|Organization Name:||Latin America Mission Canada|
|Project Title:||Faith and Displacement Project (Medellin, Colombia)|
|Purpose of Investment:||To develop content and training to assist 60 churches assist over 1,000 internally displaced people recover from the trauma of Colombia’s civil war.|
Our goal is to implement the Faith and Displacement (F&D) project, an innovative initiative of the Biblical Seminary of Colombia, in partnership with Latin America Mission (Canada). This project will impact 60 Colombian communities throughout the country and mobilize the national Church to foster the holistic recovery of victims of forced displacement.
For decades, Colombia been riven by internal war between guerrillas, cartels, paramilitary and government forces; as a result, 15% of the country, 7,400,000 people, have been driven from their homes and suffer poverty, psychological trauma, and spiritual desolation. The F&D project applies cutting-edge research to help the victims recover in a holistic way. For three years, 25 theologians and social scientists—working in six teams focused on missions, economics, psychology, pedagogy, sociology, and politics—have studied how to help people recover from displacement. Based on rigorous research, we created 19 curricula, for three different audiences: 1) church leaders, 2) Christian professionals, and 3) internally displaced persons (IDPs). The curricula were piloted in the several communities and painstakingly evaluated, so that they can be revised and implemented on a large scale.
Our secret weapon is: the Christian church. Our strategy is to mobilize the professionals of the church of Colombia—business people, teachers, lawyers, therapists, etc.—to help IDPs recover spiritual wholeness, social and psychological health, and financial independence, all as part of the holistic mission of the Church.
The present proposal is focused precisely on mobilizing the Church on a large scale, through the F&D project. Our approach has three phases: Activation, Implementation, and Documentation.
The Activation phase (01–11/2020) consists of:
- Revising the F&D curricula, based on our beta test.
- Creating an innovative F&D “diploma course” to facilitate the implementation of the project on a large scale.
- Holding a two-day conference to promote the F&D diploma (05/20)
The Implementation phase (12/20–07/22) consists of:
- Implementing the F&D diploma six urban hubs (Medellín, Bogotá, Cartagena, Villavicencio, Cali, Sincelejo).
- Training 1,080 non-IDPs from 60 churches with the F&D curricula designed for Christian leaders and professionals.
- The launch of local church ministries to IDPs in their communities, using the F&D curricula designed for IDPs. (Conservatively, between 2021–22, 1,440 IDPs will benefit directly from these ministries. F&D ministries will continue in the years after the diplomas.)
The Documentation phase(01/20–12/22) will document and disseminate the project with various publications and reports.
The beneficiaries of the project are 1) 1,440 Colombian IDPs, 2) 1,080 Colombian Christians in 60 churches, 3) academics and missionaries abroad who can adopt our method.
The total project is 1,160,018 USD (ca. 1,551,621 CAD); we are requesting 120,000 CAD from Stronger Together for 2020.
- 150 people will attend the two-day F&D promotional conference by June 2020.
- The team will design and create the F&D diploma course, including all pedagogical content, audiovisual support (est. 12 videos), and learning aids (including a participant manual) (by 12/2020).
2022 Total Project Outcomes
- 60 churches (360 Christians) participate in the F&D diploma (2021–2022), creating F&D ministries in their congregations, with the result that a total of 1,080 Christians from those churches will be trained with the F&D curricula for Christian professionals. Those professionals will then launch F&D ministries with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), starting with the F&D curricula for IDPs.
- 1,440 IDPs will participate in F&D curricula created for IDPs (2021–2022).
- Three books and six research reports will be written (2020–2022)
An English-language book
A Spanish-language edited volume
A Spanish-language artistic testimonial volume
Six research reports
*Content provided by Latin America Mission Canada