearing blue) and Dania (in pink). God has given them the strength to face difficulties, as well as love and patience in their work.

Their mother, Lila, Mama Lila to all of us, and their father, Don Tulio, have welcomed CHE trainers from other part of the country, and accommodated everyone at, what must have been, considerable inconvenience. Tania, their younger sister, participates in CHE trainings, and helps her mother produce delicious meals to be consumed on their wide, shady porch.

Masiel, in red, is a capable young farmer, often to be seen bringing the cows home. The family has farmed there for over 50 years, always planting corn and beans. This year, the bean crop did very poorly, so Masiel decided to try tomatoes, with seeds provided by ECHO in Florida. ( So far, the plants are doing well, so we ask God to provide a bountiful harvest.



Eat, Share & Make Friends While Learning about East African Ministries


Panel Discussion (2)

Partnership in HOPE is sponsoring a panel discussion by local Christian organizations on wholistic ministries in East Africa and we would love to have you join us.  We will be learning how local ministries have grown the Kingdom of God through both word and deed in some of the poorest and most difficult parts of the world.  The following will be on a panel discussing wholistic ministry and how it is transforming East Africa:

  • David Opap, Spring of Hope International
  • Erik Larsen, New Covenant Missions
  • Tirus Githaka, Medical Ambassadors
  • Jamie Morrison, African Enterprise
  • Partners International

A free lunch will be served.

When: Monday May 8th 11:30-1pm
Where: Life Center – Multi-Purpose Room
1202 W Government Way, Spokane, WA 99224


Feel free to contact Shannon (509.385.2369 / if you need any more information.


Interested in learning more about “wholistic” Christian ministry in the US and around the world?

Learn from those who have been in the field for decades using wholistic ministry to help God transform the minds, bodies and souls of individuals and whole communities.

Attend the International Wholistic Missions Conference May 3-5 th at the University of Grand Canyon in Phoenix, Arizona.

Learn more HERE

Attend the “Pre-Conference” trainings offered Monday and Tuesday, May 1st and 2nd
and get in-depth training in:

  • Community Health Evangelism (CHE)
  • Neighborhood Transformation (NT)
  • Women’s Cycle of Life (WCL)
  • Disability Training of Trainers
  • Children’s CHE
  • And many more

 See list of classes HERE

The cost of this three-day conference, including airfare, hotel room (dual occupancy), car rental and conference admission is approximately $600. Those that want to attend the two-day trainings prior to the conference would have to pay slightly more.

If you are interested in learning more, or attending, please contact Shannon Ahern at or call him at 509-385- 2369.

CHE Nicaragua Featured Staff 2016

Dania Jimenez and Jose Luis Jimenez

Both Dania and Jose Luis Jimenez are agricultural engineers, and Dania has been working with various NGO’s most of her twenties. She was sent to Japan by one group for study in crop diversification. Much of the spread of interest in CHE amongst the communities in their municipality has been due to Dania’s work connections over the last few years. In addition, CHE ministry has been able to enter the communities of Mozonte, an indigenous community, because Dania has worked there before and won the trust and friendship of the local women.

Dania is a natural leader, respected by the other CHE leaders. When there is an opportunity for the women to sell their crafts, Dania is the one to organize a sale, and make sure everyone has access to materials, even if they have to take a small loan until after the sale. She has been very active with the women involved with micro-businesses.

Jose Luis is a real doer, tireless in coordinating meetings/activities, and making sure everyone knows what is going on. When he is facilitating a training, he is very open about how much he has learned through CHE, from practical preventive health practices to drawing close to Christ through prayer and Bible study. When Pastor Antonio, from the central CHE team in Managua, visits to lead Bible studies and discipleship groups, Jose Luis takes him to all the communities on his motorcycle.  When he and his brother are not working on the family farm, they enjoy teaching their horse to do dressage – which he does to the music on a cell phone.

Both Dania and Jose lead the CHE family vegetable garden project in the rainy season that has just ended. They help with advice and information on organic practices and crop diversification, both on farms, and in gardens. Their family always has a garden in the rainy season. They are also learning about medicinal plants with Angelika Keppler, a missionary from Germany. Angelika and Johannes Keppler are with the CHE Association, and work closely with Jose Luis and Dania. Johannes is also a farmer.

Dania and Jose Luis have the whole-hearted support of their family in their work with CHE ministry. When there are trainings, and special events, or visiting teams, the family throws the farmhouse open to the visitors. Delightful times are shared in the family kitchen or on the porch.

In summary, it would be true to say that they are both agents of change who put their faith into action, and reputations on the line for CHE, and for the gospel.

What Impact has CHE had on the Communities of Nicaragua in 2015?

As of January 30, 2016

The CHE Association of Nicaragua has reached the following number of individuals in the area of Leon:

• 180 kids involved with Children’s CHE
• 225 women involved with CHE
• 140 women involved in learning skills, such as baking sewing, beauty and improving pottery skills
• 10 family gardens

In the 8 Jicaro communities:

• 8 local community trainers
• 75 women working in sewing
• 60 women working in baking
• 10 family gardens
• 120 in discipleship groups
• 46 people received advanced training via TOT2 classes
• 46 participated in micro-business training

In Somotillo-Santa Rosa

• 3 women are working with CHE Managua
• 145 kids attend Children’s CHE at the Esperanza en Cristo (Hope in Christ) church
• 25 attend CHE discipleship groups
• 9 women in the Wholistic Restoration group

The CHE Association of Nicaragua is starting a new program in East Nicaragua (the Caribbean side) in Rosita soon and working with FUMIN (

A new missionary couple from Germany is partnering with the CHE Association of Nicaragua. They will be working with micro-business initiatives and natural medicine.

The Eastern Nicaraguan (Caribbean side) city of Rosita has asked for CHE training and the CHE Association of Nicaragua will soon begin CHE training in Rosita.

Women’s Cycle of Life

Women’s Cycle of Life leader: I love to see that spark in women!  I love to see them come alive, and realize that they can learn!  That they have talents, that Jesus can work through them to transform their families, and their communities.

For many women meeting Jesus through Women’s Cycle of Life, God is truly giving them beauty for ashes. They are new creations in Christ Jesus.


Through Women of CHE classes women have the opportunity to learn new skills, as well as refine their skills.

Two women have started their own bakeries with enthusiastic support from their husbands. Others are making their own birthday and Mother’s Day cakes, which saves money.

One woman added home-made donuts to the snacks she sells outside the school, a step which has boosted sales.  Many have taken cake-decorating classes with a government program.


The sewing classes in one community began with the village seamstress generously teaching her skills, and sharing her sewing machine.  The women came to learn in small groups throughout the week.  Recycled secondhand clothing was used for practice.  Thank you to all the seamstresses in the US who generously share their fabric stashes so that CHE women can make attractive items to sell, and begin to augment their income.

CHE Nicaragua Featured Volunteer

Janneth with happy group San Diego
Janeth (Far Right) is a gifted leader and teacher.

“One of the things I love most about CHE is that the ministry enters the community like Jesus entered communities, without excluding anyone.  The women who come are a testimony  of how CHE Entered the community.  CHE is acting upong the Great Commission – I love it!

CHE ministry works without thinking of denominations, or of social classes. For example, we have Catholics, evangelicals, and non-believers all working together: there is good communication, and we have good relationships. We look for those in the community who really need the gospel, instead of staying with the Christians.

Before becoming involved in CHE, I thought that people had to go to evangelical /Protestant churches. Now I have learned to say – yes, go to your church, pray, give your life to Jesus – God has a purpose for your life – without insisting that someone change their church…

Yes, I love CHE! And now my husband (Pastor Alejandro) wants to see CHE start in Esteli! And that is because of what he saw in the CHE ministry on Ometepe when our family was part of a team visiting the island. (They were there with Anne and Bill’s team in February.)”