Wrapping to Unwrap - Community Health Evangelism

Wrapping to Unwrap

All of us in Global CHE Enterprises have been blessed to wrap up the year 2022. As the Word of God teaches us: 

“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.”

Lamentaciones 3:23

Yes those Mercies and Compassions during 2022 have been wrapped up within the lives of individuals, families and communities upon the closing of the expired year. Then when Sunday January 1st showed up those Mercies and Compassions became new ones to unwrap and to reach the people among the current and those prospect communities our CHE Teams of Trainers are aiming to enter and launch the CHE process during 2023!

GCN / International Wholistic Missions Conference

In October: GCE was the host and organizer of the Global CHE Network/ International Wholistic Missions Conference –IWMC– Round Tables Online for Latin America. But we also had the assistance of Medical Ambassadors Int and the Compassion Ministries of the Church of the Nazarene and Transform World.  It was three days with participants from Mexico to Argentina. One hundred registered and participated.

Women’s Cycle of Life

The CHE Women among the Mam and Quiche peoples were blessed to receive the visit of Our Mesoamerica Regional Coordinator for Women´s Cycle of Life. Rossana Ferman and husband Juan plus Silvia (CHE Trainer) along with Micaela, Matilde y Thelma (local Trainers) were travelling around the CHE villages which have embraced the Women´s Cycle of Life CHE Program. We are grateful to Medical Ambassadors Int. and Paula Hammond to invest in making this oversight tour finally possible. 

Village of La Loma

Last November those Mercies and Compassions included the Mission Team from Bay Presbyterian Church from Bay Village, Ohio. They came to minister in the Mam Village of La Loma. Led by Pastor Mark Tumney the local people were served with the Health Fair: Diabetes and Hypertension Screening, Primary Health Care, Physical Therapy, Optometrist and Dental Care. The Local Children enjoyed BVS plus the new concrete floor for the Church Facility was poured and dedicated to God with worship and the Word.

Water Well Project at the village of Pasajquim

Then also in November the Mission Team from Littleton Bible Chapel, Colorado returned to Guatemala for the Water Well Project at the village of Pasajquim  among the Quiche speaking Area. Led by Mike Douglas & wife Christine ( Mike is our current  Vice-chairman for GCE) the powerful testimony included Water flowing from the second aquifer ( over 95% potable), BVS with the local children, Teaching CHE Women and Witnessing to all the villagers who labored with the local CHEs and Mission team.

Trainers in Honduras Church of God

The GCE CHE Team of Trainers in Honduras Church of God have trained leaders from 600+ churches/communities over 2 decades. Upon wrapping up December 2022  we ended our Partnership in Administration but will continue been partners in CHE Implementation.

CHE project in El Joconal Honduras

Community Ownership CHE project in El Joconal Honduras, continues to bear fruit. The new 400 meters long concrete section on the main entrance will ease access to and from the village.

Village of El Perico classroom remodel

The El Salvador CHE Training Team have advanced with the Villagers of El Perico the remodeling of the classroom which is becoming the Computer Lab for the Public School to be inaugurated and dedicated on February 20th on occasion of the next visit of the Mission Team from Pure Heart Christian Fellowship in Glendale, AZ. PHCF have invested the resources needed to unwrap this joint project which includes a Computer Lab and English teacher for the year. 

They have also unwrapped a new breakthrough using the Jesus Film with the equipment provided through Campus Crusade CRU.

CHE FIEMCA team in Nicaragua

Our CHE FIEMCA team in Nicaragua have also continued to enhance the lives of CHE villagers by increasing their productivity physically and spiritually  plus with generation of income mainly due to the drop in jobs availability which has forced thousands to migrate.

Nicaragua water project preparation

Last January Hugo Sr and Jr travelled to Nicaragua to assess and encourage the CHE Team. Working the Water well equipment (rig and towing truck) took most of Jr´s time during the week there, but now the equipment is in good shape now to welcome our partner Drops of Grace team to continue to work with CHE villages waiting on line for water provision.

Testimony from the CHE village of El Congo

Testimony from the CHE village of El Congo on the Island of Ometepe: The “Before” and the “Now” through the partnership of 1Mission & GCE/FIEMCA.

Mam and Quiche teams since 1987

In Guatemala the Mam and Quiche teams can not be less than loyal and faithful to the Calling they have heard from Our Lord. Some of them are with us since 1987!!! Why do they persevere? Again, “His Mercies and Compassions” only.

Research Study on The Impact of CHE

We have started to receive the preliminary results from the Research Study on The Impact of CHE on Public Health that the two students Abbie and Elise (came to work last July) from the fusion of Kingdom Workers & Wisconsin Lutheran College = the Meros Center/Dr Jason Paltzer. Some results that sound not very encouraging have to be unwrapped to work harder on those aspects of the CHE approach.

But here are a handful of those Preliminary Results:

Health Symptoms

  1. CHE households had fewer cases of vomiting in the household in the past month compared to pre-CHE household (9.2% vs 17.2%)

Health Diagnoses

  1. CHE households had fewer cases of diabetes in the past month compared to pre-CHE households (0% vs. 33.3%)

Health Information

  1. 6.25% of households in CHE communities and 2.5% of households in pre-CHE communities talk to a CHE or health volunteer. 

Health Behaviors

  1. Among CHE communities, households tended to eat more vegetables and fruits on a daily basis compared to pre-CHE communities (13.1% vs 5%)
  2. Among CHE communities, households had slightly greater pride in their community compared to pre-CHE households (13.1% vs. 6.7%).

Sharing Health Information

  1. CHE households were more likely to share health information with others compared to pre-CHE households (98% vs 74%). 

Spiritual beliefs

  1. CHE households were twice as likely to state that their faith “completely” influences their health compared to pre-CHE households (43.1% vs. 19.4%)
  2. CHE households were more likely to state they agree or strongly agree to telling others a Bible lesson compared to pre-CHE households
  3. CHE households were more likely to agree or strongly agree that they regularly attend worship services compared to pre-CHE households
  4. CHE households were more likely to agree or strongly agree that they believed they were going to heaven because of Jesus Christ compared to pre-CHE households. 

Whenever we will receive the final report of the Research Study we shall share it with those who will request it.

We request your prayers that the 281 documented Professions of Faith in Jesus in 2022 will grow their lives in Christ and become disciples to reach and disciple many other while unwrapping 2023 with all of your involvement and help Dear Partners and Friends of GCE.

On behalf of the GCE Board of Directors and Field Fellow Servants,

Hugo & Miriam,

Hugo Jr & Micaela.

February 2023.