Monday, September 28, 2015

20150929 Jonah and Healthy Home

Jonah, Japanese name, prophet from Middle East, 2500 years ago.

Healthy Home
Our teaching and capacity building in the community.
What is a healthy home.
It is one built on shalom: peace.

Multidirectional good relationship with self, others, environment and God.

Jonah was asked to go to Niniveh, hated enemy of Jonah's people: to tell them God has noticed their wickedness and will destroy them unless they repent, change their ways.

Niniveh was 700 kilometer to the East.
Jonah jumped in a ship and sailed to Tashish 700 km to the West.

God sent storm and ship almost sinking.
Sailors found out Jonah was responsible for their trouble and asked him what to do.
Jonah said he must be thrown into the sea.
When he was thrown overboard the storm stopped and a big fish swallowed Jonah.

In the belly of the fish Jonah looked in 3 directions 

Around: aware of the prison he was in: can not go forwards: can not go backwards : no where to go.

Upwards: he saw God was in charge.

Forwards: He saw that God would rescue him.

After 3 days God caused the fish to eject Jonah on dry ground. God again told Jonah to go to Nineveh and tell them to repent.
Jonah obeyed
The people repented.

Jonah sulked: he went to hillside outside town, waiting for Nineveh people to backslide and be destroyed.
He was hot and bothered in the sunlight.
God caused a beansprout to grow and provide shelter to Jonah.
Jonah was comfortable.

God sent a worm
The worm chewed the beanstalk and caused it to fall down.
Jonah was hot again.
And very distressed
And very angry
"It is better for me to die than to live" he complained 

But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”

The whole A4 chart

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

20150915 The Widow With a Hole

Central illustration for my chart.

Lesson plan on a poster.
Speaking to 40 ladies of WSCS, "Woman's Society of Christian Service".
Three parts to my session on "The woman with a hole in her roof".
Part one: Shalom lost
Part two: Shalom regained
Part three: What is the Holy Spirit saying.

Strong's concordance #7965

Garden of Eden experience
Good relationship with self, others, environment God.

Bible text From Micah 6:8

My encounter with the poor widow occurred during one of our community development training sessions in Cambodia.

As I recall the events, participants were asked to note when and how the widow experienced loss of shalom.

Gist of sharing
I have been involved in community development in Cambodia for the last four years.
My work is effected through a local partner, Transworld Radio Cambodia.
Transworld Radio Cambodia broadcasts in national language five tracks of programmes
1 Women programme
2 Children programme
3 Youth programme 
4 Pastors programme
5 Orality programme

Listeners are invited to form listener groups and communicate with TransWorld Radio Cambodia.
Every two weeks a ministry team from TWR is on the road for a 50 km to 200 km round trip to visit listener groups. This may be a day trip for closer destination, and a 4 day trip for a further destination. Two to six listener groups may be visited per trip. The two vans they use are more than twenty years old, and frequently breakdown. sometimes in the middle of nowhere. they are praying for a new vehicle to help them in their face to face ministry. at each of their visits they utilize community development lessons to facilitate  capacity building for the people.

On one of our trips we were sharing about home economics. It was to be a two part lesson, shared over two mornings. We had a class size of 18 community leaders. We had 6 medical students from Singapore who were learning about community engagement.

By their own estimate the community members said the average family income was $120 USD per month.
There were 18 major items they spent on.
Average monthly expense was totaled at  $350.
They needed help in learning how to budget.
We facilitated the learning process.

The next day we were supposed to work with the class to transform the content of day 1 training into a teaching pamphlet, that volunteers would use to share with their neighbours. But when our training team arrived at the classroom, there was only one participant.

During the preceding night there was a tremendous storm, a storm so ferocious that 50 houses were blown down, and many people injured (one death). Our training team was prompted to cancel the class and do a site visit. 

At the storm stuck village we visited we saw teams of locals plus the police, civil defense and army using their brute strength to clear the rubble. no machinery was deployed: Hammers, axes, crowbars and muscle power.

Then we heard about Mdm Kheang, the poor widow. We visited her. we found her shell shocked. in an emotional state that said  "I cried till I have no more tears to cry."

The current issue was that during the storm her roof broke: there was a big hole in her roof.
Her upstairs floor had long  gave way because of timber rot and she had no money to repair it.
The rain had come though the house and soaked her only sack of rice. she was distraught beyond measure.
As we talked to her we found that her miseries began 10 years ago when her husband died from tuberculosis.
Before that she had a comfortable lifestyle and many friends. Neighbours would come to visit.
But after her husband died she had no source of income. she sold her land to get some money, but that money was soon spent. With her poverty neighbours stopped visiting. she lost all her friends.
In fact for the last 10 years she never left her home.
She waked a meager subsistence by weaving palm leaves into mats.
She had two children, a son and her daughter.

Her son became a drug addict and had a long jail sentence for theft. After he was released from jail he committed suicide.
Her daughter had married but was divorced and had a little girl. 

From that tale of woe, participants helped suggest ideas for the following chart.

These were some areas in which the poor widow experience loss of shalom.

The next part of the story was less gloomy: elements of how shalom was partially regained.
A collection of funds $150 USD for material to rebuild her house. 
Labour provided by neighbours.
He willingness to accept an invitation for lunch, and how that first outing in 10 years brought a smile to her face.
Her willingness to work to better her life; building a chicken coup and raising 10 chicks.
Follow up visits over the next few months: the chicks grew and she intended to buy more baby chicks,
She intended to buy some netting fir fencing so that she could begin a vegetable garden.
The NGO extended a gift of $30 USD worth of netting. her kitchen garden is up and running.
She was demo-ed a solar powered home light, and planned to buy one when she had saved $15. One unit was donated to her. The pastor who showed her the lamp also had opportunity to tell her about the teacher who said he was "The light of the world".

Participants were assigned this group work

After discussing they were asked to create a poster to highlight their findings.

They responded magnificently. I commended their presentations and commented how their reflections demonstrated that they had all participated intensely in the discussions.

my final chart.

From Graphic Faciciltation viewpoint, this was a breakthrough for me.
Firstly, my 3x6 foot paper chart on my portable Z-fold wall was converted into a sticky wall by spraying Krylon re-positional tacky spray. 

My agenda poster went on the first third of my sticky wall while the sketch of the poor widow in front of her house went in the middle.
Thus I introduced the session, with the theme highlighted by the central image, and I then went though the "agenda" for the hour as outlined by my lesson plan.
Then I positioned the Shalom chart on the right and as I talked I filled in the words.

Next I told the story of the widow
And as I did, I filled in a basic family tree.

The agenda chart was moved to the cupboard wall, and in its place I sticky tacked the lost shalom tree.
As participants provided me with answers I filled in the elements.

The last component was where I maximized participant involvements.
The "lost shalom tree" chart was moved to the cupboard and on the left side of my sticky wall I placed the assignment.  I carefully explained the task ahead to the group, then had them number off 1,2,3,4.
They were regrouped into four small groups, provided with paper and markers. Grouping them took about 10 minutes!
They were asked to brainstorm "what is Holy Spirit promoting me to do?" And list these ideas on a flipchart. Participants were asked to each vote for the top three ideas that resonated with them. this took 12 minutes.  Each group was asked to prepare a poster depicting the top three ideas. This took 5 minutes. The groups took turns to serially present their poster and I did a quick summary.

I shall be using more sticky wall when the opportunities arise.