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WorldChristian Concern and Mission Community Church (Gilbert, AZ) partnered together with Global CHE Enterprises to sponsor the first Community Health Evangelism (CHE) Training of Trainers Seminar for women in the Mesoamerican region.

Held in the city of Quetzaltenango in western Guatemala from November 28-December 3, 2011, the seminar brought together 30 women from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico and Guatemala. All the seminar participants are leaders in CHE programs in their nations. The seminar was taught by Fatima Medina from Nicaragua and Linda Rinzel who works with WorldChristian Concern in their efforts to empower, educate and train women throughout the global south.

The seminar focused on topics particularly relevant to rural women in Mesoamerica, addressing issues related to the physical and mental health of women, with a particular emphasis on pre-natal and post-natal care. The latter makes a direct and dramatic impact on the survival of infants and their mothers–particularly in rural areas.

In many cultures an age-old pattern of male dominance means that women are deprived of education and opportunities to understand their dignity and value as persons created in the image of God. This seminar equipped the participants to return to their communities and begin to encourage women in their relationships with God, and teach them how to live as godly wives and mothers.

During the week of training, Linda Rinzel of WorldChristian Concern was able to speak about issues related to physical and sexual abuse, incest, and trafficking–problems that are very common in Mesoamerica, but rarely talked about. During the sessions that Linda led, many women were ministered to in powerful ways. Linda has been asked to begin writing curriculum for future seminars and return to Mesoamerica to provide additional input on these issues.

Here are a couple of testimonials from the seminar.

“I learned so many things that will really help me with my work among the Tarahumara women. I am believing God that they will be healed spiritually and that they will understand that they are loved by God.”
  — Maria Pena Cortes, Mexico

“I learned the value of how to share the Gospel and how to get the members of our communities involved in the process of learning so they can change both spiritually and physically and that they can help their children and future generations as well.”
  — Estela Tzita, Guatemala

“I am eager to work with CHE Woman… I know now that many like me can fulfill our expectations and challenges to implement the needed activities as community, so I am very thankful to God.”
  — El Salvador’s participant

 

Community Health Evangelism (CHE) is a ministry approach and strategy that seamlessly integrates evangelism, discipleship and church planting with community development. The ministry is wholistic, seeking to obey everything that Jesus commanded and addressing the whole need of individuals and communities.

CHE originated in Africa in the 1980’s and has since spread around the world. Today more than 300 churches, denominations, mission agencies and non-governmental organizations in 105 countries use CHE as least par to their ministry strategy.

The purpose of Community Health Evangelism is not just breaking poverty or planting churches, though both of those things are accomplished. The real goal of CHE is a transformation in lives and communities that is as deep as the human heart, and as broad as the whole range of the human experience. CHE workers want Jesus to be recognized as Lord over all creation, and their development activities to reflect the depth and breadth of the kingdom of God. They are asking God to work in and through them to transform beliefs and change behavior so that His peace, justice, compassion, and righteousness are reflected in the life of the communities they serve.

Dr. Hugo Gomez, the founder of Global CHE Enterprises, one of the partners of WorldChristian Concern, has been working in Meso-America for more than 30 years. The work of Dr. Gomez and his staff and volunteers in Guatemala and throughout Meso-America has led to the transformation of thousands of lives in scores of communities.


The CHE Committee in the village of Chirammos
(Western Guatemala)

Dr. Gomez with the pastor and leaders of Chirammos
(Western Guatemala)