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The Million Village Challenge: Bringing Transformational Development to a Million Villages

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How are you going to reach a million villages?
  2. Who are Global Partners?
  3. Are there even a million villages to be reached?
  4. How can outsiders contribute meaningfully to sustainable village movements that are led by nationals?
  5. How can you get involved?
  6. How will this initiative help finish the task of taking the Gospel to the unreached and unengaged?
  7. How will you get 10,000 model clusters in 70 countries by 2020?
  8. What are you planning to deliver to these villages?
  9. Who leads this movement?
  10. Who will do the work in villages, and how will they be trained?

1. How are you going to reach a million villages?

Our approach is not to do projects, but to create a movement that spreads from village to village. One model village impacts a cluster of 10 villages. Each of those villages impacts a cluster of 10 more villages and so on...

If we average 10 villages per cluster, we need 100,000 model villages to get to a million. 100,000 still seems like a very ambitious goal.

However, consider this: Sociologists say that when 10% of a population is strongly advocating for a cause we reach a Tipping Point. 10% of 100,000 clusters is 10,000.

Our goal by 2020 is for national ministries in 70 different 10/40 Window countries to adopt 10,000 clusters and initiate work in 10,000 model villages. Return to Top

2. What are you planning to deliver to these villages?

Our vision is wholistic community based movements of transformation instead of top down costly and wasteful donor driven programs. Progress will be measured in six key areas: Food security, water, health and sanitation, income generation, education, and Christian discipleship. Read more here.... Return to Top

3. Are there even a million villages to be reached?

Maybe not, but here is how we arrived at the numbers: 22% of the world population or about 1.54 billion people live on less than $1.25 per day, most of those in rural areas. The average village size is 500 to 1500 people. Using the 1500 number and dividing it by 1.54 billion, we get 1,026,666 villages. The number is an estimate.  Return to Top

4. Who leads this movement?

Transformational movements can only be achieved by nationals. Model clusters will be adopted by nationals, often volunteers, and sustained largely by local resources. Global partners will contribute by building capacity through training and seeding.    Return to Top

5. How will this initiative help finish the task of taking the Gospel to the unreached and unengaged?

Research done by “Finishing the Task” indicates that there are still 1,292 unengaged people groups that nobody is trying to reach. They have been pinpointed on this map. Research done by Joshua project indicates there are 6,659 unreached people groups that are less than 2% Evangelical. The vast majority of these unreached and unengaged peoples live in villages.  Return to Top

6. How will you get 10,000 model clusters in 70 countries by 2020?

There are two main components to our growth strategy: (1) Multiplication of existing models, and (2) Mobilization conferences.

  • Multiplication of existing models: Villages neighboring existing models approach and ask trainers to duplicate what is happening in the model village in their own villages. Each of the new villages become models multiplying their impact in villages around them.
  • MVC mobilization Conferences: Mobilization conferences bring together national ministries in a country or region for three days. The first day ministry leaders are envisioned for village ministry in their country. On the second day they are taken to visit a model village and interview the villagers. On the third day they gather in small groups around maps and identify and adopt model villages. MVC committees are formed to follow up and provide training for national ministires. We hope to have mobilization conferences in 70 countries by the end of 2018.

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7. Who will do the work in villages, and how will they be trained?

Nationals will be recruited to serve in villages by national leaders who participate in an MVC mobilization conference. These nationals are trained as “trainers” and mentored by experienced people from the Global CHE Network working in the region.

National trainers being mentored by experienced people from the Global CHE Network spend two days per week in a village, mobilizing and equipping the community to work together using local resources to create sustainable solutions to the problems they face. Return to Top

8. How can outsiders contribute meaningfully to sustainable village movements that are led by nationals?

Global partners provide resources for national workers and build capacity for the villages they serve.  For workers they provide training and tools such as the Jesus Film, and audio Bibles.  For village communities, they provide training in water, microenterprise development, education, agriculture, sanitation and health. They may also provide support for village workers or seed projects in a community. Return to Top

9. How can you get involved?

  • Become a Global Partner (see below)
  • Take a short term team to an MVC Mobilization Conference or to visit a village they intend to adopt
  • Adopt a model village for $100 to $1,000 per month.
  • Support a village worker for $100 to $300 per month.
  • Adopt a country and help provide resources to bring national leaders to MVC mobilization conferences?
  • Hold a fundraiser for your adopted country or village.
  • Provide funding for training and mentoring of village workers
  • Invite a speaker to your community association, school, or church

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10. Who are Global Partners?

Global Partners are ministries and individuals that come alongside nationals to assist them in facilitating sustainable village movements. They provide training for village workers and do capacity building with communities.  Here are a few of the current Global Partners:

If you are interested in becoming a Global Partner, please send inquiry email to "info AT chenetwork.org" - replace " AT" with the "@" symbol. Return to Top