Global CHE Network
My work space (pictured to the right) at our temporary home in Sharonville, OH is working quite well for my needs. We’ve been gifted with living in the one bedroom, full bath basement home of our good friend Judy Kirkpatrick. On any given day I’ll be Skyping, or using RingCentral, to chat with ministry partners or work on their computers, around the world. While at the same time Judy is chatting with other missionaries around the world upstairs! Judy is a missionary serving with Athletes in Action. Her home has great bandwidth for both of our needs!
We have had several ongoing projects with the Global CHE Network underway. One project that will enhance network members doing Community Health Evangelism around the world is the “Member Web Site Page” project. This project enables members of the Network to have their own DIY (do it yourself) website. Many individuals and ministries around the world don’t have the staff or funds to have their own web site. This tool makes it possible for CHE workers around the world to communicate about the needs and results of their ministry work.
The Global CHE Network’s lessons flash drive has over 18,000 Bible and health lessons on it! The documents are currently held in a topical folder name format. We’ve begun the task of creating an index system to contain these documents. It’s purpose is to make it easier to find documents for a particular use and to eliminate duplication of the same document multiple times through the flash drive. Additionally, the standardization of naming formats, capitalization, etc., is part of the process. This is a long term project that will take considerable time to complete as it requires several steps, and a small team working together to make it come to fruition. The end result will be a tool that can be easily accessed in the field via laptops, smart phones and tablets!
And, another very important project is the Neighborhoods Survey Database project for a sister ministry of the Global CHE Network. The Collaborative of Neighborhood Transformation (long name award winner! <grin>) is the urban U.S. version of CHE. We call them CNT for short. CNT trains churches, ministry teams and organizations on how to use CHE in the context of urban United States. The Database I’m working on is a web-based database that will be able to be accessed from mobile devices. This database consists of a series of “survey” questions that are asked during door-to-door visits at the very beginning of a U.S. urban CHE work. Often times when we reach out to a community we come with our own conceptions of what their needs are and what their problems are. As a result of the data collected from the survey an urban CHE ministry will be able to identify how a community perceives themselves and what needs and concerns are within the community . This information can then be used to implement a focused project that benefits the community, and lays the groundwork for true one-on-one ministry and Gospel sharing opportunities.
House Hunting – as of today’s date we have not yet found purchased a house. It seems to us to be a sellers real estate market! Houses are selling pretty fast, and prices are holding firm. As a result, negotiating a final price is tough! We have made two different house offers to date which were turned down. But, not to be daunted, we continue to shop. The Lord has something for us and it’ll become available to us in His time!
One of our goals is to incorporate urban CHE in whatever neighborhood we end up purchasing a house as our local ministry tool. And to connect to other local ministries in reaching out to others from our “Jerusalem”. Until we get “feet on the ground” with a house some pieces of this are in waiting mode!
In our recent research of Cincinnati we learned that the poverty rate, according to the Ohio Development Agency’s Ohio Poverty Report in 2015, is an astounding 30.9%. That puts Cincinnati among the top 15 poorest city’s in the country with a population of 250,000 or more! Letting that statistic sink in – that means that nearly 1 in 3 of the population is considered poor. I remember Roger Howell, the president of City Gospel Mission, sharing with us “when I began working here there were 10 communities considered poor, in Cincinnati, and 90 not. Today that has changed to where there are 90 poor communities and 10 that are not” – my paraphrase.
Jesus words, for Luke 4, when He read the Scriptures resonate with our passions and our ministry with CHE – “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed meto proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
An Update On Matt – The docs continue to work with Matt to find a protocol that will address the Lyme Diseases. Matt has good days and bad days. Matt and Elizabeth continue to ask for ongoing prayer for their entire family. Elizabeth had her thyroid removed some months ago and today she continues to struggle with finding a medication standard to address this. Please view their web site, A Family Stuck Together Like PB&J, at www.mattsfund.net for ongoing details of their needs.
#11 – our son, Justin, and his sweet wife stopped by The Oasis one morning. I thought to say “hi” so I met them in the driveway! With sneeky smiles on their faces Justin handed photos (shown to the right) to me out the car window. It took me a moment to catch on – but then “wooh0o” ! Their fourth, our 11th grandchild, is due on February of 2017! We’re awfully excited with them. They currently have two sweet daughters and and a son, Emerson! I suspect Emerson has put his order in for a brother. Pray with us for them as they prepare for this new addition to their family.
Serving With You Because of Him,
Jim and Phyllis Null
About Us: Jim and Phyllis are faith-based independent missionaries commissioned by Faith Bible Church, Cincinnati, Ohio serving with the Global Community Health Evangelism Network. Donations to their ministry may be made through Alliance for Transformational Ministry, 727 E Bethany Home Rd, Ste D-122, Phoenix, AZ 85014 or online by visiting https://atm.givingfuel.com/gcn. Please include a note with your donation indicating your desire to direct it to Jim and Phyllis Null’s Ministry Area.
Contact Us: Our contact information is: Jim and Phyllis Null, PO Box 62379, Cincinnati, OH, 45241 – Telephone: 502-235-7005