The starting place to learn about CHE and Neighborhood Transformation would be your Bible. In it God tells us to love both God and our neighbor. So what does it mean to love God—it means wanting to do what pleases him. And how do we love our neighbor and who is our neighbor? Again the Bible tells us we love our neighbor as ourselves-we want what is best for our neighbor. So who is our neighbor? Well when Jesus was asked that he gave an example of a person living in a different country, a person who was hated by those asking the question—in other words, we are to love and care for everyone, including our enemies. This God, who we serve, gives us His Spirit which not only transforms our heart but gives us compassion for the hurting and a desire to do something to help. As stated in 1 John 17-18, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. When you read the Bible you discover that God loves you and all his creation and that He uses us as His hands of love— He expects us to bring the good news to the poor.”
- Absolute Surrender
By Andrew Murray
Absolute Surrender is more than the book s title: It s the way of life Pastor Andrew Murray recommends for all Christians who are seeking victorious Christian living. Murray asserts that through surrendering our complete selves to God, we make a living sacrifice to Him and open the doors an abundance of blessings. Absolute Surrender teaches Christians the importance and power of complete trust, humility, the Holy Spirit, and more. If we want to really help others, we need to introduce them to the God of Andrew Murray.
- African Friends and Money Matters
By David E. Maranz
- Multiplying Truth and Light
By Stan Rowland, the founder of CHE
This book examines the underlying philosophies, principles, training curriculums, and materials for establishing a community-based development program which is integrated into an aggressive evangelism and discipleship ministry.
- Walking With the Poor
By Bryant Myers
Theology, spirituality, and social science are synthesized on how Christian mission can contribute to overcoming povertyand dismantling systematic social evil. Myers explores Christian views of poverty, its causes, and how it is experienced differently in different cultures. The author first introduces the very different goals of African and Western economic systems and then presents ninety observations of African behaviors related to money matters. Explanatory comments are given that show how each one works out in real life. He illustrates his and others’ experiences with anecdotes from across the continent. Drawings by two African artists add further clarity to the text as they capture Africans and Westerners in authentic situations. The result is that the reader is able to make sense of customs that at first seem incomprehensible.
- When Helping Hurts
By Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett
Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor. . .and Ourselves Churches and individual Christians typically have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty, resulting in the use of strategies that do considerable harm to poor people and themselves. When Helping Hurts provides foundational concepts, clearly articulated general principles and relevant applications. The result is an effective and holistic ministry to the poor, not a truncated gospel.
CHE (COMMUNITY HEALTH EVANGELISM)
- “A Movement of Change in a World of Need” (LifeWind at Work)
This five minute video shows how LifeWind International (Medical Ambassadors was LifeWind International) has helped bring transformation to communities in the Congo and Uganda.
- “Join the Circle don’t Act Like its Center”
This “edgy” one minute video is challenging.
- “Christian World News shares information about CHE”
This is a 3 ½ minute news report on Congo and the effectiveness of CHE. Note that Medical Ambassadors is now called LifeWind International.
NT (NEIGHBORHOOD TRANSFORMATION)
- “Inviting Neighbors to Participate in Community Development”
This three minute video gives a small insight into NT.
- What is CHE?
- CHE Network Videos
- CHE Principles and Practices
- Neighborhood Transformation Blog
The Blog of Stan Rowland, the founder of CHE and NT (Neighborhood Transformation)