Community Health Evangelism and Transformational Development
Victor Chen MD
Global Coordinator, MAI
Synopsis - Community Health Evangelism and Transformational Development
This workshop will highlight examples, foundational principles, and models of community transformation as an introduction to Community Health Evangelism (CHE), a powerful missions strategy that integrates wholistic evangelism and discipleship, local community ownership and leadership, a focus on disease prevention, and the development of local resources and sustainable solutions. CHE ministries have helped equip individuals, churches, and organizations in over 130 countries and resulted in local church planting while helping communities break the cycle of multidimensional poverty and illness as they come to understand wholeness and shalom through Jesus.
Dr. Victor Chen serves as the global coordinator for Medical Ambassadors International and has been involved in transformational development and community health for 15 years. In his role, Victor considers it a privilege to support a diverse and dynamic global team of coordinators, specialists, and partners. Victor and his family lived in Central Asia for 4 years where he served as the director of community development and health for an NGO working in the sectors of community development, preventive health, and disability. Before joining MAI, Victor worked as a family physician in a community health center and served as a faculty member of a family practice residency in Modesto, CA. He received his MPH from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health and his MD from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Victor and his wife Christine live with their two daughters in Modesto. Christine serves with MAI and also has a background in public health with experience in community-based child survival interventions (Rwanda) and monitoring and evaluation (Central Asia). She has been highly involved with welcoming refugee families in their community.