Churches, Channels of Hope.

ChannelChurches, Channels of Hope is a comprehensive programme for HIV competence in Christian Communities. The CABSA Churches, Channel of Hope programme is a key element of CABSA's work.

CABSA believes churches are ideally positioned to be HIV competent and be caring Christian communities, addressing the challenges of HIV and AIDS and ministering reconciliation and hope in a world with HIV.

You can read more about the CABSA Churches, Channels of Hope programme in this section.

However, individuals, young people and other faith communities can also be channels of hope! You can read more about CABSA's programme to empower individuals here.

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Churches, Channels of Hope Facilitator's News

We would love to share news of workshops and events organised by Churches, Channels of Hope facilitators.  Send your reports to Lyn.

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HIV Forum for Churches, Pretoria, 23 June 2016

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This forum was initiated by trained Churches Channels of Hope Faciltator, Elzaan de Villiers, Co-Founder of the Building Hope Foundation.

 She introduces the attached report as follows:

“For a while now Building Hope Foundation and Mission4HIV, a ministry of DRC Lynnwood Ridge, have wanted to understand what churches in Pretoria are doing in the response to HIV and then to learn from or support one another in projects where possible. The work of external ministries (OM, PEN etc.) is known, but the quest was to explore more of what churches are doing in terms of prevention, care and empowerment.

The question we put to ourselves was: Why the Church? Why should we be involved in HIV?

The goal was to learn from the work others have been doing and to review current activities against such work, if any.

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World AIDS Day 2011 report from Mozambique. 1/12/11

Mozambique: The changes since 2003 are phenomenal, but we are far from achieving today’s international theme

By Rebecca J. van der Meulen

Today marks another World AIDS Day—my ninth in Mozambique. The changes since 2003 are phenomenal: from no one on HIV treatment here in 2003 to thousands on HIV treatment today.  From utter amazement at the brave (and foolish?) soul who dared say she was living with HIV to a much more matter-of-fact acceptance.  From almost no pregnant mother knowing her HIV status to almost every pregnant mother knowing.

But we are far from achieving today’s international theme: “Getting to Zero.” Zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.

Scientifically and biologically, these zeros are all possible. HIV still can’t live outside the human body and has not mutated to be spread through air or water.  AIDS is still a disease, not a curse, and greater understanding of the biology of HIV transmission has helped reduce fear and discrimination.  Antiretroviral medications, taken at the appropriate time, in the appropriate dosage, and with appropriate medical care, mean that a person living with HIV can live a long life and die of a cause not at all related to HIV.

But the challenges extend beyond science and biology. My friends Memory and Isabel mobilized dozens of people to get an HIV test. But when they got to the clinic, they found no HIV testing materials were available.  Despite a visit to the provincial health director, their local clinic still lacks these basic materials. 16-year-old Corina sought to get pregnant so she would have someone to live for—a child to call her own.  Alegria wanted to use a condom with her husband, but he refused.  Misinterpretation of treatment protocols meant that hospital staff didn’t give ARV medication to Candida, who was living with HIV but who was deemed not sick enough to receive treatment. Despite the persistent advocacy of her mother, Candida lost her life in April.

Getting to zero will require addressing a whole host of sociological issues.  It will require both skill AND will.

Skills such as behavior change communication, pharmaceutical stock management, and good HIV adherence do, indeed, need to be built. Much money has rightly been invested into skill-building.  But skills do nothing unless they are also accompanied by the will to put them into practice consistently. Without both skill and will, little happens.  We are therefore working on finding people who already have the will to get to zero, and investing skills in them.  THESE people move mountains.

Claudio and Miguel“How can we keep going, when the road to zero seems so steep?,” I asked Miguel and Claudio, two Mountain Mover colleagues.  We can look back, and see how far we have already come, they suggested. And we can see it as a relay.

We are on an ultramarathon, and we might not be the ones who reach the finish line.  We are not the ones who left the start line.  But we can move towards our goal, planting seeds, and pass on the work to those who come behind us. Perhaps it is those who come behind THEM who will get to zero and reap the harvest of our seeds.

 

Armando (on right), with colleague DárioRelay runner Armando lived eight years longer than he would have without antiretrovirals.  And he lived fully.  As president of the first association here of people living with HIV, he respectfully fought to speak out on behalf of those too ashamed to disclose their status.  He brought professionalism and dignity to his work, forcing people to reassess their stereotypes of what it meant to live with HIV.  I met him in 2003, and he was the first HIV-positive person I really got to know.  He was very ill—close to death—until beginning ARV therapy.

Armando lost his life earlier this year after a bout with TB, despite good care on the part of the Lichinga Hospital with the limited resources they had available.  Armando died because his stubborn optimism about his own health—a characteristic which he credited to keeping him alive before ARVs were available—meant that he didn’t seek early enough treatment for his TB.  I am honored to have run alongside him and to help carry his heavy baton.

Candida’s mother Elisa, who is also living with HIV, actively cares for people who are sick, breaking down stigma’s barriers and showing practical love.

She lives the love she preaches, and her own health is proof that her teachings are true—that it is possible to live well with HIV.  She wasn’t able to save her own daughter, but she has helped many other mothers save theirs.

 

 

Martins and William

Marathoners Martins and William keep hiking to remote communities—rain or shine—to bring ARV medication to people who would otherwise have to hike dozens of miles each month to get it.

Hundreds of Mozambican health officials do their jobs well, allowing medication to reach Mozambicans far from the capital city.

Taxpayers in the US and other countries fund the treatment that helps keep so many of my friends alive.  Though ARV medications cost only a twentieth of what they did in early 2000, they still cost far more than any of my Mozambican friends could afford.

It seems appropriate that World AIDS Day falls into the church’s calendar during the liturgical season of Advent, the time in which we wait—for Christmas, but also for the world’s brokenness to be made whole.  Because of supportive families and proper medication, many individuals living with HIV have a second earthly chance at life. (The Lazarus Effect, a thirty-minute film available here, bears witness to the power of ARVs)  But many still die before they learn their status, others still lack treatment access, and others still face life-draining stigma.  As a nation and as a world, we are not yet at zero new infections, zero discrimination, or zero AIDS-related deaths.  We work for the day when our advent HOPE of zero becomes the Easter REALITY of zero.

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Channels of Hope Workshop Report, Resdoc House Hillbrow, Johannesburg, 27 November 2010

The way CABSA material is designed is such that it challenges individuals own attitudes and perspectives, and this happened. It was not the usual workshop that some had been exposed to but through the different activities, participants appreciated its difference, uniqueness and that it is Christian specific as well.

 

Taking from participants comments, they felt that this was very educational and informative and it somehow made them also think of how as a church there is a serious lack of knowledge and information on the subject.

 

Activities like the HCQ, stigma pictures, 3 scenarios made them realise how they are a part of this cause and helped them stop pointing to others for answers but to themselves and they could see how they could take part in the response to HIV.

 

Report by: Minenhle Moyo
 
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CCoH Workshop Held at Hope Centre 20 November 2010

November 2010

The last CCoH workshop for Hope centre was on the 20th of November 2010, and it was a refresher for the group which was trained in 2009. Thirteen people showed up on the morning of the workshop despite the fact that only four people confirmed that they would be attending. This was encouraging. Some of the participants were not trained in CCoH before but they showed up, and this means they have interest in this programme. Participants were pleased to receive a folder with notes for the previous trainings each. Once again, our heartfelt thank you to CABSA for financially supporting us for these trainings.

God bless

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Churches, Channels of Hope workshop Hope Centre 30 October 2010

This was the last training for the second group that we trained this year. The group started with 19 participants but sixteen attended till the last day. The program went on as planned, where we started with the registration and breakfast. Our participants come from various villages around Kwamhlanga and they come in public transport, which means they leave their homes very early without breakfast. There was excitement in the atmosphere as the participants reminded one another of their journey in this workshop, and the knowledge they have gained this far.

 The program started at 9h00 and continued until 14h00, and we broke for lunch. After lunch we conducted the closing ceremony and issued their certificates. My heart was once again warmed by some of the participants who were motivated to start responding to HIV and AIDS in their churches. We are working on following up with each one of them about their involvement inresponding to HIV in their churches and communities. 

Report by: Anna Kaura

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Churches, Channels of Hope Mobilisation workshop in AFM Davidsonville Assembly - 9-10 October 2010

Twenty-one people, mostly from the Assembly Governing Board (AGB) and  Welfare Committee of the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) Davidsonville Assembly in Roodepoort – Gauteng participated in this mobilisation workshop from 9-10 October 2010.

 

The workshop was facilitated by Mrs Bongiwe Naile, Churches, channels of Hope facilitator and deputy director of the HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse Section of the AFM Executive Welfare Council.

 

Naile shares the following:

 

The two days spent in the Roodepoort was a truly remarkable experience for me as well as for the leaders. HIV and AIDS is a very highly sensitive topic that generates a lot of emotion and feeling and a workshop situation has a potential to create more hurt and pain, however we are grateful to the Holy Spirit and our God who were in the midst of all we were doing. A significant process have been initiated in all the participants and we believe that God as the potter He is rebuilding the Church to deal with this challenge and as leaders begin to take hands and march forward, our God the author and Finisher of Our Faith will help the leaders in their way forward.

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Churches, Channels of Hope Mobilisation workshop in AFM Davidsonville Assembly 9-10 October 2010

The workshop was facilitated by
 Mrs Bongiwe Naile, Churches, channels of Hope facilitator and deputy director of the HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse Section of the AFM Executive Welfare Council.

 

Naile shares the following: 

The two days spent in the Roodepoort was a truly remarkable experience for me as well as for the leaders. HIV and AIDS is a very highly sensitive topic that generates a lot of emotion and feeling and a workshop situation has a potential to create more hurt and pain, however we are grateful to the Holy Spirit and our God who were in the midst of all we were doing. A significant process have been initiated in all the participants and we believe that God as the potter He is rebuilding the Church to deal with this challenge and as leaders begin to take hands and march forward, our God the author and Finisher of Our Faith will help the leaders in their way forward.

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Workshop Held in Mpumalanga, Witbank 22 September 2010

22 SEPTEMBER 2010 

For the past months are being busy with the support groups at an informal settlement where I am working. In this community there is high-rate of HIV and AIDS and the most important thing is: 

  • Spiritual counselling
  • Information programmes
  • Group support
  • Motivations

 This has been going for some time and different churches are involved in this community.  This programmes runs once a week. I have realise that people become open about their status, when they are ready to talk about it, after they have realise that they can trust you, people fear for discrimination and also they could be rejected by their community. Challenges: 

  • Most of them are in denial, they done drink their medicaton as prescribed,
  • They abuse alcohol
  • They use traditional muti
  • They also believes in witch-craft but the more you do talks / motovation the more they realise that having multiple partner out your life at risk.
  • They don’t use condoms everytime they have sex.
  • They don’t go for regular check-ups when they feel better they leave/stop taking a treatment

 FROM   PULENG MORAILANE

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Churches, Channel of Hope in Cameroon. May 2010

CABSA has been in contanct with the Council of Heirs International (CHI) in Cameroon for some time.  In August 2009 Tunde Fowe from Nigeria represented CABSA at the International Conference on Missions in Cameroon.

In February 2010 two members of the organisation attended the Churches Channels of Hope Facilitator's Training in Gauteng. 

Pastor Bernard Messing reports as follows:

Because of what you invested in us (my wife and Seraphine) our HIV/AIDS work in church here in Cameroon has taking another relevant dimensions.

We have been organising many awareness seminar in many different denominational churches for church members and leaders in different cities in Cameroon.

Next Saturday, we are expected in Douala the largest city in Cameroon.  Not less than 100 participants will attend our seminar.  God is using our efforts as an eyes opener to multitude within the church.

The truth is that their expectations are higher than what our young organisation can do. Right now in almost all the seminars we have organised participants are asking us to do voluntary tsts.

All the photos sent to you came from our most recent awareness seminar."

 

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HIV and AIDS Training for Youth for Christ staff and Church Youth Leaders 17-19 November 2009

The following are the pictures of the Training Workshop organised and sponsored by Youth for Christ North West for the North Staff both Mafikeng and Rustenburg, Young leaders from local churches in Mafikeng and Rustenburg.

The workshop was scheduled for 17-19 November and the facilitators were Maud Ravuku and Moatlhudi Mogwera.

The training workshop was held at Rustenburg Cultural Centre.

YfC NW staff who attended the training are themselves facilitators of life skills and peer education in school and out of school work that targets young people. This training was evaluated very positively by both YfC staff and church youth leaders.

Nonceba’s Feedback:

My day with this group of precious passionate young people started very slowly because I just came back from training in Kitwe, Zambia. As the day went by and seeing the enthusiasm and passion from this group I was fired up to continue with more energy, I guess that’s the wonders of God.

The workshop included 27 youth leaders from Youth for Christ staff and different Faith Based Organisations from Mafikeng and Rustenburg.

This workshop aimed at mobilising the Youth Leaders from different faith communities and organisations to respond more effectively to HIV and AIDS from a perspective that is, over and above existing interventions based on modern science, ethically and theologically sound.

 The following themes were covered:
* HIV and AIDS and Me
* HIV and AIDS, More than basics
* HIV and AIDS, Living with HIV and AIDS
* HIV and AIDS, a Christian Response (Tough Stuff, Prevention Strategies, Stigma)
* HIV and AIDS, Churches, Channels of Hope
* HIV and AIDS Community Response 

What happened during session…

During the different sessions there was enthusiasm in terms of questions asked and the shared experiences from different church’s perspective and personal experiences. There was very little time for sessions on Gender, Stigma and Living Positively. The reason was that almost the whole group had firsthand experiences on HIV and the challenges it brings with it.

A lot of young people shared how they were affected by each experience, especially gender and stigma. Coming from rural areas and where HIV is still seen as the consequences of sin and how women are degraded by men. I first saw this during the activity of drawing “How the community views male/female in our communities”, there was a lot of anger from the women’s side and I saw how they passionately and with expressed how they feel, the anger they hold inside. The men were not really serious with the activity even they ended up bringing out their point of view.

What was sad for me was to see how these young men already perceive themselves as the bad ones who can’t changed, who are created to be irresponsible; Moa and I had to guide the discussion in the direction of making both genders realise that they are uniquely created by God and that we have to come to a point where we both appreciate each other.

The results

I had different interesting conversations with most of leaders at this workshop; and confident that an impact has been made in their lives. They do not only want to make a difference in their churches or communities but also in their families. I appreciate the fact that they could easily plan what they were going to do when they get back to their communities and how they are going to do it.

A female participant whose younger cousin living with HIV said “Sisi now I know how to treat my cousin;  better than before I came here and he needs more love from us and care,  rather than us treating him like he’s different”

“I thank the Lord for this opportunity again to bless others but also to be blessed”

You can also read Moathludi's report attached below

 


 

 

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Lamontville CCOH Workshop Photos

This are photos that Bapiwe Nxumalo sent from the workshop that was held in Lamontville

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Workshop in Nepal. 06/08

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Report by AIDSLINK in June 2008

Reaching the mountains and the valleys

They came from Katmandu or the many Nepali villages which are scattered through the Himalayas to be part of a year-long discipleship programme. Over 30 listened carefully as the AIDSLink team spoke of HIV & AIDS and how it affects their country.

They now know of the average 12,000 Nepali children who are monthly trafficked into India and the Gulf, most of them destined for commercial sex work.

They heard the first hand testimony of those who suffer in secret for fear of rejection, but who now live "positively" with HIV.

At the end of the workshop, the word "impact" came to mind when thinking of these young people, released into their communities, empowered with information to make a difference in the future.

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Lesotho Workshop. 01/08

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Report by Jayne Wilkins in Jan 2008.

Greetings to all at CABSA from Jayne in Lesotho, I was so glad to see that you have received information about the workshop we had in Mokhotlong Lesotho. I was so grateful to God for sending the helpers He did. Ian Rushton, Ntate Thomas Lebiletsa, and John McCartney were the backbone of the workshop. I was so grateful that the participants were able to have most of the workshop presented to them in Sesotho by Ntate Thomas and Ian. It was such a great help to them to be able to understand more thoroughly. We had 17 in attendance, 5 women and 12 men. All the men were in attendance for the entire workshop and were very attentive and participating fully. I am so excited to see how they changed their attitudes and thinking in ways from the beginning on Friday evening to Sunday when we ended. I was so grateful for the comment from one of the mothers that said she learned how important it was to speak to her children about sex and HIV and that she was going back to her village to tell the other mothers and was going to talk to her daughters that very night. She said it was going to be something they had in the open in their home. Many of the participants were anxious to take the information back to their churches to start facing a being involved as a church.

I will be having another follow up day of learning with all the participants to cover some of the things we were not able to get to in the time available and to see where they are in their commitments & in their churches and communities.

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World AIDS Day Commemoration, KwaMhlangu. 12/06

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News from Babette Grobler in KwaMhlanga about their World Aids Day Commemoration.

You kan read more about the work of MCDC here

I just thought of sharing the following with you. Me, Anna Mashilo and Isaac Maleke which all attended your training planned a World AIDS Day Commemoration on the 1 st of December ’06.

Mostly our own personnel and staff from the Mukhanyo Theological College in KwaMhlanga attended. We started with a candle light ceremony and then had two people living with HIV giving their testimonies. One of them came to our hospice after been taken to sangomas, the local ZCC Church where he had to drink all kinds of stuff and went through rituals before ending up with us (Nakekela) with a CD 4 count of 2. This guy recovered wonderfully and is living now openly with HIV after realizing that he cannot live without God in his life. We also used local people as well as people living with HIV in presenting that play that were in the guidelines of the module that we received from you and Isaac Maleke, seeing that he is a pastor, used that sermon that we received from you in the program we had on 1 st of December. A local nurse also presented a talk on VCT. We really had a very successful morning.

The other highlight that we had at Nakekela Care Centre was a Christmas Party. We admitted just more than 100 gravely ill people suffering from AIDS at the hospice as from Oct 05 to Oct 06. Of them about 30 recovered to such an extent that they went home and can have a normal live now especially after starting with ARV treatment. In the end the ex-patients were an encouragement to us instead of we to them. Most of them gave wonder full testimonies of how they thought they were on the brink of death and then how they recovered here at Nakekela - also how much they appreciated what was done for them. I think it especially meant a lot to our staff responsible for the caring and nursing of the HIV patients. It left all of us with tears in our eyes and especially experiencing again the greatness of God by realizing that we are just part of His greater plan and without Him we are nothing.

We are also experiencing miracles here on a daily basis. People who are admitted, not able to walk, talk, eat, absolutely so weak that we often think they will die within a day or two and then starting to eat slowly, we exercise them to start walking, and then they recover. It is wonderful to experience when they start responding and literally are alive again. We had a man of 54 that was admitted and over and above the fact that he was HIV, he was also very bad neglected as he did not have any family and no one wanted to care for him. His feet especially were in a very bad state and it took one of our care givers literally to bathed his feet in water once a day for a few days to get all the excess skin removed as well as to cut his toe nails etc. He was well enough to leave us two months later and about a month later a nurse from Holland started to work with us at Nakekela. He met her and the first thing he did when he heard that she was working with us was to take of his shoes and show her what his feet look like now as it made such a big impression on him having somebody doing that for him. I think we often do not realize in what conditions people are living out there and then the smallest act of kindness means so much to them.

Our critical patient care co-coordinator also find an old man in a shack which he brought here – he said the man was lying in his own dirt and urine. When he came here he was able to sit upright but, was not able to do any thing else for himself. He was for such a long time alone that he could not talk properly to us – it took him a long time to register when we asked him anything and if he answered back he would whisper. Now after two months he is able to walk, talk and responding again – somebody donated some slippers as well as new sleepwear for him and he seems as if he became alive again.

I think our biggest problem at this stage with the people that recover especially the very old people are that they have often no one to care for them at home and the fact that there is no proper food at home is also a problem in the case of the other recovering patients. It often happens that they recover here and then after a few months are readmitted in such a bad state that they then come here to die. You have to forgive me, but if I start talking about all the things that we experience here, I often do not know where to stop. Hopefully you will be able to visit us one day.

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Awareness Workshop in Liberia. 12/06

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Report by Ramona Jones on a workshop held in Liberia in December 2006.

I am pleased to forward to you photos of our HIV/AIDS awareness workshop which was held today as part of our community transformation effort and our fight against the aids virus.

52 youths were part of the workshop which cover prevention and stigma and the church role in the prevention of aids.

The workshop was sponsor by the voice of Pentecost churches in Liberia.

Ramona Jones

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CCoH in Zambia. 11/06

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Report by George Musondo in Nov 2006.

The HIV and AIDS empowerment training began on a very positive note with all the participants quite enthusiastic to get an understanding of what Channels of Hope (CoH) entailed. The target group for this training was the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation members of staff, in view of the fact that ZNBC has been collaborating with World Vision International in presenting the Positive Living Radio Programme. It was undertaken as a way of empowering media personnel to understand the dynamic impact of the Channels of Hope as a Ministry they could embrace in disseminating HIV and AIDS related messages.

Read the entire report attached below (PDF, 1.15 MB, 18 pg)

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Change of Heart in Lesotho. 11/06

Report by Joseph Teboho Rapitse in Nov 2006.

World Vision training transforms pastor’s attitude towards HIV For 15 years as a pastor, Thomas Lebiletsa (38) hated people living with HIV. It took a five-day training with World Vision, five months ago to completely transform him into a man who embraces and loves people infected with the virus.

In February this year, 2006, Lebiletsa, a pastor of Calvary Hope of the Nations, based in an area covered by World Vision’s Lenkoane Area Development Programme in Lesotho, was trained under the Channels of Hope programme, which aims to engage churches and faith based organizations in the response to HIV and AIDS. He left the training a changed man. Said the pastor: “I would tell my congregation almost every Sunday…Those with HIV must repent.

You will come back to the church when your legs are as thin as the pole holding up this tent and ask for forgiveness… and I will be ready to conduct your funerals.” He would refer to the poles holding up the tent from which he was preaching to scare those with the virus and scare others from engaging in activities that put them at risk. “After going through the training with World Vision, I was the one who had to repent,” he said. This Lebiletsa made it public at one service after the training where he repented openly before the congregation.

Lebiletsa notes that the training made him realize that instead of embracing and providing hope to those affected and infected by HIV, he was casting them away and making their situations worse. He remembers how a question posed during the training had really touched him. “How many in your congregations have died of AIDS when they could have lived if you had supported them?” was the question. He clearly remembered two, who he felt, with the appropriate support and counseling could have still been alive. “All I did was prepare for their funerals. I clearly did not think they deserved any love or support from me or the church,” remembers Lebiletsa.

Indeed, World Vision’s programme changed his approach and today he has linked two members of his congregation to anti-retroviral treatment. In the church he has a session dedicated to sharing about HIV and AIDS, one Sunday every month. Whenever possible he has people living positively with HIV sharing their life experiences to provide hope to others in the congregation. “It is difficult to talk about sex and sexuality especially in the church but we are doing it because we want to bring hope and love to those infected and affected,” he adds. Ever since he went through the training he has been celebrating the decision he made to accept the invitation to attend. He chose the training over preparing for a crusade, which he was supposed to lead at the same time.

Some of the challenging issues that he was asked to face during the training included; putting Jesus in the time of the HIV and AIDS pandemic and figuring out how He would have responded to people infected with the virus. He also had to search deep inside to find out his own attitude towards people who are infected with HIV. “I realized I hated people with HIV and I knew that those who were suffering because of the pandemic could never come to me for support even though I am a pastor… unless my attitude changed,” lamented Lebiletsa. Since his involvement with World Vision’s Channels of Hope programme, and subsequent change in attitude, he has become a member of the Berea District AIDS Task Force.

This makes it easier for him to link patients to professional support including antiretroviral treatment. The church has since established a six-member committee of four 4 women and 2 men who volunteered to spearhead issues related to HIV and AIDS to make sure that women, men and children affected in different ways get the care and support they require. Pastor Lebiletsa was already running a feeding programme for orphans in the village even before attending the Channels of Hope Programme but the training helped him to realize an even greater need to care and look after the orphans especially because the increase in HIV infection has also resulted in an increase in orphans.

The children get supper at the pastor’s home from Monday to Friday. So far he is proving food to 28 children whose ages range from three to 15 years. He also built a two-roomed house for a child headed family of two boys, a 15-year-old and a 10-year-old who live on their own after their mother died. “My life as a person has definitely changed and I want to play an even bigger role in responding to HIV in this area,” he said.

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NACOSA Workshop, 26-27 June 2012 - Cape Town, Western Cape





I, Meloney had attended the NACOSA Basic Financial Management Workshop on 26 and 27 June 2012 at MowbrayTown Hall, Mowbray by Facilitator Bernadette Leideman.

 

The training had include the following topics :

           Compile and use a budget

           Receive and receipt funds

           Utilize a petty cash system

           Conduct basic banking transactions in accordance with organizational procedures

           Compile a basic financial report

           Describe and implement financial policies and controls for an NGO

           Arrange for an annual review for the organization

 

My experience or opinion about this training:  I am really blessed to attend this training.  Although I work on a day-to-day basis with these topics, I have come to realization that CABSA are on standard with the protocol measurements to have a strongly, visibility and legally operating financial system.

 

Facilitator had emphasized the impotency of reporting to Funders.   

 

For me personal I have learned that you need to refresh your skills in order to improve your abilities to do your work more sufficiently.

 

The workshop were attended by 20 participants, from different NGO which have either an operational or management function at their organization.  Facilitator shared with us that 75 registrations were received, from which they can only selected 30 people to attend this training.

 

Written by Meloney Goliath

 

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Breakfast in Bloemfontein. 10/06

Report (in Afrikaans) by Estelle Heidemanof a breakfast held for Tsepo House in 2006. Click here.

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Workshops in the Gambia. 08/06

Report by John Jatta in August 2006.

News from John Jatta – Churches, Channels of Hope facilitator in The Gambia. (The Gambia is in Western Africa, and is the smallest country on the African continental mainland.) As I am seated on the computer now, I am just from a facilitation from a place called CAMPANT, a town about 115Km away from where I live.

A camp was organised by ‘Youth For Christ’ and the camp was married with lots of empowering programs on evangelism, Christian response to HIV and AIDS, culture and gospel in sports. Youth leaders and youth pastors attended the camp from 33 different churches around the country. 78 people attended the camp from different churches. The program was hectic but very educative. From my part two of us where invited to facilitate HIV and AIDS. My partner is a staff of International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) who was also trained in Nigeria. We where given two days to facilitate, so we divided the participants into two groups. I handled 39 participants of whom 11 of them are youth pastors and the rest are in the youth leadership of their various churches.

For the first time I applied the highly confidential questions. I also used the ‘hypothetical scenario’ and also the ‘agree or disagree’ questions which were very interactive and exciting. With the highly confidential questions, I felt it was really difficult for participants to be sincere with themselves despite the high security surrounding the exercise. But I thank God that the exercise achieved something. It made us dwell on ourselves rather than talking about others. With the exercise everybody felt that we are all part of the problem so the church must take her position in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Some people really find it difficult to accept that sex must always be talked about on pulpit. But at the end of the facilitation today most of them agreed that we must break the silence in talking about sex on pulpit.

My co-facilitator and I together with some of the youth leaders see it as a strong need to organise a workshop inviting even church pastors to attend. They acknowledged that we have good stuffs for the church of the Gambia so it must be put into good use. Please do pray for us that this will work well. We believe it is possible. I really appreciate God for the privilege to be part of CABSA facilitators. Your facilitation manual is rich in information and exciting in presentation. May God continue to bless you and your team in your endeavour.

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Jewels of Hope Workshop. 08/06

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Report by Ian and Anita Rushton in August 2006.

"It always amazes us how, after weeks ... no months of build-up, the training weekend just flies by. We look back over the past weekend and thank God for His sure and constant faithfulness."

This document describes Jewels of Hope train-the-trainer workshop, displaying photos of the event.

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Workshop in the Free State. 05/06

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Report by Ian and Anita Rushton in May 2006.

HIV/AIDS workshop report, Ladybrand, 19th – 21st May 2006

The workshop was organized primarily for trainers and peer educators from the various Jewels of Hope projects in Gauteng, the Eastern Free State and Lesotho. It was a full weekend workshop, commencing with registration on Friday afternoon (17h00) and an evening session, then all day Saturday (up to 17h00) and again on Sunday, following the church service, from 11h30 up to 17h00.

See the full report attached below.

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Churches, Channels of Hope: Training of Facilitators

Purpose

The purpose of this program is to equip participants with the appropriate attitudes, knowledge and skills to be 'Channels of Hope' and assist faith communities in their journeys to HIV competence.

The CABSA Churches, Channels of Hope programme offers tools to help churches and communities respond to the needs created by HIV and AIDS. These tools include this facilitators training, that equips participants to run two or three day CABSA Churches, Channels of Hope workshops in their communities.

Outcomes

The successful participant will be:

• Equipped with thorough (scientific) knowledge on HIV and AIDS related topics and issues;
• Enriched and challenged to explore a Christian response to the challenges of HIV and AIDS;
• Empowered with facilitation skills and guidelines;
• Motivated to be a Channel of Hope.
 

Who should attend this programme?

The ideal candidate:

• Is a Christian leader who is ready to take responsibility and action within his or her own community and church.
• Should be comfortable with people and interested in facilitating HIV related workshops, information sessions and processes.
• Should preferably have previous exposure to HIV and AIDS related training and projects (or have the capacity to learn new information in a short time).
• Should have some prior experience of teaching, facilitation or public speaking, or show the potential to facilitate sessions.
• Should have the capacity to learn and express him or herself clearly in English (verbally and in writing). 
 

Biblical Guiding Principles

The CABSA Churches, Channels of Hope programme is grounded in the following guiding principles:

  1. We are compelled by the love of Christ
  2. We accept others as Christ accepted us
  3. We uphold the dignity and worth of all human beings
  4. We identify with the Body of Christ
  5. We serve others in practical acts of love and compassion
  6. We speak the truth in love
  7. We need wisdom from the Holy Spirit
  8. We have a living hope
  9. We are Christ’s ambassadors
  10. We need to stand up for justice as prophets and priests.

Content of programme

Module 1: Channels of Hope and HIV Competent Faith Communities


1.1 Being a Channel of Hope
1.2 HIV Competent Faith Communities
1.3 Guidelines on Facilitating
Annex 1: Example of a Churches, Channels of Hope Workshop
Annex 2: Suggestions for Talking with Young Adults

Module 2: Understand and Acknowledge Vulnerabilities

2.1 Challenging People's Attitudes
2.2 Introduction to World View
2.3 Understanding Statistics
2.4 Reality Check

Module 3: Relevant and Responsible Use of the Bible

3.1 Guiding Principles
3.2 Responsible Use of the Bible
3.3 Discover Who You Are
3.4 Ethical Questions
Annex 3: Homosexuality

Module 4: Comprehensive Prevention

4.1 Understanding HIV and AIDS
4.2 HIV Transmission
4.3 Prevention in Practise
4.4 Conditions that Improve Vulnerabilities

Module 5: Compassionate Care and Support

5.1. From Diagnosis to Acceptance
5.2 Living Positively
5.3 Antiretroviral Treatment
5.4 Emotional and Spiritual Care
5.5 Children Living with the Realities of HIV

Module 6: Transformative Justice

6.1 Justice and Advocacy
6.2 Stigma and Discrimination
6.3 Introduction to Gender
6.4 Gender Based Violence
6.5 Human Rights

Module 7: Meaningful Community Interaction

7.1 Competent faith communities engage proactively with the community
7.2  Connecting faith communities and community
7.3  Discover your faith community

Module 8: Accountable Leadership

8.1 Accountable Leadership
8.2 Theory of Change
8.3 Discover God's Dream
8.4 Strengthen Your Faith Community
8.5 My Role as Faith Leader

Module 9: Closing and the Way Forward

Introduction
 Closing Ceremonies
 Annex 4: CABSA and Mentoring
 Annex 5: Jargon Guide

Methods of learning

A wide variety of learning methods are used, that are based on the principle of experiential learning.

These methods include: Group participation, Group debates and discussions, Mini lectures, Hypothetical scenarios and role plays, Demonstrations, Individual and personal activities and reflection, Group activities, Games, Pictures, DVDs, Storytelling and sharing of experiences.

What will be expected from participants?

The CABSA Churches, Channels of hope programme forms an integral part of CABSA's strategy to mobilise and assist faith communities to become HIV competent. Therefore trained facilitators are expected to commit to a lifestyle that will challenge inaction, wrong information, unhealthy attitudes and stigma.

Facilitators are challenged to become Channels of Hope in their own communities and churches and to actively work towards building a caring and responsible faith community.

Mentoring

On completion of the course, facilitators will become part of the CABSA family and will receive basic mentoring from CABSA for a minimum period of five years after the training.

Logistical details of the training

Duration
This training program is very intensive and stretches over seven days. The long hours and amount of homework and preparations requires in-house training. 

Ideal group size
20-30 participants.

Assessment
Participants will be evaluated on the following aspects:

• HIV and AIDS knowledge
• Christian response and understanding of the topic
• Facilitation skills

Assessment will be based on two facilitation sessions of each participant, three written papers and the completion of an assignment.

Resource material
Each participant receives:

1. A comprehensive manual that includes all the information covered during the training and more,
2. Master copies of the slides, posters and handouts,
3. A set of laminated discussion cards,
4. A CD-Rom with additional reading, tools and the power-point presentation,
5. Additional booklets that complement the content of training.

Costs
The Christian AIDS Bureau is a non-profit organisation that strives to make training accessible, but is constrained by the availability of funding and donations. The cost of each training is therefore negotiated individually and depends on various factors. The average amount is R10 000 per person. Candidates are invited to apply for subsidies, when available.

More information
For more information please contact Aneleh Fourie Le Roux at training@cabsa.org.za or +27 (0)83 292 5358

Feedback form our license partner, World Vision International, in February 2017

"“CoH is a catalyst that transforms and motivates faith leaders and their congregations to respond to tough development issues that affect their communities. The CoH process directly addresses faith leaders’ perceptions about especially volatile or taboo community issues. It leaves to positive changes in faith leader and community engagement in the greatest issues facing their children.  Since World Vision's adoption of the CoH-HIV model from CABSA, the methodology has been adapted to include content focused on child protection, gender equality, maternal child & health and ebola for both Christian and Muslim leaders.  To date, more than 410,000 faith leaders have participated in a Channels of Hope workshop with World Vision.”

Andrea Kaufmann, Director, Faith Partnerships; World Vision International  

 

 

 

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Request for feedback Reports on Facilitators Activities in 2013

PO Box 16  
Wellington. 7654  
SOUTH AFRICA  
Tel/fax: +27 (0)21 8730028  

 

27 March 2014
 
Dear Facilitators

It is my privilege to greet you on behalf of CABSA. We have entered this year with a deep sense of awe, excitement and gratitude as we can look forward to a new season filled with new opportunities! We also continue to praise God for His goodness and provision during the last two very challenging years.

We want to thank you for all your support and prayers during this time – it is wonderful to know that the CABSA family consists of hundreds of people like yourself who value who we are and what we do. It is also a great encouragement to know that each of you as a channel of hope also contribute in different ways to bringing reconciliation and hope in this world with HIV.

Thank you also for your patience and participation in updating our information. We are encouraged by all the informal feedback we received from you during 2013. Now we would like to remind you of your formal annual report and ask you to please complete and submit it as soon as possible. Although we would like the form as soon as possible, the deadline is the 21 st April 2014

The feedback form is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PC3RZQT and can also be accessed below.

The ideal is that you complete and submit the report online. If you need more space than the form offers, please contact me for alternative instructions.

Please put aside at least 10-20 minutes to complete your form.

The form as a Word document is also attached to this email. You can fill it in electronically and send it to ccoh@cabsa.org.za If this is also also not possible you can print it and fax it to the office. Printed copies will also be distributed to facilitators without email access.

Your reports are extremely valuable to us, not only as a testimony of the impact of the Churches, Channels of Hope in various communities, but also as we report back to our funders.

More broken, but beautiful” is a phrase that keeps echoing in my mind after reading the book "When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself". The authors, Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, also wrote:

Yes, Jesus died for our souls, but He also died to reconcile – that is, to put into right relationship – all that He created.”

Let us encourage each other in this sometimes painful, yet beautiful journey to restore the dignity and worth of every person we encounter.

More broken … but beautiful in Christ





Aneleh Fourie-Le Roux

Training Manager

training@cabsa.org.za

 Vision:

Caring Christian communities ministering reconciliation and hope to a world with HIV.



NPO registration number: 019 – 387 – NPO

 

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Reports on CABSA Churches Channels of Hope Trainings and Refresher Workshops

Read reports on our facilitator trainings and refresher Workshops:

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CCoH HIV/AIDS Workshop and Wellness Campaign, Thokoza, 18/5/2017

A team of CCoH facilitators had a HIV/AIDS Workshop and Wellness Campaign which was held in Thokoza.  

CANSA, Ekurhuleni Local Municipality, Social Services and Department of Communications were invited to be part of the workshop and campaign, they were also given an opportunity to do presentation.

Each CCoH facilitator had an opportunity to facilitate a short session which was exciting because it was the first time they all facilitated in their communities. They realised that there is still a very big need to run HIV programmes and workshops in their community. It went very well.

   

 

 

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CCoH Facilitators Training, Western Cape, 9-11 May & 27-30 June 2017

                                                       Churches Channels of Hope, Western Cape Training

CABSA had the opportunity to do a training for faith leaders in Western Cape. The training was hosted at the Helderberg DRC in Somerset-West - we are thankful that they made their facilities available to us!

This training has an unique structure. Our trainings are normally done over a week, but this one will be done in two blocks over more than a month. It further had very exciting dynamics, as we have national and international participants.

Much learning took place in the first block, but there were also moments of reflection and time spent in prayer.

HIV is real and everyone whether locally or internationally share the concern that we should do more. CABSA helps to enable faith communities to respond competently in “doing more”.

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CABSA/CHABAHIVA Trust Peer Educators Training, Kwa-Thema, 3-6 April 2017

CABSA was invited to be part of a Peer Educators Training for Springs Field Band, supported by the CHABAHIVA Trust. 

Wanda Olivier and Nonceba Ravuku trained 21 members of the Springs Field Band as HIV Peer Educators. The Field Band leaders who assisted us were: Vuyani Mukandi, Lesedi Matsetela, Rass Fakude and Nkululeko Sukwe

The Peer Educators enjoyed the training tremendously. Some of the highlights were: learning to communicate with the HIV cubes, addressing stigma and learning the correct facts and using the correct language when we talk about HIV.
You do us proud, Peer Educators!

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CCoH Facilitators Training, Mazenod, February 2017

CCoH Facilitators Feb 2017

CABSA has completed another fun filled yet deeply contemplative training. It is during these training sessions where we learned to “bleed” together as the pain that this pandemic brings touches us all.

The stories told over the duration of the training created a deep sense of being compelled by the love of Christ to do something that is tangible that will bring sunshine into often darker situations than what the pandemic itself creates. This darkness is caused by stigma.

One of the faith leaders responded in conversation to a similar statement;…………”We must change”

Thursdays in Black was observed as there is a deep understanding amongst the facilitators of the impact abuse have on our society.

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CCoH Workshop Community Chest 26-27 January 2017

Churches Channels of Hope Workshop

“I want to be that sweetness in the life of someone living with HIV.”

………….these were the words of an attendee, after we completed the closing ceremony that focused on the bitterness that this pandemic create in the lives of people infected and affected with HIV and how we as the church brings sweetness in to their lives again.  

   CABSA in collaboration with Community Chest held a two day workshop in Belhar in Cape Town. Pastors and faith leaders from different denominations was in attendance.

There was liberty in sharing individual struggles and experiences to the point that there was no dry eye left in the workshop. But there was not only tears as we engaged in the activities and discussions in group work. One gentleman said the following; “……..I’ve been to four HIV & AIDS workshops already but this one blew my mind away”

Another minister said that if he could have his way, he will make this workshop compulsery for all churches. The two days has been a real enriching experience even for the CABSA staff as we in a refreshing way experience the presence of the Lord.

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CCoH Workshop Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation 22-23 September 2016

                                                                                         Churches Channels of Hope Workshop

 

                                                                            

CABSA was invited to do a Two Day Churches Channels of Hope workshop for the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation. Ministers and church leaders from across Cape Town has been invited and we had twenty six in attendance.  

On the first day we paused to pray for the Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu as he has been struggling with his health. We were later informed that the Archbishop was released from hospital and is recovering at home.

From the testimonies shared we were once again reminded that, we as faith communities and society as a whole have much to do to counter the HIV pandemic. One of the comments that came out during the comprehensive prevention sessions is……….”The church has a roll to play in destigmatizing condoms as our people are sexually active……”

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CCoH Facilitators Training, Mazenod, August 2016

CCOH August Training

Our training at Mazenod was a great adventure this time around. The faith leaders that was there was of a younger age group and therefore there was great energy throughout the training.

One of the training team members made the observation; “We assume people know about this pandemic but every time we do training we realise that no matter how exposed people are there is still a great sense of unawareness in our communities. People need to read more as we all are affected…it’s about us”

These are some of the responses that came from the participants

  • “The training made me realise that I am truly called of God to be a channel of hope. I am ready!”

  • “Now I know how to speak to my sister who is HIV positive, I am no longer afraid.”

  • It was for me more than a training. It was a Life-transforming encounter with the Lord. It was so personal and profound, it made me aware of my own brokenness, that I am as vulnerable as anybody else, therefore there’s no such thing as US and THEM. I am grateful for the opportunity that was afforded to me to become part of what the Lord was doing over the course of the week of training……….”

At CABSA we are grateful to be coworkers with Christ in this ministry we are committed to.

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CCoH Workshop World Vision Mbekweni 18-19 August 2016

Two day Workshop Mbekweni

 

CABSA in partnership with World Vision had a two day workshop with faith leaders from Mbekweni. Mbekweni is a small township in the Paarl area that has come into the media spotlight due to Luvo Manyonga who is from this area and represented South Africa in the track and field events at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He won a silver medal in the long jump that made not only his family proud but the whole community and the rest of South Africa.

CABSA could share in the joy of the faith leaders and community organisations that was present. There were 29 people in attendance from twenty churches and community organisations.

The two day training ended with the Closing Ceremony which serves as a reminder that people are suffering and that there is sadness and hardship, but we can bring joy to people’s lives as we are God’s hands and feet to one another.

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CCoH Workshop Porterville 26-27 July 2016

Two day Workshop Porterville

                                                                        

CABSA held a very insightful two day workshop in a very cold and wet Porterville as the Western Cape is in the heart of its winter. The workshop was attended by the URCSA Porterville, Kerk van God van Profesie and Elim Pinkster and Department of Social Development.

The cold weather could not stop the participants from engaging in discussions and activities. Most of the participants have never been at any workshop or even just an information sharing session on HIV and AIDS. We had a great number of people in their twenties and this at times paved the way for very robust discussions.

The church in Porterville is very enthusiastic about the prospects of collaborating with BADISA to have a meaningful ministry to those living with HIV and AIDS

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CCoH Workshop Caledon 19-20 July 2016

Caledon Two Day Workshop

 Workshop in Caledon received a great interest from the ministers and ministry groups from the various churches. The churches in Caledon have good relationships and this has influenced the attendance and also the spirit of the two day training.

 

The workshop became a safe space where people could share their fears and ignorance about the pandemic and some shared their personal stories with the group. There was much laughter and tears as the workshop progressed.

                                        

The participants expressed the need to start a ministry in their churches to better assist and minister to the rest of the family of God who is living with HIV & AIDS.

We want to thank the URCSA CET for their support in making ths workshop possible.

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CCoH Workshop with Desmond & Leah Tutu Foundation. 23-24 June 2016

CCoH Two Day workshop

CABSA was invited by the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation to conduct a two day CCoH workshop for faith leaders. The participants came from different communities of the Cape Town Metropole. On day one we were graced by the Leah Tutu and her daughter Mpho who spend the morning with us participating in the activities and discussions.

The two days was exciting as the participants was very engaging.  We moved from a condom being called; “of the devil” to a point where everybody was intently following the condom demonstration trying to figure out the female condom, which is still a foreign concept to some of our communities. One of the participants responded by saying…….”the female condom is really a good option.”

The two day workshop waas closed with the Closing Ceremony, that serves as a reminder that the Church can bring joy to lives that is often filled with heaviness.

 

 

 

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CCoH Faclitators Training, Mazenod June 2016

CCoH TRAINING Mazenod Retreat Center,    

 05-11June 2016

“I could not imagen that God can be so present at a training the way in the way He is here.”……..

 quotation by one of the participants

 CABSA in collaboration with the African Independent Churches has hosted a training of facilitators in Gauteng. This training was held at the Mazenod Catholic Retreat Centre. Mazenod have become a second home to CABSA as we’ve been making use of their facilitaties for some time. We are grateful to Brenda who coordinate the booking of the venue, she has a real servant heart and always goes out of her way to make the impossible possible for us.

We had five trainers who were really inspirational and influential, under the leadership of Tunde Fowe from Nigeria. He is on the far left in the photo below, next to him is Janine Ward from Gauteng, Rev Senamo(not part of the training team) Mini Moyo originally from Zimbabwe, Clive Swarts from the CABSA office in Cape Town and Sanah from Gauteng. We were supported for two days by Nonceba from the Guateng CABSA office and the CABSA Training Manager Aneleh.

                                                    

 This training has been a significant one as we had our first collaboration with the African Independent Churches( AIC). In the photo we have Rev Sonamo in the center  who has been very instrumental in forging the relationship between CABSA and the AIC. We were further blessed to have had him attending the training.

The participants came predominantly from an area called Vosloorus in Gauteng and CABSA is glad to partner with these participants to effect change in their community. We have seen the deflection of focus from the pandemic in the media over time, but on grass roots level the outcry of people living with HIV has grown loader and loader, therefor we will remain focus as we are given the opportunity to serve as catalyst for the faith communities to understand the vulnerabilities of our brothers and sisters.

                                                                    

This group was diverse on so many levels, black and white, rich and poor, professionals and unemployed, retired people and others not even sure what they want to do with their lives. However as we can see from some of their statements, they speak with one voice, a voice geared for action on different levels………….

“This will add value in my professional capacity and I am more equipped to teach and lead my team.”

“Help others as I have been helped.”

“Will go and volunteer my time few hours to helping people understand the HIV epidemic.”

“Going to impart with community and friends.”

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CCOH Facilitators Training Kenya April 2016


CCoH Facilitator Training Prepares Cohort of Church Leaders in Kenya

   "I am excited. My ministry will never be the same again.”  “When my church community gets trained they will respond better  to issues.”   “This training will help my ministry practically as I serve street children, single parents, alcoholics and the poor.”  “This training will have profound impact.”       

These are just a few comments made by participants as they completed a seven day intensive Facilitator Training sponsored by Churches for Grace at Moffat Bible College in Kijabe, Kenya from 17 to 23 April 2016. Churches for Grace collaborated with CABSA to use their well-honed curriculum designed to train people to be Channels of Hope. After 7 days of presentations, discussions, activities, assessments, late night study hours and lots of fun-filled interaction, the 24 participants from 4 regions in Kenya and even one from Uganda were still animated in discussing how they planned to use this training in their home communities. We shared a moment of solemn reflection during a special closing ceremony to remember the bitter tears evoked by the harsh realities of HIV balanced by the sweetness of God’s love, compassion and grace while lighting candles of hope that we are all prepared to take back to our respective communities.

In this inaugural Churches for Grace (CfG) training in Kenya a team of 4 CfG facilitators led by CABSAs Kenya representative, Kiarie Mwenda, and another experienced trainer, Minenhle Moyo, from South Africa took the cohort of pastors, church and community leaders through the Churches Channels of Hope curriculum. As a result of this training, participants from the northern desert region of Turkana; from the Mt. Elgon region in Western Kenya; from Meru, just north of Mt. Kenya; from a western Uganda border town; and from a number of communities in central Kenya will be taking their new training back to their families, churches, work places and communities. Churches for Grace now plans to mentor them as they look for ways to begin training other church leaders in their communities. As this curriculum is rolled out through an expanding network of “churches of grace”, we hope to see an increasing number of communities being transformed by the practical application of HIV awareness information, core competencies, and scriptural guiding principles. Faith leaders will be empowered to see their role in providing appropriate assistance, safe and more grace-filled spaces for people in their communities whose lives have been affected heavily by the HI virus and its effects. As more bodies of believers are empowered to extend grace and hope to overcome the sting of HIV in our communities, we expect to see evidence of radical change as the light of hope dispels the darkness and restores life.

Transformation has already begun in the hearts and minds of the 24 participants of this training. Hear some of their statements:

“This training has opened my mind because I have been stigmatizing other people.”
“It has changed my mind, encouraged and empowered me to improve in some areas of my life and in the church that I am serving.”
“It was so impactful. I am well trained and well equipped for works of service.”
“I was sharpened in my skills on how to handle, teach, counsel and interact with other organizations through the church and in the community to pass on God’s love through HIV ministry.”

Thanks to all who have been praying and contributing to make this training happen. We in Churches for Grace are excited, poised for action and waiting expectantly to see what God will do next through all of us.

Hope Carter for the CfG team 

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CCoH TRAINING Marianhill Retreat Center, KZN 03/2016

CCoH TRAINING (6-12 March 2016)

CABSA in partnership with the (KZNCC) Kwa-Zulu Natal Christian Council hosted a training of facilitators in KZN. This training was held at the Marrianhill Roman Catholic Retreat Centre.

We had six facilitators that was really inspirational and influential under the leadership of Minenhle Moyo. One of the participants said; “You have changed my life with all.” CABSA has over the past 14 years been equipping the Christian community and in the process have built a facilitator team that not only facilitate trainings and workshops locally but has become renowned in the Southern African Region and beyond.                   

The CABSA program was written to assist faith communities in their journeys towards HIV competence. Thereby CABSA is committed to equip participants with the necessary knowledge, skills and help in shaping appropriate attitudes, to model the indiscriminant love of Christ as channels of hope. CABSA is also committed to share their resources in response to the needs created by HIV and AIDS.

While the participants were predominantly from KZN, we further had two from the Western Cape, one from Gauteng and one from the Angola. The group consisted out of 6 females and 18 males who participated with a hunger to find out more and to have much of their uncertainties answered.

One pastor made the statement; “There is really not a division between us and them, there is really just an ‘us’.” speaking to the segregation that society made between those living with HIV and those who don’t.

One participant made a remark during the session on stats; “We are not exposed to these numbers in our villages, but what I see here is that my village is a microcosm of what is happening in our country and in the world. I can change the world by starting at home.”

Participants left the training with an excitement to implement the new found knowledge. We have already in their short term planning heard positive remarks of coming together to do workshops in the various communities. 

We want to say thank you to the dedicated team of facilitators who expanded our horizons as they led us into discovering new frontiers of competencies and encouraged us to be channels of hope in our faith communities and beyond.

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Churches Channels of Hope Express Training - 16-21 August 2015

 This was an unique training where a group of previously trained participants in the Fleiszer Legacy project had the opportunity to deepennand improve their skills and knowledge and be trained in the newly updated manual.

Read the report of a training team member and a participant as well as a training team member's reflection on one participant's growth.

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An Express Impression- from a training team member. 11/09/2015

Written by Minenhle Moyo

August 2015


As with everyone in the team, the Churches, Channels of Hope Express Follow-up Facilitator Training was new to me. First I wondered what would be included and what excluded, because the trainings are usually fully loaded packed with life changing stuff. I was also full of expectation about the participants who would be there, and a different mix of trainers. In all trainings I have been to, I have always enjoyed the training team complement as it combines people with different styles of facilitating, and personalities. These have contributed to enriching the trainings in many many ways such that to date, I have learnt new things and have always emerged a better trainer at the end. So I always appreciate the work and effort that goes into training team selection. I was really blessed to be with Janine, Efraim, Nonceba, Mpho, Aneleh and led by Anna. 

The new training manual is improved and more user friendly, topics are well sequenced and therefore competence is knitted in more naturally. While it’s still a work in progress, I appreciate the outcome we already have with us. The size too is amazing, and the resource toolkit too! 

Meeting new participants is always of particular interest to me, and while almost all of them had been previously trained, I met them for the first time. I was greatly encouraged by the excitement they had, and the fact that they really did not treat this as a second time in training. They ‘drank up’ sessions as if it was for the first time. Many of them shared how they too appreciated this second round of training as it felt there was a lot they had to grasp and digest the first time. But now they could let it sink in. I heard of practical work that many of them were already involved in after their first training. I saw in a different way how true it is that ‘with whatever we have’, when we take it to God, and give it to Him to use, He is faithful and the outcome is always mind blowing. 

The training was attended by 30 participants who were all from Gauteng province in South Africa. The majority of the participants (27) were trained in 2014 and 2015 and this offered them a fresh change to improve their understanding of the programme. 

Here was a group of people excited and ready to go and work for the kingdom of God. This was a very special experience that I learnt from and thoroughly enjoyed; one that clearly reminds us of the needs that exist and that the journey is still long therefore every hand, foot and heart will make a huge difference wherever the Lord plants it. 

The ‘Express Training’ was really  express. Before we knew it, the week was over, and it was time to go back home. We all returned home having been challenged in new and different ways, and sharpened too! It was an awesome time.

 

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A Participant`s Perspective. 15/09/2015

Written by Prudence Bhebhe

August 2015


The Churches Channels of Hope express training was an epic and new phenomenon to me. The whole experience was more of a learning board for me and my other fellow participants. I learned a cocktail of new things about HIV and related issues which helped me in understanding and appreciation of the HIV infected world we now live in. Our trainers were very energetic and viable and made sure that we had a grasp of everything they were dishing out. They were very time cautious, understanding and made sure that no stone was left unturned. 

We engaged in activities such as the “HIV and the immune system”. The whole objective of this activity was for us to learn and understand the relationship between the body, the immune system and the HI Virus. The other important thing I really enjoyed about the whole training is the fact that I got to meet new faces with different perspectives coming from different organizations who were as much hungry, determined and eager to learn as I was. We were given the opportunities to interact with other participants through the facilitation training session which greatly helped me in boosting my self-confidence. 

The whole training was truly a game changer as it challenged our attitudes towards HIV and AIDS and how we can best become effective and reliable channels of Hope in a world with HIV and AIDS. 

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A Facilitator's Change of Attitude

 Written by Nonceba Ravuku, training team member.

I have been to the CCoH trainings many times and had contact with many potential facilitators from different backgrounds and yes different denominations. A lot of them are skeptical or rather staunch in their beliefs.

I met one facilitator who is a pastor and a respected community leader in one of the trainings, who was quiet rigid in his opinions and understandings of sexual behaviors, he never wanted to admit that there are Christians who have certain interests when it comes to sexual activities and he never even believed that Christians discussed anything related to sex. I was also not surprised when he didn’t want to participate in any activities or discussions on sex or sexual behaviors.

I was always worried about how will he be able to facilitate workshops in his church or community especially because he was keen to go back to his community and start running workshops.

I thanked God when he was interested to attend the CCoH Express training. I was eagerly and impatiently waiting to see if there was any change of attitude from the previous training. During some of the activities I started noticing that there was a big change. I noticed how he challenged specifically members of another church who were from his community, I noticed how he was participating more in group discussions and how asked more questions. Not only was he participating in small groups but he was also making valid input during big group discussions and asking relevant questions. 

When I had an opportunity to speak to him one on one he shared that his spirit was challenged when he got home and he had to have a change in his attitude. He said he needed more exposure and that he is going to be more involved. 

My spirit is happy.

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CCoH Training Abundant Life Lodge, Kabulonga, Zambia – Apr 2015