Micah Network Update, January & February 2010

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Letter to Members

Rev Dino Touthang (July 2009)

Dear friends,

I trust each one of you has had a blessed first month in 2010. For me, it was a time of change. I moved on from EFICOR my place of ministry for the last nineteen years to Habitat for Humanity India. I covet your prayers for wisdom in my new responsibility.

The Micah Network Board met in New Delhi during January 18 to 20, 2010. It was a meaningful time of planning for the future even as we looked back with gratitude for God’s goodness to us as a Network over the past decade. Our thanks and appreciation to Mr. Steve Bradbury, Dr. Tesfaye Yacob and Rev. Patson Natha for their contributions as they complete their tenures of service in the Board.

As you all are aware, we have been involved in a process of recruiting a new International Director since the second half of 2009. At its meeting in January in Delhi, the Micah Network Board has appointed Sheryl Haw as the new International Director of Micah Network. Sheryl will take up the post on the first of April 2010. She succeeds Jane Furniss who left us last year officially.Jane continues to serve the Network in many ways as a volunteer after giving us five years of excellentleadership in the Network and we are very grateful to her.

Let us pray for Sheryl and the staff of the Micah Network, Sundar Daniel in Asia, John Wesley Kabango in Africa, Ruth Alvarado in Latin America, Greg Manning in Australia, David Westlake and Jenny Flannagan in the UK as they devote their time and energy serving God in and through the Micah Network.

Thank you for your prayers of support.

May I remind you of your financial contributions to the Network for the year.

May God bless you.

Dino L Touthang

Chair Micah Network

Introducing Micah Network’s New International Director

The Micah Network Executive is pleased to announce the appointment of Sheryl Haw as the new International Director of Micah Network. Sheryl will take up the post on the first of April 2010 and succeeds Jane Furniss who left in 2009 after 5 years in the post.


Sheryl was born in Zimbabwe and trained as a nurse in South Africa. She worked with Medair (A Christian Crisis Relief agency, based in Switzerland) and has worked in Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Uganda, DRC, Zimbabwe, India, Bangladesh and Angola. Following 13 years with Medair she became a self employed Consultant/ Trainer and worked on a BA in theology. Over the last 2 years she started as the Integral Mission coordinator / lecturer at All Nations Christian College in England, where she helped develop the module in development studies and development management. Along with this Sheryl has for the past 5 years worked for the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) International, which is a membership organisation currently with a membership of 40 agencies. Sheryl has been responsible to facilitate members developing and monitoring accountability standards in the aid sector.


Sheryl has family living in Zimbabwe and will be based in the United Kingdom at the outset.

Sheryl says “I am desperate to walk a life of integrity and vitality before God and people – this is for me when change will flow …..”

We look forward to Sheryl joining Micah Network. Let’s pray for her in the coming months as she works through and lays down her current responsibilities and as she takes up the new challenges in Micah Network.

Micah Network Event: Training of trainers workshop in Project Proposal Writing, April 24 – 28, 2010, Kathmandu, Nepal

Micah Network is organising a ‘Training of Trainers for Project Proposal Writing’ for the Asia-Pacific region during April 24 – 28, 2010 at Kathmandu, Nepal. This is not a project proposal writing workshop.

Micah Network Event : Workshop on Governance, April 24 – 28, 2010, Kathmandu, Nepal

Micah Network is also organising a ‘Workshop on Governance’ for the Asia-Pacific region during April 24 – 28, 2010 at Kathmandu, Nepal. The Workshop is for members of governing bodies/ councils/ boards of Christian agencies in the region, with their CEOs.

Please mark these dates in your diaries and recommend the events to those whom you consider could benefit from them.

Complete information and registration details about these events will be available at www.micahnetwork.org and www.micahevents.org from March 1, 2010.

Micah Network Event : Stewardship in Integral Mission, September 27 – October 1, 2010, Thailand

Micah Network is planning a 5-day consultation during September 27 – October 1, 2010 for the Asia- Pacific region on the theme ‘Stewardship in Integral Mission’. Currently, the team is planning the details of this event. Your ideas and suggestions are welcome. Please mark these dates in your diaries and await details.

Events of associating agencies

Webinar on ‘Haiti: Helping Without Hurting’, February 17, 24 and March 1, 2010. 1300 – 1400hrs EST of USA

The webinars are intended to help churches, relief agencies, and individuals respond appropriately to the crisis in Haiti—helping the Haitian people to take ownership of the rebuilding process. Presenters: Steve Corbett and Dr. Brian Fikkert, authors of “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself”. The webinars are hosted by Chalmers Center for Economic Development.

Registration: There is no charge for the webinars. However, to join a live webinar session, you must register. If you cannot join a live webinar, a download link of the recorded webinar will be posted on the webinar registration page within two business days following the date of the live webinar session.

For more details visit www.chalmers.org or email [email protected]. Tel: +1 706-419-1805


Christian Community Development Conference, April 3 – 18, 2010, Mosbach, Germany

Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation

Latent and open conflicts within and between communities are a major obstacle for lasting change. They are the source of the problems many are facing in their daily lives. Where Christian mission and aid agencies get involved, their projects and programmes inevitably both impact and are impacted by the conflict dynamics of their host community. God’s mission is a mission of holistic reconciliation; a reconciliation that encompasses a person’s relationship to God, to his own self, to others and to creation. Conflicts within churches and denominations as well as the understanding of the nature of the church significantly influence whether Christian communities will be agents for divisions or reconciliation in their communities.

The CCD 2010 conference will provide a series of presentations from international speakers on conflict transformation and reconciliation theory and examples from practice, a series of theological reflections on reconciliation, and opportunities for networking, discussion, sharing and prayer.

Generally English will be used as conference language. Translation is offered in German for the plenary sessions and the Basic’s 1 track is completely in German.

Visit https://www.ccdnetwork.de/index.php/en for more details.

Annual meeting of Amahoro Africa, May 3 – 10, 2010, Mombasa, Kenya

Micah Network’s Integral Mission Initiative has recently begun working with Amahoro Africa, an African mission network working to see the Gospel of Jesus bring transformation to communities across Africa. Amahoro Africa’s annual gathering is taking place in Mombasa, Kenya, during May 3 – 10, 2010. Micah Network members are invited to participate.

The main conversation at this year’s gathering is 'Christ, Creation and Community'. More targeted conversation opportunities will be provided during the day. Click here to learn more about our conversation tracks. Participants may choose one of four field trips. Click here to learn more about the field trip options.

Accommodation: Mombasa Continental Resort . Cost: Please Contact Us for country-specific cost details. Request More Information

Resources : Micah Network’s Environment Forum

Formed originally in Latin America, Micah Network’s environment forum is being reconstituted to become global. Issues this reconstituted global forum would seek to address initially are Environment and climate change practice – adaptation, Environmental assessments, Theology of care of creation, Church action, campaigns, resources, Personal lifestyle – simple living, and Environment/ climate science. We invite you to join. Please contact Mike Wiggins at [email protected]

Awards : The Red Ribbon Award

The RRA honours grassroots groups doing great work for at least 1 year. The deadline is soon = February 28th. Visit www.redribbonaward.org for more details. The www.redribbonaward.org website is easy to negotiate and people can submit applications via online. It is really important for grassroots groups to apply. Awards are $5,000 - $25,000 for 25 selected winners. It is only for groups in developing countries and have a budget under $300,000 US. Even if the group does not have a budget over $10 US or operate only on volunteers, yet are doing great work - they are eligible.

People : Rev. Kennedy Dhanabalan

Rev. Dhanabalan has been appointed as the Executive Director of EFICOR to succeed Rev Dino L Touthang. Dino is moving on to take on the responsibility as the CEO of Habitat for Humanity India after having completed over 19 years of service in EFICOR, the last eight years of which have been in the position of Executive Director. Kennedy was inducted into office on January 22, 2010.

Kennedy has over 21 years of working experience in EFICOR. Prior to this responsibility, he served as the Director for Development Education and Capacity Building (DE&CB). As a member of the leadership team he oversaw the operations of the department he headed and also contributed to the strategic direction and overall leadership of the organisation.

Please pray for this important transition in EFICOR. Pray for Kennedy in his greater responsibility and for Dino in his new one. Please remember their families as they adjust to the changes.

Prayer points

We encourage all our members to contribute to the weekly prayer update. Please email any requests for prayer by each Thursday to Steve Bradbury at [email protected]


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