WORLD PEACE MISSION
1. FIVE LOAVES
AN ENTERPRISE TO ANSWER THE CALL OF HUNGER
Lots of people have been wandering the face of the earth sans food, clothing and housing. The most important problem in the world is the shortage of food. In this matter, we are obligated to do our utmost to help. Plenty of people around us have been struggling without proper nourishment. In the hustle and bustle of daily living, we should not ignore the magnitude of this phenomenon.
In the gospels we come across a huge crowd that descended the mountain after the Sermon there. When he noticed how emaciated they had become for lack of food, the Guru questioned them: “What have you got to feed these people with?” A little boy, answering this question, raised his five loaves of bread and handed it to Jesus. It marked the start of a great miracle. The scripture says the entire crowd, including five thousand men, ate and was satisfied.
As a synonym of love, bread should always be available on this earth. Food is the most basic requirement for the sustenance of life. As human beings, our fundamental responsibility is to ensure that all around us and everywhere else no one is allowed to starve for want of food. We do not have the resources to satisfy the world’s hunger in its totality.
However, when we contribute our share to relieve the misery of our fellowmen, like the widow’s mite, we will be fulfilling the command of the Lord: “What you do to the least of my brethren, you are doing it unto me” (Mt 25:40).
It is thanks to the generosity of thousands of men and women all around the world that WPM’s “Five Loaves” has been able to carry on in different countries. When people of goodwill come together in this enterprise, Five Loaves will be able to solve the problem of hunger to a great extent.
You may contribute what you can to WPM’s Five Loaves project. Should you feel inspired to contribute, please get in touch.
- Contribute a certain percentage of your monthly salary
- Organize charity food stalls in your area and contribute the profit accruing from such work
- Reduce celebrations of birthdays, memorial days, wedding anniversaries and similar celebrations and what is saved on such occasions can be contributed to Five Loaves
- Farmers can contribute the tithe from their harvests.
- Share in Five Loaves program by praying for its success.
However little you can spare, give it generously, and you will be rewarded (Lk 6:38)
The best way to interpret God’s mercy and love toward us is by feeding the hungry. WPM’s Five Loaves is a channel for such thanksgiving.
2. LIVING WATERS
LET US, EACH ONE, BECOME CHANNELS
OF GOD’S LOVE
Lots of people around us lead lives of frustration and loneliness, cut off from society. Others have people around them but still experience loneliness. Loneliness is the greatest sorrow in life. People need to speak, to know, to hear, to laugh, and above all, to hear a good word of cheer from others. What is the meaning of life if there is no one to love us, nothing to look forward to, no place to do things the way we want? If these things are amiss, life becomes meaningless.
“I was thirsty, you gave me to drink” (Mt 25:35) should be matter for daily meditation. To visit the houses of people who lead lonely lives in their sunset years, to talk to them face to face, to watch and to do little acts of kindness for them, is an answer to the final questions on the Last Judgment Day. It is a heavenly ministry. Among such people, very many are incapacitated by physical disabilities.
Let us make it a point to visit the residences of people living in solitude and do our bit to help them in whatever way possible, and share our lives with theirs, thus becoming channels of God’s mercy. Let us start lessons of love…
- Visit the houses of people who spend their old age in loneliness, and talk to them about subjects that interest them, and thus help them overcome the boredom of living without anyone to talk to in daily life.
- Help them do their daily purchases.
- Whenever they have appointments to meet doctors, arrange transport for them.
- As far as their health permits, help them to participate in entertainment programs and in community get-togethers.
- Provide personal care, eg, to get out of bed, showering, dressing, medication management.
- Household chores: eg, house cleaning, preparing meals, etc.
- Carer support: provide help to those you live with and/or look after for four hours or more each day.
- Arrange equipment to ensure safety at home.
- Needs assessment service coordination.
- Become a volunteer in hospitals to help patients. Assist at times of meals, and provide all help, big and little, as and when required.
- Become associated with major charity projects of a country and engage in manifold ministries.
EVERYONE WHO REQUIRES OUR INTERVENTION IN ANY MANNER ON THIS EARTH IS INDEED OUR NEIGHBOUR
We are duty-bound to work for the uplift of refugees, destitute, outcasts and the penniless poor. We should be able to identify the causes of their misery, to hold them close, to console them and to serve as guides on their path. In the Old Testament, when three strangers arrived at the outer gate of Abraham’s residence, he bowed low before them. The Bible says he offered them cordial hospitality. Abraham’s hospitality is a model lesson for us to treat strangers with respect and to offer them welcome. He arranged a banquet for them. Abraham looked on those strangers as veritable apparitions of God.
My neighbour is not a stranger. He is indeed part and parcel of my existence itself. That no one should be belittled, however humble in appearance, is the insight implied in Abraham’s story. It often happens that we are tempted to look on and receive with respect those who seem to luxuriate in lucre. We tend to worship charming, pretty people. Our respect is often reserved for those in authority. On the other hand, we tend to despise the man on the street who apparently has nothing to offer us.
It was this attitude that Jesus tried to rectify among his followers. As the ocean of love, Jesus held close to his heart tax-collectors, sinners and prostitutes, and took special care not to despise them but to reclaim them as his friends. This attitude of compassion he highlighted as one of the blessings on the Last Judgment Day. “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Whatever his social image, the one who stays close to us is an image of God, and based on this understanding, we should respect and help him/her.
Every cloud need not come down as shower. Every ache needn’t pour out as tears. What God expects of us is to identify others’ silent sorrows and enable them to face the suffering with a helping hand.
- Develop the skills of refugees; help them identify opportunities to help themselves; encourage self-help projects; show them all possible ways to start new projects in order to raise their standard of living - all this with empathy and compassion.
- Provide all guidelines and directions to promote education in the refugee communities and make all infrastructure necessary for it.
- Special attention should be devoted to the care of the elderly among the refugees and provide emergency aid to promote their good health.
- Organize motivational classes to encourage the growth of health, education, social and financial management among the refugees. The focus should be on promoting self-reliance by confronting all challenges of daily living.
- Start a national-level helpline to deal with all eventualities confronting the refugees at any time.
4. ANGELS OF MERCY
THE TRUE WAY TO LOVE GOD IS TO SERVE AND HELP THE HELPLESS HUMAN BEINGS AROUND YOU
Life is a gift from God. One must know how to see the nursing vocation as a call to serve the sick through every moment, every breath, by staying close to the Lord, and patiently ministering to them. This way, through the testimony of one’s life and patiently ministering to them, one can lead them to the light of divinity and to the experience of healing. One should not feel despondent or dispirited through the repetitive nature of one’s work; rather, look on it as a chance to display God’s compassionate nature.
People who are physically and emotionally worn-out due to chronic illnesses and feel helpless and hopeless need the care and compassionate love of Jesus shown through the committed service of the nursing personnel. This ministry can witness to transformation into total healing, filled with hope for the future and positive energy for daily living, of the patients under their care. Thus, it is possible to transform the nursing ministry into channels of divine blessings.
Nurses are the guardian angels who stay by their patients with care and compassion and provide consolation and relief and serve as life models for others. Their presence is like the deluge that engulfs a desert region after a long spell of dry weather, like the light that shines at the other end of a long, dark tunnel, and like a lungful of fresh air to someone suffocating for want of life-sustaining oxygen.
- Long-term care management plan for chronically ill, bed-ridden patients
- Provide ante-natal and post-partum care
- Cancer screening
- Counselling for tobacco & smoking cessation
- Supply medicines such as vitamins for pregnant women
- Guide to vaccinating children
- Home visits along with counselling
- Supply milk for emaciated children and mothers
- Financial support
- Pro-Life ministry
- Mobile clinic
- HIV/AIDS awareness program
- Adolescent pregnancy
- Primary & prevention services
- Physiotherapy services
- Dental care services
- Medical awareness classes for school- and college-going students
- National helpline
- Voluntary services in hospitals
HELP MAINTAIN OTHERS’ PRIVACY
On the one hand, we see rich people who make every occasion an opportunity to celebrate and luxuriate in life; on the other, plenty of people are seen without the wherewithal to purchase necessary clothing. If only we decide to set apart a tithe of our time and resources, we can find the means to help them. Most people buy new clothes and discard their old ones. As youngsters advance in years, they need to buy clothes to suit their size. As a result, they are forced to discard a lot of their stock in clothing. Some people buy new clothes in keeping with the latest trends and discard their old dresses.
Woollen clothes and blankets kept unused for a long time can be collected along with the excess left aside by well-to-do folks and given to those in need. This is an act of charity that can be easily done by anyone. We can manage to find the time to engage in this ministry in our own circumstances and neighbourhood. “I was naked, and you clothed me.” Heaven values this service as an act of charity worth rewarding with eternal life.
“I was naked. You clothed me.” This scriptural text has another level of meaning as well. It implies respect for others’ privacy. For one reason or another, everyone on this earth has had a lapse of some sort. When someone falters and falls, if everyone around tramples on him/her, that is not divine justice. God’s justice demands that we should help him rise to his feet, correct his mistakes and prepare the way for his reconciliation with God. This was the attitude Jesus displayed to the woman caught in the act of adultery.
“I too do not condemn you. Do not sin anymore.” Jesus guides the sinful woman to the shores of self-discovery and sanctity. We should not hasten to cross-examine and judge others. Instead, our effort should be directed to redeem others. Let us undertake projects aimed at others’ redemption.
- Charity clothing pickup: Provide bags to each household in every county every month to collect used and discarded clothes which can be used by the poor. Inform the houses in advance the date of the proposed collection. After collecting the clothes, sort them and hand over to local volunteers for distribution. Alternatively, send to other countries through containers or postal services.
- Clothes for charity: Collect the data of people who are willing to either provide new clothes or money for such stuff on the occasion of school opening, other celebrations, memorial days of forefathers, children’s victory days, birthdays, wedding anniversaries, etc. and remind them of their commitment to help clothe the inmates of orphanages and old age homes, boys and girls towns and rural areas.
- Back to life: For various reasons, some people get caught by law enforcement agencies and spend some time/years in custody. On their release from confinement, they need to be led back to mainstream life in society and to the light of goodness by volunteers who must engage in such efforts with purity of intention.
NO ONE HAS BEEN LEFT BEYOND THE POSSIBILITY OF REDEMPTION
Our spirituality gains depth and grandeur when we go to accompany the wounded and the wounding alike on whom God’s mercy rains down like a huge downpour excluding no one. We need to help rehabilitate people who have spent time in jails and jail-like situations for various reasons.
In moments of weakness, people commit crimes of cruelty without a forethought. Such people as also those sent to jail terms should be seen as ‘one of the little ones’ and treated with compassion. They deserve our consideration, care and compassionate treatment; let us participate in the ministry of redemption to them. If we do not forgive our brethren, what is this life for them on this earth? Who on earth hasn’t committed mistakes and sins, both big and small?
When we visit them in their cells and teach them lessons of humane treatment and compassionate words, they begin to experience redemption and conversion. Treat them and their partners, parents and children with humanitarian consideration. Help them in every way possible. God wishes that we should extend to them whatever help is available for their rehabilitation on return from prison.
Similarly, some people, through stubbornness and obstinacy, refuse to live in peace with their folks at home, and suffer loneliness like in a prison. They are lonely and suffer in silence their personal, death-like sorrows. There are others who, for the sake of the family’s fair name, hide a lot of secrets and live secret lives away from the glare of society.
It is a heavenly mission to lead such people through spiritual and psychological counselling to the realities of daily living and show them the way to lead holistic lives in the company of their dear and near ones. It is a sign of the Book of Life.
- Members of World Peace Mission should visit jails and lead the jailbirds out into the limelight of life through moral lessons provided by their ministries.
- Distribute good books that contain inspirational messages for reading during their leisure hours in the jail.
- On important festive occasions, arrange cultural events and sports for their entertainment and to relieve the tension in their souls. On such days, arrange for special meals for them and sit with them to share in it.
- Distribute clothes and sanitary stuff for daily use.
- As far as possible, help with the expenses for daily living and educational needs of those in jails, their partners and children.
- Explore all avenues to help find gainful employment for those returning from jail on completion of their sentences. This will enable them to lead righteous lives in the future.
- It should be possible to train jail-returnees to resume peaceful living in society through World Peace Mission’s family counselling, counselling for children, family motivational seminars, empowering women and similar programs and ministries to overcome the tussles and hardships of family living and psychological tension.
- Those who need to contact for counselling can be helped through the national helpline of World Peace Mission.
- Ensure that all these ministries are carried out in compliance with the rules and regulations prevalent in each country.
The World Peace Mission (WPM) undertakes the following programmes for promoting peace on an international basis:
- Spiritual sharing and counseling to be provided by qualified and experienced counseling specialists. This can be arranged either face-to-face or telephonically.
- Family sanctification retreats
- Family enrichment program
- Family visits
- Family gatherings
- Interactive sessions
- Family activities with multicultural input, picnic, etc.
2. COMPASSIONATE CARE
Compassionate care is provided through the following ministries:
Five Loaves of Bread: This ministry has a biblical basis – Jn 6:1-14. The aim is to eradicate poverty from the world. No one should go starving for want of food due to lack of money or unavailability of food. People fight for food in several regions of the world. They steal food and even indulge in violence when hunger becomes uncontrollable. This program makes available food for a week. People queue up for food supplies which will last for a week at a time.
Opening small shops: Here food is cooked and supplied at a nominal price, much below market rates. A common type of food is made available all through the day. The water used in its preparation has to be pure.
Clothing: Clothes are collected and supplied to the poor in the community. This can be done in cooperation with charity leaders of the community.
Shelter: Home for the homeless is an initiative of WPM. People lose their homes during natural calamities and roam homeless looking for shelter. Such people are provided housing facilities by WPM volunteers.
Palliative Care: Palliative care is made available to terminally-ill patients. Volunteers are trained to provide the best palliative care by forming neighborhood networks and carers’ groups. The target is to improve the quality of life of the patient by listening to him/her with empathy and by providing pain-relieving medicines within the constraints of the home setup. The family needs to be helped to arrive at judicious decisions regarding the patient. Arrangements need to be made for follow-up treatment.
Sometimes, breaking bad news to the patient and his family becomes a delicate issue. In such situations, much tact is called for. When death appears close, the patient’s family must be informed tactfully and compassionately. Children at home have a role to play in the care of the sick. Similarly, faith and spirituality too is important in the healing process.
Provide occupational therapy to the patients to make them feel wanted at the family. They should not feel they are a burden on the family. Sometimes, patients can sink into isolation and desolation. They need to be brought back to the social mainstream.
A 20-minute-long meditation on peace on a daily basis will help release mental stress, and create balance of body, mind and soul.
Step 1: Find a quiet place for meditation, far away from all distractions. Take deep breaths for five minutes and breathe out gradually, all the while concentrating on your breathing. Attend to your abdominal movements intensely.
Step 2: With each breath, you realize cool air being inhaled and warm air being exhaled. Now your silence becomes intense and you become one with the silence within you and all around you.
Step 3: Hark to the sounds around you, near and far off.
Step 4: Utter a mantra with each breath exhaled, eg, ‘Mara Natha’. Let the mantra flow rhythmically with your breath.
Step 5: If music is being played in the background, become one with it. Do not analyze its lyrics or tune but allow it to penetrate your soul and stay there.
Step 6: Create a mental picture of your God or your beloved one. There is no need to ask for forgiveness for any favour. Commune with the Divine within and around you. You become one with the Divine, and there is no distinction between you and the divinity. It is advaita of a sort, inseparable from the godhead.
This realization will help you visualize the world around you in a new light. The realities of the mundane world will cease to trouble you. You will experience a sense of liberation from the stresses and strains of daily living with its conflicts and hardships, its past failures and future uncertainties. Actually, it is a moment of bliss…
The world stands in need of peace. Families and school children need to experience peace and to become mediators of peace through the practice of meditation.
4. GREEN WORLD MISSION
At the outset, investigate the situation of a peace community with regard to its environment as we should know the ecosystem of each region. We should have a clear understanding in order to sustain and promote a higher quality of the environment. Many factors affect the quality of the environment, such as the availability and quality of water, methods of waste disposal, deforestation and its effects, people’s attitude and approach to natural resources such as ponds, rivers, and forests. We also need to study people’s ways to save energy, the possibility of planting trees, government support, initiatives, etc. Once the areas are identified that need improvement, an action plan can be drawn up, taking the following into account:
- Conduct an awareness campaign regarding the importance of saving the earth. Conduct school-level seminars and conferences, creating a peace community in the school, and encouraging children to take peace initiatives.
- Conduct family seminars to encourage women to influence their children to work for a better world.
- Liaise with political leaders to win community support from social groups and spiritual leaders, to rope in more people into the initiative.
The following programs can help save the earth:
- Keep the earth clean; do not pollute it.
- Encourage all efforts, big and small, to avoid contamination of the earth.
- Avoid the use of polythene bags for daily use.
- Recycle domestic waste.
- Adopt harmless ways of disposing of waste materials.
- Provide re-usable canvas bags for grocery shopping.
- Encourage the use of natural/solar energy in a cost-effective manner.
- Avoid/minimize the use of fuels.
- Dry clothes in sunlight.
- Prevent air pollution.
- Air is polluted by the emission of harmful materials into the atmosphere.
- Air pollution is equivalent to poisoning the air.
- Air pollution is the largest health risk causing cancer, lung disease and death.
- A major cause of air pollution is the use of fossil fuels; avoid them.
- Avoid cooking stoves that spew ash, smoke and coal particles into the air.
- Chemicals used in the manufacture of paint and building materials are harmful to health. Lead, asbestos, ammonia and mercury are dangerous materials that must be used cautiously and disposed of safely.
- Plant more trees to sustain the oxygen levels in the atmosphere and to reduce the level of ammonia in it. Plants help clear the atmosphere of harmful elements.
WPM demonstrates and teaches eco-farming, natural farming, natural cultivation and natural manure. Promote an eco-friendly lifestyle and eco-spirituality.
Youth leadership for peace is a participatory methodology for youth and young professionals in the organization. It incorporates local cultural traditions and starts with simple activities that help break the ice, and encourages imagination and work. Participants then develop scope for resolving real-life conflict issues and perform them in their communities, engaging it to be part of the goal and contribute to the resolution.
Peace communities can be formed in schools and colleges. Giving responsibilities to students to communicate, organize and teach various activities will enable them to build up their abilities to be leaders, and they will learn to work as a team by supporting and encouraging one another to achieve the ultimate goal of peace to every human being on earth.
- Challenge the youth to pursue great ideals like love and universal peace.
- Help the youth develop a sense of respect for one another and unity among themselves.
- Ensure that youth activities are well planned, coordinated and carried out well. Make the youth realize that Peace Agents and Youth Animators can only accompany them; they cannot take over their lives. Therefore, they are to take full responsibility for their own lives.
- Make the adults understand that young people have their own share to contribute to society and the world at large.
- Help the young develop integrally.
- Help the youth take up their responsibilities and play their role through different youth groups in society.
- Help young people play their part in their immediate families since all Youth Mission is an extension of the Family Mission.
- Encourage indifferent youths to belong to youth groups.
- Help young people realize the need to work in collaboration with other organizations and the entire Peace Community.
- Five loaves of bread.
- Engage in fund-raising projects.
- Conduct food stalls at all community events and festivals.
- Perform arts/sports for charity collection.
- Perform street plays.
- Set up charity boxes.
- Personal contribution.
- Collect used clothes for the poor and refugees.
- WPM initiative – donating for a child on your birthday.
- Fund-raising activities such as cycling, hiking, running
The fund raised is utilized for the betterment of people who are in real need in the peace community with the approval of the executive committee.
Volunteer to support refugee/emergency aid; your local shelters need your help. Spare some time to help others in need. You can help organizations that have been struggling to respond to the demand for help.
The power of volunteering: It is food for the soul. Unexpected natural calamities demand large numbers of volunteers and supporting measures including life-saving measures, first aid, shelter, food, clothes, medical aid, etc.
Students must be involved in the education and motivation of their colleagues to promote equality and fair play. Student volunteers and peace community in schools can take initiative to provide information on social justice.
Practice what you preach: Remember, social justice begins at home. There is no point going out and urging others in the community to change their words and actions if you haven’t first looked at your own stamping ground. Get your children, friends and family members involved, and keep them informed and educated about social justice issues and human rights. It will help give them get a global perspective on their school work and life, keeping in mind that they are the future.
Peace Garden: The number of people gazing at your face diminishes as you age and your personal charm wanes. When your talents begin to vanish, others may find you burdensome. That is human love. That is the limit to human love to cling to.
The Psalmist, David, said it unambiguously: “Even if no one in this world wants me, and discards me, yet God will keep me safe under His golden wings.”
WPM is launching a housing scheme for couples who have grown old, as well as for single persons who find their life lonely, so that they can come together under a common umbrella, where they can pray together, take care of their health, entertain themselves, and lead fulfilled lives.
Alternatives to Violence Programme (AVP): The following are guidelines for transforming raw power from violence to peace, to find peace within and around you and within your community:
- Seek to resolve conflicts by reaching for common ground
- Reach for the goodness in others
- Listen fully before arriving at conclusions
- Base your judgment on truth alone
- Be prepared to revise your position, if proven wrong
- Expect to experience great inward power to act
- Risk being creative rather than being violent
- Use surprise and a liberal dose of humour
- Learn to trust your intuition when to act
- Be willing to pay the price for what is important
- Patience and persistence pays
- Base your community on honesty, respect and caring.
Peace Village: Small huts are arranged for homeless, aged couples who are able to take care of themselves, and support each other. The aim is to provide the opportunity to stay together with their loved ones. Trained volunteers will be at hand in cases of emergency. Partner with institutions that care for the marginalized and the downtrodden, refugees and war victims.
We have set a number of goals. How are we going to achieve them?
World Peace Radio: This is a 24-hour online radio that introduces fresh means to reconcile people, to foster fellowship among nations and to promote mutual understanding. As an important means for spreading ideas and influencing people, it can connect them to Christian values and messages. Through this radio, people are free to express the heart of the Gospel which is the everlasting mercy of the Father.
Email – Daily Bread: The pious thoughts published daily in our Daily Bread program provide matter for meditation on God’s word.
WhatsApp Group Message: Through this service, we communicate with people in order to understand their problems and concerns and to provide suitable biblical messages to fill them with hope and to uplift their spirits. These inspirational thoughts will work wonders for those who trust in the Lord.
Posting peace videos on YouTube: These videos have therapeutic value to resolve emotional issues, helping sufferers identify the root causes of their worries, and to work out solutions based on their own hunches. God works through incommunicable means.
Media Mission: Media is the ‘in’ thing today. Unlike in the past, today media dominate our lives and influence people as never before. We have thought up a number of ways to reach out to people.
Online Magazine: This a free online journal that explores the theological and pastoral implications of New Evangelization. It helps strengthen your faith in God and boosts your skill to defend it at all times. The articles in the Magazine, written by reputed Catholic and non-Catholic authors, reinforce the Christian perspective on life.
World Peace Television: This channel televises news, entertainment, children’s shows and music programs as well as religious discourses.
WPM Facebook: The WPM Facebook helps to live our lives transparently, demonstrating the unconditional love as explained in 2 Corinthians 2-15. It is a quick way to recognize God’s truth in others’ lives.
IPL (International Prayer Line): This prayer line has been set up to promote God’s glory and to serve Him as requested by people from all over the world through the prayer line.
Twitter: Through Twitter, people can share ideas and experiences relating to the Christian ministry or personal news, and find ways to promote world peace.
Print Media: WPM aims to train youngsters up to 12 years old. Kids are deeply influenced by the modern media. If they behave violently, partly the blame goes to the media which exhibit violent behaviour as something glorious.
Our target is to create anti-violent behaviour patterns in children so that they begin to appreciate other cultures and religions. They thus develop a broadness of vision and the philosophy of ‘live and let live’.
News portal (pravasiworld.in): This is a daily online newspaper that carries the latest developmental news from around the world. It is the human element in all news that draws the attention of this portal. We realize that we have the power to make a difference to the lives of people through our right thinking and action.
One Heart, One World: Media and technology together can save lives, and respond to violent crises. We belong to the new generation of peace-builders who have the knowledge and power to change perceptions and philosophies.
Observe the community from close quarters and identify its medical needs. Study the possibility of establishing a medical mission in the community. The assessment should take into consideration the following factors:
- Overall health status of the people in the community
- Epidemiology of current regional health issues
- Quarantine diseases
- Summary of emerging infectious diseases
- Summary of communicable diseases
- Recent outbreaks of epidemics
- Community approaches to diagnoses
- Occupational health issues
- Lab capabilities
- Physical infrastructure
- Clinical and personal capabilities
- Availability of resources
- Provision of primary health care and nutrition
- Environmental health including sanitation, water supply and pollution
- Preventive measures, training potential, emergency services and triage capabilities
- Grass-root level health workers, women’s groups and self-help groups can be of great service in the health sector.
Empowering communities: To take health and wellness issues into their own hands, people become self-reliant through classes and hands-on training. We need to provide learning opportunities to the local populace to sustain their well-being. A holistic transformation of the community can be achieved by attending to the multi-dimensional needs of the clients in different communities.
Regular medical camps in backward areas and finding sponsors for mother-and-child health programmes will boost our health efforts. People should be trained in home-based health care. Free medical check-ups will ensure better health for the people. Rehabilitation projects must have generous donors to support them. It is a good idea to publish a booklet on hygiene, nutrition and healthy lifestyle.
Medical Desk: WPM calls for volunteer physicians, nurses, and students to utilize their time and resources to serve the community. While this service helps those in need, it also offers the volunteers a unique opportunity to gain hands-on healthcare experience. They exhibit God’s love all over the world by their healing touch.
Doctors will examine patients for free; provide technical expertise to local medical professionals through partnership programs in diagnostic assistance and mutual exchange of ideas. The areas that call for particular attention are clean water, basic hygiene and nutritional tips, stopping the spread of diseases and saving lives, encouraging people to lead active lives, quit smoking, safety measures at work place, sex education, stress management, diabetes care, heart health, disability support and geriatric care.
Healing ministry: “O Lord, my God, I cried out to you, and you healed me” (Ps 30:2).
The healing ministry is as important as medical support. Healing is quickened when we visit the sick, stay at their side, acknowledge their pain and suffering, join them in prayer, ensure family support, provide social services support such as meals, child care, and transportation. Prayer requests via the international prayer line can be attended to as needed.
Angels of Mercy: Nurses fulfill their mission by providing physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients. Committed nurses are always willing to educate people on healthcare, hygiene, dental care, skin care, and the services of mobile clinics.
Mobile clinics: Mobile health clinic is a van with a team of healthcare and allied professionals along with necessary equipment and materials needed to meet the target. The team may include social workers, dentists and psychologists, doctors, nurses, dieticians, counselors, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, etc. The clinic offers the following services:
- Chronic care management plan for bed-ridden patients
- Care of the elderly
- Antenatal and postpartum care
- Cancer screening
- Tobacco and smoking cessation counseling
- Supplying supplementary vitamins to pregnant women
- Vaccinating children
- Home visits with counseling and prayer
- Supplying milk for poor children
Financial support: Monthly or periodically planned donations to medical clinics for surgeries at no cost to the world’s poorest regions is a way to promote peace. These donations can be used to provide medical supplies, clean water, free vaccines and medicines, help to pay for childcare, food, nutrition, counseling, and access to health services for women and infants.
Pro-life ministry: Unwanted and illegal pregnancies lead to abortion. In this situation, the mother-to-be experiences psychological trauma. The decision to abort is often taken under duress due to lack of support from partner, family and community. The woman is unaware of the cruelty being inflicted on the unborn baby, and risking the mother with infections and several other health problems. A feeling of guilt may haunt her all her life for killing her helpless baby.
Our approach would never be judgmental but to make the woman and her partner and family understand the serious impact of abortion on the mother and baby and to help her continue the pregnancy. WPM’s pregnancy counseling and support follows a woman’s pregnancy from conception through delivery of the baby. On-going counseling and family support will be needed and most of the time they may need shelter too.
An informed decision on adoption should be made in consultation with the partners and the counselor if that is the only choice possible. Adoption agencies should be contacted and necessary arrangements made.
Medical Mission brings compassion, forgiveness, and healing to those who are hurt in the aftermath of abortion, and enable them to lead productive and peaceful lives. Through counseling and retreats, they offer a healing opportunity for any woman, man, couple, and family who have been affected by the emotional loss, guilt or shame of an abortion.
Adolescent pregnancy: The approach to adolescent pregnancy differs from country to country. Most of these pregnancies are unexpected and unwanted. Mothers’ approach to adolescent pregnancy depends upon their socio-economic status, cultural and religious background and governmental support. Young mothers constantly need the support of elders.
In situations where family support is lacking or in illegal pregnancy, this will be traumatic for the young woman. Most of the time, they will be hesitant to disclose the actual situation. Our approach should be gentle and friendly, and provide emotional support and resource information for educational, medical, legal, financial and social assistance. Counseling support should be offered regularly as needed, and help with adoption if that is the choice. Services may also include help with maternity clothes, baby clothes, furniture, parenting classes, and much more.
HIV/Aids awareness program: WHO estimates that around 35 million people around the world are living with HIV. HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system, and weakens one’s ability to fight infection and diseases. It is most commonly caught by having unprotected sex. There is no cure for HIV, but there are antiretroviral treatments to enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life. Unavailability of this medicine and the expense of this medication lead to millions of painful deaths each year, and families end up in severe poverty and agony.
In sexuality education, teach intimacy skills without physical sex, team building of mutual co-workers groups, and techniques of healthy relaxation and relationship skills.
Prevention: Sex education: Educate the community regarding the measures to prevent the dreaded disease. Eliminate new HIV infections in children and keep their mothers alive.
Treatment: Increase access to antiretroviral medications; promote public understanding and the need to be kind to affected people, and not to be judgmental but being human; provide flu vaccine and first aid kits to HIV patients as they are highly susceptible to infection; rehabilitate them back into their homes, jobs and societies.
12. EMPOWERING WOMEN
Offer safety seminars and awareness of self-defence measures for women and girls. Teach them to take precautions when going out alone, walk with others whenever possible. If walking alone, stay confident. Provide newsletters for women, parents and organizations offering safety and security reminders. Stay alert. Be aware of everyone and everything in your vicinity.
Pay attention to the people and vehicles around you. In suspicious circumstances, start heading for a public place. Never assume that you are in a safe area, that no one wants to harm you or that everyone shares your morals. Beware of strangers who ring the bell at your door; look and ensure that you are about to welcome the right person in.
All women should learn from others’ tragedies and experiences and possible missteps that others have gone through. These can help protect women and girls in the future. Be prudent about what you share in the internet, always keep personal information confidential, and be careful about the sites you look through.
Women should be extremely alert while driving a car and going to strange places. They must lock all the doors of the car when travelling alone. Women should continue to campaign for stronger laws, quicker convictions and any measures that will deter men from attacking women. They should be confident about what they want to achieve and speak up for what they believe in.
In the end, it is imperative to remember that men can and should play a crucial role to ensure the safety of women. We should raise men to be respectful to women and intolerant of a culture that insistently devalues women. Their safety is everyone’s responsibility. Men should be genuinely concerned about women’s wellbeing, and should call the police if they witness an assault. We should teach men to work for a society that upholds women and their needs.
- Establish study groups on women’s role in the Church, family, society and politics
- Pick out ideal models of women from the historical context
- Constitute awards and promotions for women workers
- Promote leadership skills in the family, work place and society
- Start social action movements with feminine perspectives
- Bring together small groups to reflect on biblical matriarchs/characters
13. INTERNATIONAL PRAYER LINE
Prayer requests may be posted online or over the phone. It is an opportunity to get to God with our needs. “The Father promises, He hears us” (1 Jn 5:14).
Prayer chain: Prayer chain is a ceaseless activity where the prayer is carried on by different persons at different times for the same intention. Intercessory prayer chain needs mediators. There are also healing prayers, prayers of reconciliation, sacraments, and opportunities to post testimonies.
Fasting prayer once a week is advisable. Prayer should form part of our daily life; it gives us the opportunity to offer thanks to God for his many blessings daily.
14. ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND NUCLEAR PLANTS
Participate in the signature campaigns of the United Nations and other NGOs to fight the menace of nuclear weapons and their factories. Create awareness of its hazards in a globalized village like ours. Organize seminars on the disposal of harmful materials like electronic wastes. Join prayer and fasting groups against nuclear wars.
15. TRIBAL MISSION
Empower tribal people by visiting tribal belts. Allow children and adolescents to spend time with them and to absorb their culture and lifestyle. Bring into prominence the lesser known countries of Africa and other Third World nations including India. Make available leadership training, personal hygiene, motivation for education, socializing skills, medical care, housing and environmental hygiene, natural farming and eco-friendly lifestyles.
A disaster is a situation that develops unexpectedly and is beyond the management of a single individual. Its occurrence is highly traumatic for the individual and society at large. It calls for herculean efforts to establish normalcy.
- Flood relief
- Psycho-social rehabilitation
- Supply of food
- Screening for water-borne/air-borne diseases
- Education on personal hygiene
- Information on epidemics
- Treatment for epidemics
- Support for housing and provision of home utensils
- Rehabilitation of victims on a war footing
- Education for cancer prevention
- Cancer detection camps
- Cancer treatment
- Home care for patients
- Drugless and palliative care for cancer patients
- Support groups for cancer patients
- Strengthening care-givers
- Counseling, grief therapy, emotional regulation, self-esteem building
- Help for prostheses
18. SOCIO-CULTURAL MISSION
- Forming groups for migrant workers
- Empowering migrants and the unorganized sector
- Justice & Peace action
- Join rallies and awareness programs
- Writing and posters on social evils
- Promote voluntary work
- Collaborate with human rights networks
- Celebrate cultural festivals and events
- Puppet shows
- Skits on socio-cultural diversity and unity
- Awareness on Ill effects of Alcoholism and drug abuse
- Prevention programmes
- Family oriented programmes
- Skill training for children
- Multi-dimensional family therapy
- Intervention through screening
- Bio-pharmacological, Psycho-social, spiritual treatment
- Continuing care through 12 steps programme, A.A., Al-anon, al-ateen, follow-up
- Spiritual conversion with couples retreat
- Information on major religions
- Dialogues between religions
- Ecumenical activities
- Visit to different counties and place of pilgrimage
- Work against terrorism
- Promote writing, ;music, folk dance, songs, poems of different faith
- Have dialogue and discussions on inter religious mission and its challenges