Mark of Mission: To respond to human need by loving service
Poverty and need are all around us and the sheer scale of the problem can be overwhelming. This Mark encourages us to live in solidarity with those in need, in line with Jesus’ example and the Biblical mandate. Often we think of need purely in economic terms. That definition ignores the fact that communities with little money can often be wealthy in terms of culture, relationships, enterprise and determination, for example. And wealthy consumerist societies can often be lacking in compassion, meaning and friendships – some of the things that make life truly valuable. These placements aim to help you to be open to God’s prompting as to whom and how you can serve. Learning to ask what communities want and listening to their answers is important, empowering people over time and becoming aware of the “glasses” through which we see the world.
Application form downloadable here .
Other individual placements, organised in partnership with a recognised organisation, may be eligible to apply for a CCCW grant – speak to the Encounter co-ordinator regarding individual circumstances.
Bessenecker, Scott A. (Ed.) Living Mission: The Vision and Voices of New Friars, IVP, 2010.
Myers, Bryant Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2011 (revised and expanded edition).
Chester, Timothy (ed.) Justice, Mercy and Humility: The Papers of the Micah Network International Consultation on Integral Mission and the Poor. Micah Network, 2001.
Tearfund International Learning Zone resources
For many more intercultural and mission-related readings and resources visit the CCCW library.