Connecting local responses around the world
The hunger summit convened by the British Prime Minister over the final weekend of the Olympics confronted the issue of hunger in the world. It is estimated that food production globally needs to double in the next 20 years. This fact alone is sufficient to throw the spotlight on food security as the principal challenge facing Africa and pretty much everywhere else.
It was really encouraging to read of one initiative in Kenya that has demonstrated an approach that gives real hope by…Continue
Added by David M A Evans on August 13, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
I am sitting with members of a hijira group in western Bangladesh. They asked to see my colleague and I when we visited a church group in Meherpur. The hijira are some of the most isolated and marginalised groups in South Asian society. Hijira are a transgender minority group who often describe themselves as professional wedding dancers. They are frequently the target for abuse, discrimination and violent assault.
The church development workers in Meherpur had done a great job of…Continue
This piece can be used in a variety of ways: As an item of celebration, as a discussion starter, as a means of meditation and reflection, as an inspiration for those who want to make a difference but don't know how.
What is the role of the local church in bringing good change in local communities?
It’s a unique role. It’s an essential role. It’s a role that is built on relationships. It’s a role that is overlooked most of the time. It is a political role. It’s…Continue
Added by David M A Evans on August 7, 2012 at 2:11am — No Comments
Sitting in the compound of a home in western Ghana we are talking to the members of the family. We are listening for evidence of the strengths these people have. They have a determination to give the children a good education. They are concerned that if the children keep getting sick, they'll miss out on the opportunities that an education will bring. The home is neat and tidy: there is order and calm. They speak respectfully about their neighbours and speak of the community's strong sense…Continue