GAHUNDA YA PEACE NI IKI?
Gahunda ya PEACE ishishikajwe no kugarura umwanya w’itorero mu ivugabutumwa. Ikurikiza amahame ya Yesu bigashyirwa mu bikorwa mu banyetorero basanzwe bakunda bagenzi babo-aho Imana yabashyira hose. Abantu basanzwe, mu mbaraga z’Imana, bakora ibyo Yesu yakoraga, aho bari hose.
GAHUNDA YA PEACE IFITE UWUHE MWIHARIKO ?
ITUMA ABANYETORERO BASANZWE BAYOBORA
Ntabwo isi ifite abaganga bahagije bo kuvura indwara zose, cyangwa abashumba bahagije bo gutangiza insengero zose zikenewe. Ariko, uwizera wese ku isi yahawe ubushobozi n’Imana bwo kuzana impinduka. Gahunda ya PEACE ifasha abanyetorero basanzwe n’imyuga ikenewe, bakabasha kuzana impinduka zirambye aho batuye.
IZAMURA, ITANGIRA, IFATANYA N’ITORERO RISANZWE
Gahunda ya PEACE ibereyeho kugarura itorero mu mwanya waryo w’ivugabutumwa ku isi yose. Kenshi iyo tugiye mu kindi gihugu cy’umuco utandukanye, dushaka guhindura imico y’itorero tuhasanze – kandi ari ryo pfundo ry’umuti w’ibibazo byaho. Iyo dufashije abanyetorero n’amahugurwa ndetse n’imyuga, buri wese ariga, ndetse imirimo izana impinduka irakomeza no mu gihe abashyitsi basubiye aho baturuka.
IGERA KU BAKOMEYE N’ABOROHEJE
Gahunda ya PEACE ihuza amatorero y’ingeli zose n’imico itandukanye kugira ngo abashe guhangana n’ibihanda byugarije isi. Mu gihe za leta, abikorera, na za ONG bifite uruhare rwabyo, ntibishobora gukangurira umubare munini w’abanyetorero mu guhindura aho baturiye. Iyo amatorero akoze rero ibyo agomba gukora-gukunda abaturanyi mu buryo bufatika-ni bwo impinduka zirambye zitangira kugaragara.
IGENDERA KU MAHAME YA YESU
Muri Matayo 10 na Luka 10, Yesu yahaye amahame y’ivugabutumwa abigishwa be. Muri yo harimo «Ntimujyane uruhago. » Ivugabutumwa ntirigomba kuba rihenze – ni ukugira abantu abigishwa kurusha gushaka ibikoreshwa. Iyo dufatanyije mu kuzamura no guhugura abandi bizera, twibanda ku buzima bwabo bw’umwuka ndetse n’ibikenerwa bifatika, ivugabutumwa ryacu ntirishobora guhungabanywa n’ingano y’uruhago rwacu.
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PEACE PLAN: LOCAL VS. GLOBAL
The local church is designed to be a family that welcomes in the community and reaches out in practical ways to meet their felt needs. The church is the only organization that cares for the whole person and their whole family, for their whole life.
When we reach out using the PEACE Plan principles through the local church, we focus on several key things:
Transformation over Transaction
How can we help meet all the needs of the hurting in our communities? Focusing on physical needs is not enough. We want to go beyond their tangible needs to their intangible needs.
Drawing People into Deeper Discipleship
Beyond giving “stuff,” PEACE Plan style outreaches focus on creating discipleship opportunities that bring people into our church family and help them take their next step towards Jesus and community.
Unleashing Ordinary Believers to Create Solutions
Often, when someone is hurting, they need care on multiple levels. Through the PEACE Plan, any member can be equipped to meet needs – all they need is a willingness to step up and reach out. As every member lives out the unique call God has placed on his or her life, the local church becomes a place where many needs are met in practical ways.
Focus on causes, not symptoms
If we want to create real, sustainable change, that means going after the tough stuff. It’s not enough to medicate the symptoms of the problems in our communities, as the church we are equipped to tackle the relationships, hurts, and systemic problems driving the challenges of those in our neighborhoods.
When working cross-culturally in missions, it can be tempting to enter a community and meet needs directly. The problem with this approach is that it side-steps the local church. Local believers are experts on their communities – and they will continue to live in that community long after cross-cultural visitors leave!
The PEACE Plan takes a different approach to working cross-culturally:
Go to serve the local church
For many Christians, we’ve thought the best we can do to serve globally is pay for missions efforts, pray, and stay out of the way. However, we believe that when Jesus commanded us to go in Acts 1:8, he actually meant go! We live in a unique time in history when it’s never been easier to serve in our neighborhood or around the globe. Every believer has something they can contribute to the body of Christ.
Bring ourselves, not “stuff”
It can be tempting to focus on giving resources, but as Jesus modeled, the greatest transformation comes from relationship. We each have much to learn from each other cross-culturally in the body of Christ.
Foster local ownership of local problems
When we shift our focus on empowering local believers with tools and training, the outputs of cross-cultural work are sustainable and reproducible. When they become the hero in their context, the local church is seen as the source of hope for that community and God gets the glory.