Nigel Ring on May 30th, 2011

Water in Samburu The rains have failed in April so the crisis continues. Yet there has come some recent hope of sustainable solutions for the future. Read this sms message just received from Edward Buria: ‘We are so overwhelmed by discovering water in our Wamba centre and we are now sinking a 3 million (£30,000) […]

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Having explored some of the definitions of ‘Development’ and ‘the Poor’ in the last blog we will now look at some of the differences between the world’s and church-based models. First, I would like to look at a variant of Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of need. Maslow’s pyramid of need Maslow was a psychologist who developed […]

Continue reading about Development Studies from a Christian perspective – pt 2 – Becoming contributors to Mission

Nigel Ring on May 19th, 2011

If you live in the UK you will be pleased to know there is a Social Action Conference ‘Churches that change communities‘ planned for October 1st. I urge you to be there! Click on the photo to enlarge it if needed. You can register here. Tweet This 

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Nigel Ring on May 17th, 2011

Recently I gathered the students from my church, Church of Christ the King in Brighton, UK, who were taking degrees or modules in Development Studies from the local universities. I had become aware that these courses, being secular in nature, tend to discourage our students by having little place for the spiritual dimension of mankind. […]

Continue reading about Development Studies – Christian cf Secular pt 1

Last time we looked at the statements that have a spiritual impact. In this final part of the series I list those statements that we would expect to apply to any work of this nature, whether Christian or secular, NGO or Aid Agency. These are coloured green in the PowerPoint presentation. 9. Who? It is […]

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Nigel Ring on May 6th, 2011

I have recently returned from Guinea in West Africa where I have been visiting the church in the capital, Conakry, which was planted over ten years ago with refugees from the Sierra Leone civil war. Guinea is a very poor nation. Let me give you some of the bare facts: Population: 10 million, 2 million […]

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What are the other statements? Having shared some examples of statements let me now provide the full list in this and the next posting. Written here they seem somewhat overwhelming but please do not be put off! For clarification on any of these please refer to the series which I posted Sept – Dec 2009 […]

Continue reading about Ministry Health Check pt 5 – The ‘spiritual’ statements