Global Family Conversations – 2014

by BeckyD on August 6, 2013

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THE PRESENT

We live in a broken world filled with broken families and broken hearts. Families come in all shapes and forms today and, regardless of the definition of the term ‘family’ that may be used, people living in households in every nation are being challenged on many fronts. The reformation of nations and communities is enabled through the transformation of these families and their children. 

2014 is the 20th anniversary of the UN International Year of the Family and provides a timely excuse for a renewed focus and coordinated approach to providing some urgently needed solutions. Within the Christian community, many agencies, denominations, and individual churches are investing time, resources and finances into disconnected responses to this issue.
What might be possible if we worked together towards a more coordinated and holistic approach?
What does God require of us for the families of our own nation?

THE PROPOSAL

A 1-2 day gathering of influential people from the Christian communities in each continent to begin a conversation and a journey together. Leaving programs and resources at the door, let’s speak from passion, experience and expertise and explore long term, practical possibilities. How can we partner with, utilise and serve current initiatives from Government and community agencies that are striving to serve families? How can we labour side by side, as in Nehemiah’s day, to achieve something that is only possible by working together?

THE POINT IN TIME

Wednesday and/or Thursday May 14th & 15th, 2014

The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 47/237 of 20 September 1993, proclaimed that 15 May of every year shall be observed as the International Day of Families.

THE POTENTIAL

It is hoped that those attending will:

  • have a strong understanding of the urgency and priority of the need for widespread change within current ministry paradigms
  • include people who would not normally get involved in matters concerning ministry with families e.g. policy makers, government representatives, etc
  • come away with a commitment to partnering for future change
  • commit to ongoing action in the spheres of: politics, economics, religious and societal
  • be clear about the ongoing process
  • commit to DO one tangible thing towards change
  • contribute to a virtual community for the sharing of stories, ideas and social networking

THE PROGRESS

Planning Teams in Australia and the UK have started working together on plans for simultaneous events on next year’s International Day of Families. Expressions of interest have also been received from Africa and South Asia. If you are interested in finding out what s planned or initiating a conversation your area, CLICK HERE to register your interest.

The journey for families continues…

Christopher D. Maphosa August 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Hey!!! This journey is of paramount importance in our ministry to the childen and families. Please let us go ahead with this type of thinking and planing

May the Lord God bless our planning teams both in the UK and Australia

Joel Kerimu August 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I believe its a good initiative, because a positive family upbring will most likely lead to positive choices, behaviors and life of the children.

A'Ampaire Zephania David August 29, 2013 at 10:28 am

This is the actual way to go. Ps 8:2, in the mouth of children and infants…. Therefore, education of families, food security, health, … Beyond all, Spiritual Help.

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