On March 15-17, 2012 Christ Our Savior Anglican Church organized a Neighborhood Transformation (NT) Training of Local Trainers in conjunction with Anglican Health Ministries (AHM) in Torrance, CA. Stan Rowland, founder of the Global Community Health Evangelism (CHE) movement, ran the training along with Garold Elston of Salvaged Lives Ministries from Bakersfield, CA.
This training represented two firsts: The first of its type in the Greater Los Angeles area and the first time it was held in an ACNA parish, anywhere. Historically, Anglicans have been involved in the Global CHE movement through the Church of Uganda. Several years ago, CHE was adapted for North American urban contexts and NT was born. As Anglicans have led the way internationally, COS is also leading the way through introducing NT to America’s largest metropolitan area.
Sixteen people from the Los Angeles South Bay area were trained on how a local parish can reach their community with the transforming love of the Jesus Christ. Participants were taught how to lead the urban poor from relief, to betterment, and then finally development. This is accomplished through focusing on the assets that already exist in the community rather than deficits. The result is empowerment of people as they are led out of cyclical poverty. Dependency on outside aid is also reduced as people learn they are made in God’s Image, called to have dominion over the earth.
Christ Our Savior Anglican Church is hopeful that it will be able to use NT to reach the Old Torrance community and has already begun to employ the NT techniques in the neighborhood that is within walking distance of the parish building.
COS partnered with AHM to make this training available. AHM is becoming an affiliate with the Collaborative for Neighborhood Transformation to bring NT training to Anglican parishes throughout North America. If you are interested in hosting a training, please contact Dr. Val Finnell at email@example.com.
AHM is a diocesan ministry of the Missionary Diocese of All Saints (MDAS) under the oversight of The Rt. Rev. William H. Ilgenfritz. The MDAS upholds the Evangelical Faith and Catholic Order which is the inheritance of the Anglican Way.
Christ Our Savior Anglican Church, in conjunction with Anglican Health Ministries and the Torrance Outreach for Unified Community Health (TOUCH) Coalition, demonstrated Medical Mission Adventures’ (MMA) mobile medical clinic for Torrance Memorial Medical Center (TMMC) on Friday, November 11, 2011. In attendance were representatives from the community, including the Salvation Army, Torrance Corps.
Mr. Louie Rosado, President of MMA and Dr. Finnell, Executive Director of Anglican Health Ministries and founder of TOUCH, made a presentation to the executive staff of TMMC followed by a clinic walkthrough. All of the clinic’s capabilities were on display (i.e. medical, dental, and optical). The presentation focused on the need for primary medical care services among the area’s uninsured and underinsured population and how community organizations can network together to enhance continuity of care and reduce uncompensated emergency department visits.
During the free clinic visits, the Christian staff witnesses to patients and shares the gospel. AHM and MMA both believe that we can best minister to people through words and loving actions. The clinic is also a unique way to bring community assets together to address long-term needs in Torrance.
TOUCH and MMA will work with TMMC and other community organizations in the coming weeks to establish a corps of volunteers to host the free clinic on a regular basis in Torrance. If you would like to be part of this effort, please join the Coalition.
The brief video below will give you the highlights of the clinic’s capabilities: