We are in support of an international Christian education institution that, through years of research and field testing, have developed a unique training process that works in any culture, and that can function even if resources are limited and without the need to go away to Bible training institutes.
Three main elements make the philosophy and practice of the college:
- It all happens in the local church
- The whole person is developed
- The Bible and the practical world are brought together
These principals directly impact and strengthen the local Church by equipping people in a manner that builds on the work and ministry that is already in place. Most other forms of training require students to be taken out of their home environment at great expense, leaving gaps in their home Church.
Students are encouraged through the use of Interpretation Keys to understand the Bible for themselves and how it impacts their lives. This college is non-denominational and so does not supply a doctrinal framework to which students must subscribe. Instead, by using these keys, students grasp the truths contained in the Scriptures for themselves and learn how to apply them. The college material teaches you how to think, not what to think.
Through the various processes, the college promotes self-theologising (the doing of theology in context) that leads believers and Churches to maturity. This will be reflected in their lives and in their transforming influence on other individuals and families in the Church and on society at large, according to biblical principles. It is this uniqueness that makes the training very flexible and easily adaptable to any church situation.
The members of Open Hands have been first hand beneficiaries of the very education projects that they now seek to support.
Rural Western Australia
Rural Western Australia has been well reported for the significant social issues and resulting suicide statistics among the youth in that region. Some stats citing the region as having the highest suicide rate in the world for youth aged 15-25 years of age. The recent suicide statistics for the region are terrifying; they gravely understate the social disaster’s true scale. Violence, alcohol, drug-taking and self-harm all form part of a pattern of behaviour among the young indigenous population in the wide belt of country that runs from Broome along the highway to Wyndham in the north. When aspects of this picture are reported it can seem that a whole society is going under.
We support a team of aviators that are committed to seeing Gods Kingdom grow in remote Western Australia, operating primarily in the western Kimberley area for over 20 years.
There is a growing number of people in remote areas that have no opportunity to be part of a congregation. There has been a progressive withdrawal of Christian outreach in these areas over the last twenty five years so there are many people who have not heard the message of Jesus. These team of aviation enthusiasts use small airplanes to reduce the tyranny of distance to allow face to face discipleship. Where it can take 6 hours to drive into some of these communities from the closest town, the team can fly there in 45 minutes. This means that they can encourage, support, evangelize and disciple people in remote communities.
We believe that only the Gospel has the power to transform lives and that for His glory the region will be served through the selfless work done by this team of Kingdom aviators.