Children's CHE



Community Health Evangelism and Children's CHE equips communities to identify issues and mobilize resources to achieve positive sustainable change in the community.  CHE seamlessly integrates evangelism and discipleship with community health and development.

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Community Health Evangelism

The CHE strategy includes church planting, disease prevention, and poverty alleviation, but the purpose is much deeper.  The purpose 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 human experience in the world God made.  Lives and communities are transformed as people come to Christ and work together to address local needs, and through CHE communities are lifted out of the cycles of poverty and disease.

CHE Core values

Integration and Wholism:  CHE leaders are personally committed to complete obedience to all that Jesus commanded, including compassion for the physical needs of people as well as evangelism and discipleship.  They recognize an integral relationship between the physical, mental, social, and spiritual, and CHE programs seek the total development of the whole person and community.

Commitment to the Poor and Marginalized:  Jesus came to preach good news to the poor.  His CHE ambassadors are committed to the poor and marginalized and affirm their worth, call them to be children of God through faith in Christ, and seek to release them from brokenness and despair.

Long-Term Solutions:  CHE concentrates on long-term solutions that break the cycle of poverty and disease in a community.  Community residents are trained, equipped, and empowered to do for themselves.  CHE focuses on development rather than relief and disease prevention rather than cure.

Local Ownership and Initiative:  Sustainable programs are owned by the local people and built on local initiative.  Ownership and initiative is demonstrated through volunteerism and strengthened through capacity building.  CHE leaders take time in communities to participate with the people in assessing their needs, identifying resources, and assisting them in organizing for action through training and consultation.

Participatory Learning: Community residents must be active participants in their own development.  Therefore, CHE uses methods for adult learning that engage participants in a process of reflection and action because people learn by doing.  Therefore, modeling is essential.

Multiplication and Movements:  The aim of CHE is not merely projects but movements. This is facilitated by training people to train others using concepts that are transferable.  CHE emphasizes the use of local resources and appropriate technologies so that solutions can be passed along neighbor to neighbor.  CHE builds cooperation and vision at a community level and works collaboratively with faith and community based organizations, local and international relief and development agencies, churches and missions, as well as governments to facilitate the transformation of communities and nations.

Christian Servant Leadership:  Jesus is our model.  CHE leaders must imitate His humility and love.  Jesus taught that the greatest in the kingdom is the servant of all.  Every leader in CHE is a Christian and a servant.  CHE leaders seek to model servant leadership in CHE programs and to raise up leaders in every community who give sacrificially to serve the needs of their people.

Contextualization:  CHE programs will be adapted to local needs and requirements as identified by the local community.

Community Health Evangelism with Children (Children's CHE) Course Details

Through Community Health Evangelism with Children (Children's CHE), God is working to transform the lives of children, families, and communities around the world.  Discover how children and youth can learn health education and other practical skills and grow in their faith in Christ which leads to sharing their faith and these new skills with their family and friends.  This fun participatory training will give you skills to train children and youth using lessons, games and stories.

Instructors - Harold & Brenda Bracken

Harold graduated from Tennessee Temple University in 1969 with Th.G. and B.B. degrees majoring in Bible and Missions.  Harold was ordained in 1973 before their departure for overseas ministries.

Brenda graduated from Tennessee Temple University in 1967 with a B.S. degree majoring in Elementary Education and taught elementary school in the US two years before going overseas.  In 1992 she became a Certified Educational Therapist under the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) and received her Professional Certification in 2008.

Brenda and Harold have been in missions for forty-five years.  After three years of specialized intensive mission training, they served in SE Asia in administrative and teaching positions in overseas boarding schools for seventeen and a half years and have been in the US recruiting and training missionaries for over twenty-four years.  As Community Health Evangelism (CHE) facilitators in the US and other countries, they have trained over 800 individuals as Trainers of Trainers who have initiated successful CHE programs in various locations around the world.