One in five people in the world today do not have access to basic services such as health care, safe drinking water, education and adequate nutrition.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.” Isaiah 61:1
At International Teams we long to see lives and communities transformed by the power of God. We want to be there before and long after the big campaign rolls through town. We want to build deep and long-term to bring transformation to disadvantaged communities not just now, but for eternity.
International Teams often works in partnership with other local organisations in effecting sustainable community development. In our community development work we are committed to the Millennium Development Goals.
Community development for the economically disadvantaged can include…
- building and/or running local schools
- health education
- improving sanitation
- providing access to safe drinking water
- programs for at-risk children
- planting churches and
- teaching English
Planting churches is important because the development of vital, indigenous, effective communities of faith will transform the local community.
Breaking the cycle…
The proportion of children in economically disadvantaged communities is often very high.
We want to help break the cycle of poverty and despair for the next generation and so many of our programs are for children. Impacting a child’s life can impact his or her family, and ultimately the wider community.
International Teams Australia is particularly committed to transforming disadvantaged communities in our closest neighbouring continent, Asia. We currently are seeking to partner with two programs in Cambodia.
Project Blessing, Siem Reap
There is a village in rural Cambodia where a team of Filipino Missionaries has a vision to see the lives of Khmer children and their families changed.
Most of the children are undernourished and prone to getting wounds and infections. Hygiene and sanitation is poor. They have no electricity and no toilets. Their clothes are few and many children wander the streets barefoot.
The missionary team desires to safeguard the welfare of the children and their families and bring transformation to the village by the power of God.
Heart of Hope, Phnom Penh
Heart of Hope is a school for Vietnamese refugee children in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The children who attend the Centre face many dangers and difficulties in their everyday life. Some of the risks they face include…violence, abuse, malnutrition, poor health and people traffickers.
At the school the children receive lessons in maths, Khmer, Vietnamese, Bible and health and safety.
Click here to read a story from Heart of Hope.
International Teams desires to see Australian churches engaging in long-term partnership with Project Blessing and Heart of Hope. To explore opportunities for partnership, download the file below: