We recently visited the town of Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Despite ongoing civil war, pastors and community leaders came out to participate in World Poverty Solutions’ CHE (Community Health Evangelism) training. Why would our participants leave behind their families and villages and cross dangerous territory to learn about community development? Because they recognize that band-aids won’t solve their hopeless situation. Instead, a deep, Christ-centered transformational work must take place to heal the communities and bring lasting change.
Some partner communities have already been educating their people for the past year and reported that deaths were reduced noticeably in one village due to better hygiene practices. Another village reported that they are learning to solve their food crisis by growing vegetables in a community garden. A third community, despite extraordinary poverty, has solved its lack of access to education by opening a school, and employing its own teachers.