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Disciples of Christ Church in Argentina
The Disciples of Christ Church in Argentina was founded in 1906 in Buenos Aires. From its inception the church has honored the Disciple tradition of ecumenism, working with other denominations, and forming project alliances with the Argentine Methodist Church and the Waldesian Church of Italy in Argentina. The Disciples also helped to found the Superior Evangelical Institute of Theological Studies (ISEDET), an important theological studies institute recognized in Latin America.
The Disciples of Christ Church in Argentina has a strong commitment to education, helping to found Colegio Ward in its early years. During the 1960s it established the Center for the Counseling of Family and Community Life (COVIFAC) and the Laura and Henry Fishback School in Villa Mitre. It also developed a strong social ministry with its services to the Argentine indigenous communities, political refugees, and immigrants. During the 1970s the church was a key player in the human rights efforts of their country, a ministry which continues today.
The Disciples in Argentina continue their educational ministry to the broader community and they lead in providing important information that is not forthcoming from the local and national governments. Many congregations and communities face the need to address health issues related to illnesses that are becoming more prevalent and for which there has been little or no education due to cultural, moral, and religious stigmas, such as HIV/AIDS. The Disciples have created the Basic Health Education Project which is a traveling education program that has been in action since 2005. The program is offered to Disciples as well as other churches, ecumenical groups, and non-governmental organizations. The project is headed by Ines Sarli, M.D., who completed her term as Global Ministries missionary to Paraguay in 2005 and has returned to her native Argentina to serve as a global mission volunteer.
There have been many workshops that the Basic Health Education Project has conducted since it began. Some of the topics of these workshops are sexuality, pregnancy, giving birth, child care, first aid classes, and a workshop on sexuality for young adults. As the project has progressed, other themes have been added including human trafficking, abuse, and AIDS. Future workshop topics include illness prevention, assessment of public community health services available, dialogues on health as a human right, and leadership training workshops. In order for these workshops to take place the Basic Health Education Project needs materials. Below is a list of special ways in which you can help the Basic Health Education Project of Argentina.
- $50 Materials for workshops
- $200 Traveling expenses for workshop leaders
- $500 Health Supplies for the participants of the project to use afterward in their communities