Relief – Development – NGO – Mission – Church – Jesus – Good Samaritan – Compassion - Poor – Justice – Management – Project – Partnership - Theatre
This manual is for Christian workers in Relief & Development, missionaries, church leaders, board members, volunteers, donors, …
Chapter 1 recalls the commands of Jesus through the parable of the Good Samaritan: love God above all, love your neighbor as yourself and make (true) disciples.
Chapter 2 presents some Bible basics: how to see the creation, sustainable development, eternal perspectives, justice, the poor, management, gifts, church relations, idols, faith, proselytism, persecution ...
Chapter 3 introduces tools: assessing a situation, analyzing the actors involved, setting goals, managing a project, involving beneficiaries, ...
Chapter 4 deals with the character and attitudes of the Christian actor in Relief & Development: the real professional, the place of culture, crisis management, ...
Chapter 5 tells personal experiences of the author.
Putting Relief and Development into the theatre allows us to imagine different scenes, a variety of actors, different props and backgrounds, a mixture of plots, varying lighting …
The theatre is able to dramatize, express, ridicule and challenge. It is also a teaching tool (role plays) and a therapeutic method.
Chapters conclude with lots of principles to synthesize information.
Questions for reflection are presented as a basis for personal meditation and group sharing.
Illustrations facilitate understanding.
Characters in the margin give their views. They don’t hesitate to contradict. They move between wise and foolish thinking.
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