Churches Channels of Hope Express Training - 16-21 August 2015

 This was an unique training where a group of previously trained participants in the Fleiszer Legacy project had the opportunity to deepennand improve their skills and knowledge and be trained in the newly updated manual.

Read the report of a training team member and a participant as well as a training team member's reflection on one participant's growth.

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An Express Impression- from a training team member. 11/09/2015

Written by Minenhle Moyo

August 2015

As with everyone in the team, the Churches, Channels of Hope Express Follow-up Facilitator Training was new to me. First I wondered what would be included and what excluded, because the trainings are usually fully loaded packed with life changing stuff. I was also full of expectation about the participants who would be there, and a different mix of trainers. In all trainings I have been to, I have always enjoyed the training team complement as it combines people with different styles of facilitating, and personalities. These have contributed to enriching the trainings in many many ways such that to date, I have learnt new things and have always emerged a better trainer at the end. So I always appreciate the work and effort that goes into training team selection. I was really blessed to be with Janine, Efraim, Nonceba, Mpho, Aneleh and led by Anna. 

The new training manual is improved and more user friendly, topics are well sequenced and therefore competence is knitted in more naturally. While it’s still a work in progress, I appreciate the outcome we already have with us. The size too is amazing, and the resource toolkit too! 

Meeting new participants is always of particular interest to me, and while almost all of them had been previously trained, I met them for the first time. I was greatly encouraged by the excitement they had, and the fact that they really did not treat this as a second time in training. They ‘drank up’ sessions as if it was for the first time. Many of them shared how they too appreciated this second round of training as it felt there was a lot they had to grasp and digest the first time. But now they could let it sink in. I heard of practical work that many of them were already involved in after their first training. I saw in a different way how true it is that ‘with whatever we have’, when we take it to God, and give it to Him to use, He is faithful and the outcome is always mind blowing. 

The training was attended by 30 participants who were all from Gauteng province in South Africa. The majority of the participants (27) were trained in 2014 and 2015 and this offered them a fresh change to improve their understanding of the programme. 

Here was a group of people excited and ready to go and work for the kingdom of God. This was a very special experience that I learnt from and thoroughly enjoyed; one that clearly reminds us of the needs that exist and that the journey is still long therefore every hand, foot and heart will make a huge difference wherever the Lord plants it. 

The ‘Express Training’ was really  express. Before we knew it, the week was over, and it was time to go back home. We all returned home having been challenged in new and different ways, and sharpened too! It was an awesome time.


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A Participant`s Perspective. 15/09/2015

Written by Prudence Bhebhe

August 2015

The Churches Channels of Hope express training was an epic and new phenomenon to me. The whole experience was more of a learning board for me and my other fellow participants. I learned a cocktail of new things about HIV and related issues which helped me in understanding and appreciation of the HIV infected world we now live in. Our trainers were very energetic and viable and made sure that we had a grasp of everything they were dishing out. They were very time cautious, understanding and made sure that no stone was left unturned. 

We engaged in activities such as the “HIV and the immune system”. The whole objective of this activity was for us to learn and understand the relationship between the body, the immune system and the HI Virus. The other important thing I really enjoyed about the whole training is the fact that I got to meet new faces with different perspectives coming from different organizations who were as much hungry, determined and eager to learn as I was. We were given the opportunities to interact with other participants through the facilitation training session which greatly helped me in boosting my self-confidence. 

The whole training was truly a game changer as it challenged our attitudes towards HIV and AIDS and how we can best become effective and reliable channels of Hope in a world with HIV and AIDS. 

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A Facilitator's Change of Attitude

 Written by Nonceba Ravuku, training team member.

I have been to the CCoH trainings many times and had contact with many potential facilitators from different backgrounds and yes different denominations. A lot of them are skeptical or rather staunch in their beliefs.

I met one facilitator who is a pastor and a respected community leader in one of the trainings, who was quiet rigid in his opinions and understandings of sexual behaviors, he never wanted to admit that there are Christians who have certain interests when it comes to sexual activities and he never even believed that Christians discussed anything related to sex. I was also not surprised when he didn’t want to participate in any activities or discussions on sex or sexual behaviors.

I was always worried about how will he be able to facilitate workshops in his church or community especially because he was keen to go back to his community and start running workshops.

I thanked God when he was interested to attend the CCoH Express training. I was eagerly and impatiently waiting to see if there was any change of attitude from the previous training. During some of the activities I started noticing that there was a big change. I noticed how he challenged specifically members of another church who were from his community, I noticed how he was participating more in group discussions and how asked more questions. Not only was he participating in small groups but he was also making valid input during big group discussions and asking relevant questions. 

When I had an opportunity to speak to him one on one he shared that his spirit was challenged when he got home and he had to have a change in his attitude. He said he needed more exposure and that he is going to be more involved. 

My spirit is happy.

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