These phrases are all encouragements taken from Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10, and 12 (The Message).
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to attend the International Wholistic Missions Conference (IWMC) in Phoenix, Arizona. This conference has at its heart a focus on Community Health Evangelism (CHE). The IWMC is produced by the Global CHE Network, the organization created by Terry Dalrymple and Stan Rowland, former Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) employees. The Global CHE Network arose from the dream of these two men to bring together multiple organizations doing CHE around the world.
Several years ago I was handed the assignment of a lifetime. I was on my way to Ethiopia, where my husband and I had worked with local Community Health Evangelism (CHE) teams for four years.
My colleague requested, “While you’re there, would you find some of the women trained a couple of years ago in a new curriculum called Women’s Cycle of Life? Ask them if anything has changed in their lives.”
That sounded like a straightforward task. I’d heard stories of change before. So I was totally blown away by the extraordinary power of the stories that came from the nine women I was privileged to interview.Read more
“The next great frontier in mission is collaboration. Anything less is arrogance.” Geordon Rendle, President, Youth for Christ International
We are living in an exceptional time in history in which we have the ability to connect, communicate, and collaborate globally in ways that were impossible in the past. This opens doors to ministry that are unique to our generation—opportunities that did not exist in the past, but have been entrusted solely to us to steward for God’s glory.
For our purposes, we will define collaboration as “deliberately working together to accelerate the advance of the Gospel and to accomplish what no one of us could do alone.”
Benefits of Collaboration. Collaboration definitely takes energy and effort, time and resources. Before we wholeheartedly invest in collaborative efforts, we must be convinced that it will produce a better result. We must answer the question, “Can we do more through collaboration than we can do alone?”
Collaboration strengthens individual ministries and produces better outcomes through the sharing of information and ideas, avoiding duplication of effort, identifying best practices, learning from each other’s mistakes, and sharing staff and expertise.
We can achieve new things together by accelerating work in a geographical area when we coordinate, cooperate, and partner together. Collaboration strengthens the credibility of our witness through expressions of unity. It allows us to exert greater influence and mobilize others to join the cause by speaking with one voice. And it allows the achievement of important outcomes by fostering creativity, gaining perspective, and creating joint solutions.
Building Collaboration. How do we go about building meaningful collaboration? We need to make ourselves visible and promote our vision, connecting with people who share our cause, exchanging ideas and sharing information with each other. By sharing with each other we will discover what we can do together that we cannot do alone. Out of this exchange of ideas, thoughts, and information, partnerships are created for joint action.
Medical Ambassadors International collaborates with others doing Community Health Evangelism (CHE) around the world as a member of the Global CHE Network. The Network’s interactive website provides opportunities for those who join to make their ministries visible, connect with people who share their vision and core values, exchange ideas and share information, discover what we can do together, and take joint action.
The site also allows members to build a profile online, promote their own ministries, build strategic partnerships, exchange ideas, explore opportunities, gather resources, and offer services to others. If you are doing CHE work, we invite you to visit this website and join the network: www.chenetwork.org.