By Sr Appollonia Gumpu FSIC
“Sustaining SCCs/BECs and Deepening of Experience of Mission”
Oct 7 – 12 Oct 2013, Camillian Pastoral Care Center in Lat Krabang, Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand: The day started with another method of Gospel Sharing called THE BIBLE-MIRROR-METHOD (Group Response). The aim of this method is to help us look beyond our immediate needs and interest.
There are five steps in this BIBLE-MIRROR-METHOD:
1. We listen carefully to God’s Word
2. We see our own life reflected in the text
3. We look at our life-situation with the eyes of God
4. We share on “God’s point of view”
5. We plan in the “Kingdom Way”
In the second session today the fasilitators introduced and led us to practice a “PROBLEM SOLVING SCHEME”. This session helped us to avoid “planning failure” in the process of making a concrete plan for action and implementing the plan. It was also explained to us why “our action plans” often fail. This scheme can be useful for any group.
SIX STEPS TO PRACTICE “THE PROBLEM SOLVING SCHEME”
1. Understand the problem or situation better
From a problem to a conrete objective for action
2. Suggest many solutions
3. Discuss a few solutions
4. Decide on ONE solution
5. Appoint! Plan how to implement. WHO does WHAT/WHEN/WHERE?
6. Check again later and report
Another new method introduced to us in the afternoon was in a form of a role play on how to organise 'The Amos Programs' for Small Christian Communities. It was conducted on the stage for the participants to observe and comment.
AIM OF AMOS PROGRAM
Amos Programs help Christians to discover their prophetic task in the world of today and within the church community itself.
Amos was a prophet of Isreal. He was one of those people who herded the cattle and ploughed the field. Inspired by God’s Spirit he stood up against the king and the priests of his time. He told them that God wants laws which are just and religious services which come from pure hearts.
In the same way, Amos Programs aim to waking up Christian communities and helping them to do something about the problem which are tormenting them. The programs offer a way of facing social or economic problems, analyzing them in the light of the Gospel and doing something about it.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN AMOS PROGRAMS
1. Look at life
2. Ask question why?
3. We listen to God
4. Search for root causes
5. Plan with firmness and love
The sessions for the day ended with the Eucharistic Celebration, prepared and taken care by the participants from India, Myanmar and Sri Lanka followed by the introduction of the AsIPA texts and guidelines for the exposure progam.