The folks over at the Missional Church Network recommended this excellent handbook. They write:
If you are interested in effectively influencing others to take action on issues of social action, then I would highly recommend “Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps For A Better World” by Mae Elise Cannon. I am not familiar with any other resource of this kind. Cannon provides a comprehensive guide to the topic of social justice that is not only rooted in Scripture, but is replete with tangible ways to pursue justice through the local church or movement.
The handbook is divided into two main parts. Part one, which includes five chapters, titled “Foundations of Social Justice,” is meant to provide a biblical and theological framework for justice, and addresses how individuals and churches can get involved.
Chapter one, “God’s Heart for Justice,” is a broad view of the theological foundation for social justice. Chapter two focuses on definitions and questions about social justice. Chapter three, provides a history of Christian social justice in the United States. Chapter four addresses the process people must embark on to allow their hearts to be opened and broken toward those who are most affected by injustice and oppression. And chapter five focuses on the roles individuals, church, community and government can play in advocating social justice.
While each of the chapters are excellent, my favorite is chapter four. In it Cannon shares a very helpful process of moving people from apathy to advocacy, that I believe has broad implications for ministry. She writes:
Though social justice cannot be simplified to a step-by-step program, I have identified nine components to be consistently helpful in the movement from apathy to advocacy: prayer, awareness, lament, repentance, partnership and community, sacrifice, advocacy, evangelism, and celebration. Sometimes these elements happen in a linear progression, sometimes they happen simultaneously, and at other times they are cyclical. In any case, they are part of the ongoing process of personal transformation and spiritual growth toward Christlikeness.
Part two, “Social Justice Issues,” is arranged alphabetically and includes more than eighty justice “topics.” This section of the book is designed to be both a reference guide and a reflective tool. Cannon has included multiple ministry profiles, spiritual reflection and awareness exercises, and simple (not easy) action steps. Lastly, the book includes a wonderful set of appendixes, that include organizations, books and movies that deal with a variety of justice issues.
I appreciate the words of Gilbert Bilezikian as he sums up his recommendation of this resource: “The moment you open Social Justice Handbook, it will vibrate in your hands with the heart-passion that inspired its making, a passion generated by him who described his life-mission as bringing good news to the poor, release to captives, sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed and the time of God’s grace.”
For additional insight on Cannon’s view of social justice see this brief, yet helpful interview by Jamie Arpin-Ricci.
Source: Missional Church Network (Excellent Resources)
1. Never give cash to a homeless person
Too often, well intended gifts are converted to drugs or alcohol – even when the hard luck stories they tell are true. If the person is hungry, buy them a sandwich and a beverage.
2. Talk to the person with respect.
Taking time to talk to a homeless person in a friendly, respectful manner can give them a wonderful sense of civility and dignity. And besides being just neighborly, it gives the person a weapon to fight the isolation, depression and paranoia that many homeless people face.
3. Recognize that homeless people (and their problems) are not all the same.
The homeless are as diverse as the colors of a rainbow. The person you meet may be a battered women, an addicted veteran, someone who is lacking job skills–the list goes on.
4. Share God’s love whenever you can.
If Jesus were walking the earth today, He would certainly spend time with the homeless. He would speak with them, heal them, and help them. Today, Jesus chooses to work through those who believe and follow Him.
5. Pray for the homeless.
Exposure to the elements, dirt, occasional violence, and lack of purpose all drain years from a person’s life. God can use your prayers and the brutality and the futility of life of the street to bring many of the broken to Himself.
6. Take precautions for your own safety.
Some living on the streets are criminals and fugitives running from the law. Always be prudent while talking with street people. Stay in areas where other people can see you. Don’t take unnecessary chances.
7. Encourage the homeless to get help through your local gospel-centered homeless ministry.
Gospel-centered homeless ministries seek to care for both the body and the soul. Some may provide emergency housing and meals, while others may provide long-term housing or specialized programs that seek to address the deeper causes of homelessness. Many offer spiritual mentoring and Bible study so that those who are homeless can build a strong foundation in Jesus. Others offer may offer day services that include mail services, luggage storage or laundry options.
8. Financially Support your local gospel-centered homeless ministry.
Many gospel-centered homeless ministries receive little or no government funding. They are primarily supported by caring individuals, churches, businesses, and civic groups who see the value of sharing their resources with the less fortunate.
9. Volunteer with your local gospel-centered homeless ministry.
Serving alongside your local ministry is a great way to build relationships with the homeless. Here, the collective wisdom of the ministry’s community will aid you as you take steps further and further in to the lives of the homeless. Ministries can rarely afford to hire enough staff, so they are dependent on volunteers to make deep impact in the lives of the homeless.
10. Pray for the leadership and staff of your local gospel-centered homeless ministry.
The demands placed on the leadership and staff of homeless ministries is extensive. The situations these people confront on a daily basis or complex and confusing. Pray that Jesus would continue to give the staff hope, strength and wisdom.
HT: Seed Blog
Libby S. passed on the attached article by the Evan Hunter (Director, Ivy Jungle Network). Evan challenges us to embrace a holistic gospel that proclaims the Kingdom of God, which grounds our actions in our faith.
In other words, we need help ourselves and our faculty/students to move beyond “simply doing something that makes them feel good to embracing the Kingdom of God in a way that gives meaning to our actions, develops an integrated life, and demonstrates the power of the gospel as a witness to the world.”
Evan offers three implications for Kingdom-centered discipleship:
1. Connect Meaning to Experience by “grounding the “feel good” (which are in fact “real” good) actions in a theology of reconciliation and the Kingdom” so that justice becomes a part of our lives and not just an endorphin rush. Use some of the excellent teaching available (see some suggested books, begin with Gary Haugen’s The Good News about Injustice) to expand your and your disciple’s thinking about Jesus and social justice. Teaching the whole counsel of Scripture, from creation to recreation, in broad strokes can give the theological framework for us to place our experiences in “serving the poor, pushing for racial reconciliation, or protecting the environment.”
2. Develop an Integrated Life (in us and others) that moves beyond the “cheap grace” which proclaims a one-dimensional, transactional gospel to a holistic “reconciliation” of God and the whole person and of all of creation. Faith touches all of life. To make that move, we need to engage faculty/students in the “mess of ministry” beyond the campus and across socio-economical barriers. Experience is a powerful teacher; doing cements the message in many ways. So, service projects that step beyond our usual comfort zones help us develop an integrated life which undercuts the false notions of a “secular/sacred” or “individual/community” divide. Hopefully, they reinforce at the same time the reality of an integrated life in which such efforts at “holistic reconciliation” are more than an “add on” that good Christians only do with their spare time.
3. Demonstrate the Power of the Gospel and the Power of God by proving that Christianity is not only true, it also works. When we engage in social justice, our movements confront evil, look squarely in the face of death and its ultimate defeat, and proclaim the eschatological hope that the “injustice of the world and the darkness of the grave” are not the end of the story. Such efforts prefigure God’s healing transformation of the world and stand as a sign of the new creation that God is bringing about now and will fully bring about in the future. Evan suggests we look for ways to partner on campus with other “communities” who care about racial reconciliation, the environment, or injustice. In partnering, we echo the heart of God and the potency of the gospel to those outside. This echo leads to the next implication.
4. Stand as a Witness to the World by engaging purposefully in social justice. We catch the world’s attention (our campus community’s attention); we become salt and light to a skeptical world. Historically, the influence of Christianity has been tied to social justice. So when we engaged in social justice, we stand as a significant witness to the world of the efficacy of the gospel. The world sees the Kingdom at work–and often those doing the work have the chance to share authentically about their reason for engaging in such works. If we can “connect meaning to the experience”, help develop an integrated holistic discipleship, and find ways to practically show that Christianity “works” in the toughest issues of life, we give ourselves and our students an ability to proclaim (in word and deed) the hope that comes from knowing the King and his coming Kingdom.
Read Evan’s excellent article here.
Several of us were at the Catalyst Conference recently. This stood out as the conference’s most powerful moment. It’s a fairly long clip with some lead in and lead out clips around the story of Jimmy and Mark. Let me encourage you to hang in there and watch it all.
I couldn’t help but think of the impact a Compassion Sponsorship might have on a child in poverty–and perhaps more so–on a college student or faculty member like Mark whom we have challenged to care about the things that Jesus cares about. What if our students and faculty heard an announcement at a Winter Conference and sponsored a child like Mark did when he was in his 20s? How might that affect the life of our disciples?
By the way, we are working on developing a partnership with Compassion Int’l to support the discipleship, mentoring, and leadership development of over 2000 Leadership Development students, who are studying at the leading universities in these countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Thailand, Uganda.
If you’d like to help, please contact me at JayLLL @aol.com.
This has already been called one of THE most powerful moments in Catalyst history; there wasn’t a dry eye in the arena after Jimmy Wambua met Mark, his Compassion Sponsor of 19 years, for the 1st time. It was an unbelievable moment…Jimmy begins to share at minute 3:45.
Perhaps we can broaden the heart of compassion in our students and faculty by encouraging them to sponsor a child through Compassion International? Maybe we should do the same thing for ourselves?
To sponsor a child, please visit Compassion.
In the car today, I (Eric Heistand) listened to a Catalyst speaker, Jamie Tworkowski. He’s the guy behind TWLOHA (To Write Love on Her Arms). If you haven’t heard of TWLOHA, you’ve missed something that almost every single one of our students knows about. I’ll let you read his story and vision (bottom of page) for yourself. In short: To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
If you take the time to read the story and vision, you’ll notice a couple things:
· A vision that is huge, but they actually believe in it. It gets them out of bed in the morning. It also get a bunch of other college students out of bed. Side note—TWLOHA is apparently haven’t no shortage of college students who will take a break from school for a year to help the cause. Most of us are still scratching our heads wondering why STINT numbers are down. I think that many college students see a better story line.
· TWLOHA is a movement. Jamie didn’t go looking for it, it found him. It’s a Kingdom cause that resonates with a hurting world.
· This guy knows how to write a good story. Even the words, To Write Love on Her Arms, leaves you wondering what happens next.
· The story of TWLOHA reflects the essence of the Gospel story. It’s a thicker, dirtier story that rings true with young people and calls them to the hope and promise of a new creation.
A question I am pondering: Do the movements I work with have the vision to see the Jamie Tworkowski’s of the campus and in order that we might help them pursue their Kingdom calling?
Another thought: Organizationally, we tend to challenge with big numbers, big dreams, and a vision which encompassing EVERY person on earth. After hearing Jamie speak, he actually sounds more like the emotional worship leader we all know who never commits to much. You look at TWLOHA now and see that they’ve already raised over $600,000 towards fighting depression and suicide. I suspect that if Jamie had been challenged with creating a “World Changing” anti-suicide campaign that would reach every college student, he would have left our movement to go play in another band. Instead, he was simply faithful to do one thing: help a girl who was struggling with suicide. Maybe we do our students a favor by inviting them into the lofty dream of “Come Help Change the World” by inviting them to come help change one person.
Let me add to Eric Swanson’s “What if.” What if every student in our movement had the opportunity to Come Help Change the World by simply pursuing one person, one idea and then we help them run at it will all their might?
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
The vision is that we actually believe these things…
You were created to love and be loved. You were meant to live life in relationship with other people, to know and be known. You need to know that your story is important and that you’re part of a bigger story. You need to know that your life matters.
We live in a difficult world, a broken world. My friend Byron is very smart – he says that life is hard for most people most of the time. We believe that everyone can relate to pain, that all of us live with questions, and all of us get stuck in moments. You need to know that you’re not alone in the places you feel stuck.
We all wake to the human condition. We wake to mystery and beauty but also to tragedy and loss. Millions of people live with problems of pain. Millions of homes are filled with questions – moments and seasons and cycles that come as thieves and aim to stay. We know that pain is very real. It is our privilege to suggest that hope is real, and that help is real.
You need to know that rescue is possible, that freedom is possible, that God is still in the business of redemption. We’re seeing it happen. We’re seeing lives change as people get the help they need. People sitting across from a counselor for the first time. People stepping into treatment. In desperate moments, people calling a suicide hotline. We know that the first step to recovery is the hardest to take. We want to say here that it’s worth it, that your life is worth fighting for, that it’s possible to change.
Beyond treatment, we believe that community is essential, that people need other people, that we were never meant to do life alone.
The vision is that community and hope and help would replace secrets and silence.
The vision is people putting down guns and blades and bottles.
The vision is that we can reduce the suicide rate in America and around the world.
The vision is that we would learn what it means to love our friends, and that we would love ourselves enough to get the help we need.
The vision is better endings. The vision is the restoration of broken families and broken relationships. The vision is people finding life, finding freedom, finding love. The vision is graduation, a Super Bowl, a wedding, a child, a sunrise. The vision is people becoming incredible parents, people breaking cycles, making change.
The vision is the possibility that your best days are ahead.
The vision is the possibility that we’re more loved than we’ll ever know.
The vision is hope, and hope is real.
You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story.
This began as an attempt to tell a story and a way to help a friend in Spring 2006. The story and the life it represented were both things of contrast – pain and hope, addiction and sobriety, regret and the possibility of freedom. The story’s title “To Write Love on Her Arms” was also a goal, believing that a better life was possible. We started selling t-shirts as a way to pay for our friend’s treatment, and we made a MySpace page to give the whole thing a home. Our friends in Switchfoot and Anberlin were among the first to wear these shirts. In the days that followed, we learned quickly that the story we were telling represented people everywhere. We began to hear from people in need of help, and others asking what they could do to help their friends. We heard from people who had lost loved ones to suicide. Many said that these were questions they had never asked and parts of their story that they had never shared. Others were honest in a different way, confessing these were issues they knew little or nothing about.
It seemed we had stumbled upon a bigger story, and a conversation that needed to be had.Over the last two and a half years, we’ve responded to 80,000 messages from people in 40 different countries. We’ve had the opportunity to bring this conversation, and a message of hope and help, to concerts, universities, festivals and churches. We’ve learned that these are not American issues, not white issues or “emo” issues. These are issues of humanity, problems of pain that affect millions of people around the world.We’ve learned that two out of three people who struggle with depression never seek help, and that untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide. In America alone, it’s estimated that 19 million people live with depression, and suicide is the third-leading cause of death among those 18-24 years old.
The good news is that depression is very treatable, that a very real hope exists in the face of these issues. We’ve met people who are getting the help they need, sitting across from a counselor for the first time, stepping into treatment, or reaching out to a suicide hotline in a desperate moment.
To Write Love On Her Arms
Pedro the Lion is loud in the speakers, and the city waits just outside our open windows. She sits and sings, legs crossed in the passenger seat, her pretty voice hiding in the volume. Music is a safe place and Pedro is her favorite. It hits me that she won’t see this skyline for several weeks, and we will be without her. I lean forward, knowing this will be written, and I ask what she’d say if her story had an audience. She smiles. “Tell them to look up. Tell them to remember the stars.”
I would rather write her a song, because songs don’t wait to resolve, and because songs mean so much to her. Stories wait for endings, but songs are brave things bold enough to sing when all they know is darkness. These words, like most words, will be written next to midnight, between hurricane and harbor, as both claim to save her.
Renee is 19. When I meet her, cocaine is fresh in her system. She hasn’t slept in 36 hours and she won’t for another 24. It is a familiar blur of coke, pot, pills and alcohol. She has agreed to meet us, to listen and to let us pray. We ask Renee to come with us, to leave this broken night. She says she’ll go to rehab tomorrow, but she isn’t ready now. It is too great a change. We pray and say goodbye and it is hard to leave without her.
She has known such great pain; haunted dreams as a child, the near-constant presence of evil ever since. She has felt the touch of awful naked men, battled depression and addiction, and attempted suicide. Her arms remember razor blades, fifty scars that speak of self-inflicted wounds. Six hours after I meet her, she is feeling trapped, two groups of “friends” offering opposite ideas. Everyone is asleep. The sun is rising. She drinks long from a bottle of liquor, takes a razor blade from the table and locks herself in the bathroom. She cuts herself, using the blade to write “F*** UP” large across her left forearm.
The nurse at the treatment center finds the wound several hours later. The center has no detox, names her too great a risk, and does not accept her. For the next five days, she is ours to love. We become her hospital and the possibility of healing fills our living room with life. It is unspoken and there are only a few of us, but we will be her church, the body of Christ coming alive to meet her needs, to write love on her arms.
She is full of contrast, more alive and closer to death than anyone I’ve known, like a Johnny Cash song or some theatre star. She owns attitude and humor beyond her 19 years, and when she tells me her story, she is humble and quiet and kind, shaped by the pain of a hundred lifetimes. I sit privileged but breaking as she shares. Her life has been so dark yet there is some soft hope in her words, and on consecutive evenings, I watch the prettiest girls in the room tell her that she’s beautiful. I think it’s God reminding her.
I’ve never walked this road, but I decide that if we’re going to run a five-day rehab, it is going to be the coolest in the country. It is going to be rock and roll. We start with the basics; lots of fun, too much Starbucks and way too many cigarettes
Thursday night she is in the balcony for Band Marino, Orlando’s finest. They are indie-folk-fabulous, a movement disguised as a circus. She loves them and she smiles when I point out the A&R man from Atlantic Europe, in town from London just to catch this show.
She is in good seats when the Magic beat the Sonics the next night, screaming like a lifelong fan with every Dwight Howard dunk. On the way home, we stop for more coffee and books, Blue Like Jazz and (Anne Lamott’s) Travelling Mercies.
On Saturday, the Taste of Chaos tour is in town and I’m not even sure we can get in, but doors do open and minutes after parking, we are on stage for Thrice, one of her favorite bands. She stands ten feet from the drummer, smiling constantly. It is a bright moment there in the music, as light and rain collide above the stage. It feels like healing. It is certainly hope.
Sunday night is church and many gather after the service to pray for Renee, this her last night before entering rehab. Some are strangers but all are friends tonight. The prayers move from broken to bold, all encouraging. We’re talking to God but I think as much, we’re talking to her, telling her she’s loved, saying she does not go alone. One among us knows her best. Ryan sits in the corner strumming an acoustic guitar, singing songs she’s inspired.
After church our house fills with friends, there for a few more moments before goodbye. Everyone has some gift for her, some note or hug or piece of encouragement. She pulls me aside and tells me she would like to give me something. I smile surprised, wondering what it could be. We walk through the crowded living room, to the garage and her stuff.
She hands me her last razor blade, tells me it is the one she used to cut her arm and her last lines of cocaine five nights before. She’s had it with her ever since, shares that tonight will be the hardest night and she shouldn’t have it. I hold it carefully, thank her and know instantly that this moment, this gift, will stay with me. It hits me to wonder if this great feeling is what Christ knows when we surrender our broken hearts, when we trade death for life.
As we arrive at the treatment center, she finishes: “The stars are always there but we miss them in the dirt and clouds. We miss them in the storms. Tell them to remember hope. We have hope.”
I have watched life come back to her, and it has been a privilege. When our time with her began, someone suggested shifts but that is the language of business. Love is something better. I have been challenged and changed, reminded that love is that simple answer to so many of our hardest questions. Don Miller says we’re called to hold our hands against the wounds of a broken world, to stop the bleeding. I agree so greatly.
We often ask God to show up. We pray prayers of rescue. Perhaps God would ask us to be that rescue, to be His body, to move for things that matter. He is not invisible when we come alive. I might be simple but more and more, I believe God works in love, speaks in love, is revealed in our love. I have seen that this week and honestly, it has been simple: Take a broken girl, treat her like a famous princess, give her the best seats in the house. Buy her coffee and cigarettes for the coming down, books and bathroom things for the days ahead. Tell her something true when all she’s known are lies. Tell her God loves her. Tell her about forgiveness, the possibility of freedom, tell her she was made to dance in white dresses. All these things are true.
We are only asked to love, to offer hope to the many hopeless. We don’t get to choose all the endings, but we are asked to play the rescuers. We won’t solve all mysteries and our hearts will certainly break in such a vulnerable life, but it is the best way. We were made to be lovers bold in broken places, pouring ourselves out again and again until we’re called home.
I have learned so much in one week with one brave girl. She is alive now, in the patience and safety of rehab, covered in marks of madness but choosing to believe that God makes things new, that He meant hope and healing in the stars. She would ask you to remember.
“If history has shown us that the monster of slavery assumes new forms, it has also shown us that its oppressive systems crumble in the face of those who heartily oppose them. It is our collective responsibility to oppose slavery in the time given to us. History is on our side.”
-At the End of Slavery:
The Battle for Justice in our Time
As part of our emerging partnership with International Justice Mission, we’ll be encouraging Missional Team Leaders around the country to consider hosting a house party/screening of the new documentary on ending slavery. You can find all the info at www.attheendofslavery.com.
Here are some suggestions or actions steps that you can incorporate into your campus plan.
Change happens when ordinary people do what they can to take action. We can end slavery — but the battle will take all of us. How will you help shatter this system of oppression?
Take action today with one of these steps — or share how you’re fighting slavery with others in the Abolition Community (coming soon).
Host an At the End of Slavery house party or screening event. The fight against slavery will take all of us — Bring friends, colleagues, members of your church or community together to view and discuss the film and join the fight against slavery.
Learn more about modern-day slavery. Educate yourself so you can raise your voice on behalf of victims of this oppression. Start by reviewing these recommended books to learn more and this Q & A about slavery.
Advocate with your elected members of Congress. Members of Congress need to know that their constituents care about securing protection from violent oppression for the global poor. You don’t need to be an expert to make a difference! Visit IJM’s Justice Campaigns for updates, action alerts and more information on how to get involved: IJM Justice Campaigns.
Fund rescue. Pay for the rescue the poor cannot afford with a financial gift to IJM’s frontline work to fight slavery. Make a gift today, support IJM monthly as a Freedom Partner, or learn about hosting a table at an IJM Benefit Dinner in a city near you.
Suggestion: Show the following Film Trailer to your leadership team and plan a special outreach around this event.
As we pursue increasing opportunities to connect students and faculty with what the New Testament describes as “true religion”–the care for widows and orphans (James 1:27)–, we’ll be highlighting opportunities for Mission Team Leaders to use on their campuses. Brenda Niemeyer is giving direction to the Campus Ministry’s partnership with the Christian Alliance for Orphan Care. Below, she describes an outreach idea for local movements that might work on your campus.
I wanted to let you know about a great opportunity. Nov. 8th is Orphan Sunday and the Christian Alliance for Orphans (which the Campus Ministry joined last year) is starting a national movement to spotlight the needs of orphans around the world (the goal is to see 1000 events taking place around the nation on Orphan Sunday). . .and we have the chance to take part.
Would you consider doing something on your campus that day to help meet the needs of 143,000,000 orphans?
We are looking for teams who would be willing to do something very simple. A few examples:
1. Collect some items for Care Packs i.e. simple school supplies (please see attachment for list). This could be an opportunity to connect with other groups on campus and/or fraternities and sororities. You can mail what you collect to Global Aid Network’s warehouse: Global Aid Network Distribution Center 1506 Quarry Road Mount Joy, PA 17552 Phone: 717-285-4220
2. Collect shoes for orphans (many have never had a pair of shoes). This could be a great way to connect with and serve with other groups on campus, even very secular ones. Again, you can ship the shoes to Global Aid Network for distribution or anywhere else you would like. Global Aid Network Distribution Center 1506 Quarry Road Mount Joy, PA 17552 Phone: 717-285-4220
3. Show an orphan related movie on campus and collect a dime as admission – one dime feeds a child a meal (see this link).
Here are some other movie suggestions: http://www.orphansunday.org/resources/orphan_themed_movies
There are many more ideas out there – these are some of the simplest. You can check out www.orphansunday.org <http://www.orphansunday.org> if you are interested in youtube videos, bible study materials, advertising posters and fliers, a simulation etc.
This is such a great opportunity to connect with believing and non-believing students on your campus. They want to be part of meeting the needs of others. Half of the students who went on projects with a strong humanitarian component this last summer specifically chose those projects because they were going to get to live out the gospel by sharing His love in tangible ways as well as by telling people about Him. Pretty exciting to think of this next generation taking a stand for those in need!!
Please let me know if you plan to host/sponsor an event on Orphan Sunday. If you have any questionsyou can reach me by phone or email. 303-260-9973. I would be glad to help you in any way I can. — Brenda Niemeyer (CCC Partnership Director For Christian Alliance for Orphans)
CarePack Supply Checklist.pdf
The folks over at Micah Network came up with a lovely term: Integral Mission. I love the way they defined it–wording that helps us keep both proclamation and demonstration in balance:
Integral Mission is …
” .. the proclamation and demonstration of the gospel. It is not simply that evangelism and social involvement are to be done alongside each other. Rather, in integral mission our proclamation has social consequences as we call people to love and repentance in all areas of life. And our social involvement has evangelistic consequences as we bear witness to the transforming grace of Jesus Christ. If we ignore the world we betray the word of God which sends us out to serve the world. If we ignore the word of God we have nothing to bring to the world. Justice and justification by faith, worship and political action, the spiritual and the material, personal change and structural change belong together. As in the life of Jesus, being, doing and saying are at the heart of our integral task.”
I failed to include in our partnership links Campus Crusade’s own Compassionate Urban Ministry, Here’s Life Inner City. Here’s Life Inner City has been leading us in holistic approaches, partnering with the Campus Ministry and others for years doing Urban Immersions, etc. I just received a glowing report from Chip about 20 Auburn students whose lives were changed by a recent urban immersion in Chicago. Many of us have been using their materials, Compassion by Command, Holistic Hardware, etc. for years and look forward to their help in helping us blend “justification and justice” on the college campus.
If you’re not already familiar with their efforts and the opportunities for partnerships with your campus or movement, check them out here. — Jay