https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/issue/feed Christian Relief, Development, and Advocacy: The Journal of the Accord Network 2019-07-26T08:39:00-07:00 Roland Hoksbergen CRDA@accordnetwork.org Open Journal Systems <p><img src="/public/site/images/rhoksbergen/Logo_CRDA_14kb1.png"></p> <p>The CRDA journal facilitates a lively, rigorous, cutting edge debate on&nbsp;Christ-Centered Solutions to Poverty that Result in Human Flourishing.</p> https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/397 Editors’ Introduction to Christian Relief, Development, and Advocacy: The Journal of the Accord Network 2019-07-26T08:38:54-07:00 Roland Hoksbergen hoksro@calvin.edu Stephen Offutt stephen.offutt@asburyseminary.edu 2019-07-23T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Christian Relief, Development, and Advocacy: The Journal of the Accord Network https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/189 Christian Ideas of Development 2019-07-26T08:38:54-07:00 Stephen Offutt stephen.offutt@asburyseminary.edu Amy Reynolds amy.reynolds@wheaton.edu <p>We examine the ways that Accord organizations examine their identities and engage as Christian development actors. Based on a survey of leaders in forty-four Accord organizations and interviews with leaders in twenty-one, we find that leaders claim the faith identities of their organizations as central. At a theoretical level, most organizations generally rely on evangelical thought and practice in thinking about poverty and development, even as they also consult mainstream understandings of development. There are still some questions and tensions surrounding transformational development that confront many of these organizations in practice. At the network level, we find that church partnerships are the most central partnerships for many organizations, and we propose a typology for how such partnerships are employed, arguing that simply noting the shared vision of church partnerships might ignore important differences among strategies. Finally, we argue that at the organizational level, more attention should be paid to power dynamics and training, because a focus on external programming often may not reflect internal decisions within an organization.</p> 2019-07-18T04:42:36-07:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Christian Relief, Development, and Advocacy: The Journal of the Accord Network https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/395 For a Government that Works 2019-07-26T08:38:55-07:00 Carlos Hernandez carlos_her69@yahoo.com Roland Hoksbergen hoksro@calvin.edu Katerina Parsons katerinaparsons@gmail.com Kurt Ver Beek kverbeek@gmail.com <p>The Asociación para una Sociedad más Justa (ASJ) is a Christian, Honduran NGO that fights corruption and works to ensure that the Honduran government functions well for the benefit and well-being of all Hondurans, especially the marginalized and vulnerable.&nbsp; The paper begins by explaining ASJ’s theory of change and how it applies pressure and provides support to the government in bringing about more just outcomes for the general population of Honduras.&nbsp; The paper proceeds to a case study of ASJ’s work in public education and explains how, over the last decade, ASJ has been instrumental in bringing about transformational improvements in hiring practices, number of class days, and overall institutional integrity in the Ministry of Education. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> 2019-07-17T06:48:06-07:00 Copyright (c) https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/207 Faith Integration and Christian Witness in Relief and Development 2019-07-26T08:38:56-07:00 Ray Norman Ray_Norman@wvi.org Odoi Odotei Odoi_Odotei@wvi.org <p>This paper examines practical opportunities to strengthen faith integration within relief and development field teams through intentional development of a shared understanding of Christian witness, leveraging Christian identity (through the development of messaging statements), recognizing “sacramental moments,” engaging faith leaders and understanding unique opportunities that exist when working with mixed faith teams. Field teams often struggle to effectively and consistently integrate their Christian faith in their technical programs. Many are comprised of staff who have professional training and/or technical backgrounds, but little theological training or experience with how their Christian faith can practically inform the way their field programs are implemented. Field teams may also be comprised of individuals with diverse denominational backgrounds and Christian faith traditions, and some team members may even be of another faith, which can present challenges in developing a team-owned approach to Christian witness. Moreover, field teams may work among mixed-faith, or other-faith communities, which can present unique challenges for how Christian faith is appropriately integrated in the relief or development milieu. In addition to examining the aforementioned opportunities, this paper suggests best practices, along with practical considerations and steps to develop applicable methods, especially for restricted contexts. While these suggested practices have been developed in the context of World Vision’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs, the methods presented should be easily adaptable for field activities in other development sectors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2019-07-17T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/193 Together 2019-07-26T08:38:58-07:00 Peter Greer President@Hopeinternational.org <p>Against a backdrop of division in our world today, followers of Christ are invited to engage in relief, development, and advocacy efforts <em>together</em>. There is a new movement of organizations and leaders abandoning an individualistic approach for a collaborative one, and this kind of cross-sector teamwork is radically changing the landscape of international development. From Christ’s prayer for our unity to His exhortation for us to seek first the Kingdom of God, we are invited to participate in a mission greater than anything we could ever accomplish on our own.</p> 2019-07-17T06:19:21-07:00 Copyright (c) https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/215 Rebecca Samuel Shah and Joel Carpenter, Eds. Christianity in India: Conversion, Community Development and Religious Freedom. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2018. 2019-07-26T08:38:58-07:00 Manohar James manoharjames@gmail.com <p>Review of&nbsp;<strong>Christianity in India:&nbsp;</strong><strong>Conversion, Community Development and Religious Freedom.&nbsp;</strong>Rebecca Samuel Shah and Joel Carpenter, eds. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2018</p> 2019-07-17T04:31:48-07:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Christian Relief, Development, and Advocacy: The Journal of the Accord Network https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/205 Bryant L. Myers. Engaging Globalization: The Poor, Christian Mission, And Our Hyperconnected World. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017. 2019-07-26T08:38:59-07:00 Dan Williams dwilliams@hopeinternational.org <p>A review of Myers, Bryant L. <em>Engaging Globalization: The Poor, Christian Mission, And Our Hyperconnected World.</em> Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017.</p> 2019-07-17T04:33:55-07:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Christian Relief, Development, and Advocacy: The Journal of the Accord Network https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/213 Heather D. Curtis. Holy Humanitarians: American Evangelicals and Global Aid. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018. 2019-07-26T08:38:59-07:00 Rebekah Clapp rebekah.clapp@asburyseminary.edu <p>Review of Heather D. Curtis, <em>Holy Humanitarians: American Evangelicals and Global Aid</em>. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018.</p> 2019-07-17T04:24:30-07:00 Copyright (c) https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/217 Peter Greer and Chris Horst, with Jill Heisey,. Rooting for Rivals: How Collaboration and Generosity Increase the Impact of Leaders, Charities, and Churches. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 2018. 2019-07-26T08:39:00-07:00 Tracy Kuperus tlk5@calvin.edu <p>Review of Peter Greer and Chris Horst with Jill Heisey. <em>Rooting for Rivals: How Collaboration and Generosity Increase the Impact of Leaders, Charities, and Churches</em>. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 2018.</p> 2019-07-17T04:53:17-07:00 Copyright (c) https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/199 Kent Annan. You Welcomed Me: Loving Refugees and Immigrants Because God First Loved Us. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2018. 2019-07-26T08:39:00-07:00 Babatunde Enoch Oladimeji tunde.oladimeji@asburyseminary.edu <p>Review of Kent Annan.&nbsp;<em>You Welcomed Me: Loving Refugees and Immigrants Because God First Loved Us</em>. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2018.</p> 2019-07-17T05:09:24-07:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Christian Relief, Development, and Advocacy: The Journal of the Accord Network