Rok Kern Academy

Rok Kern's Training prepares you and your team for volunteering and short-term missions in new ways – exploring what it means to love and serve others while entering new cultures and communities with humility and respect.

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Short-Term Missions or Volunteering

Most people who volunteer in another country or who visit as part of a missions or educational trip, are doing so with the best of intentions, seeking to love, care for, and serve the communities they are visiting. For many this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to give back or to make a difference. Yet research has shown that many forms of volunteering and many short-term trips actually do harm to the very communities they are trying to serve.

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Charity and Justice

Fundraising, ribbons, donate boxes, charity events, door knocking, television adverts, Re-use, Renew, Recycle, online petitions, social media views, environmentally friendly, …..our lives are bombarded every day by charity requests or people asking us to do something, to make a difference, to change something about ourselves. But why?

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Missions
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Charity and Justice

This session aims to teach participants the difference between systematic approaches to ending the injustices that cause poverty (social justice), and individual approaches to address poverty (charity). The session will explore the Biblical basis for living out the gospel through both “word and deed” (Colossians 3:17).

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Ethical Communication

Going on a short-term missions trip involves more people than just the ones who go with you. Family members, church members, friends and the school community are eagerly waiting to hear about your trip. And nowadays, thanks to social media they can see your trip as it’s happening! This course is designed to get students thinking about how to best communicate during and after their trip.

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Ethical Communication – Education

Going on a short-term mission trip involves more people than just the ones who go with you. Family members, church members, friends and the school community are eagerly waiting to hear about your trip. And nowadays, thanks to social media they can see your trip as it’s happening!

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Missions Stream
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Ethical Communication – Missions

Going on a short-term mission trip involves more people than just the ones who go with you. Family members, church members, friends and the school community are eagerly waiting to hear about your trip. And nowadays, thanks to social media they can see your trip as it’s happening!

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Missions Stream
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From Orphanage Manager to Family-Based Care Advocate The Cambodian Context

When you hear the word orphan what do you think of? How should be respond to orphans as Christian? In the course, you will learn the different models of caring for vulnerable children.

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From Orphanage Manager to Family-Based Care Advocate The Cambodian Context

In this course we learn about the personal journey of Caleb and Courtney, from orphanage managers to family-based care advocates.

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Missions
Intro to Biblical Foundations

Introduction to Biblical Foundations

Participants will discuss the different forms of missions in serving the poor while looking at God’s calling for us towards poverty alleviation and community restoration.

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Education
History of Cambodia Course

Journey Through the History of Cambodia

What are the first words you think of when you hear the words “Cambodian history?” For outsiders, the answer is normally ‘The Khmer Rouge’. For Cambodians, the answer is always “Angkor Wat” and “the Khmer Empire”. This course explores why this is the case.

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Orphanages Around the World

Many of us have a desire to care for orphans and vulnerable children, so we send money to groups we know are caring for children in other countries. When we can, we go and volunteer by ourselves or on a short-term trip with others. But what if the method we are using to do that is harming the children we are trying to care for? In this video and discussion, we introduce some of the issues surrounding orphan care and institutionalisation.

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Orphanages Around the World: The Global Picture

Central to the heart of God, is a desire to care for orphans and vulnerable children. In response to that, many of us send money to groups that we know are caring for children in other countries, when we can, we go and volunteer or participate on a short-term trip. But what if the approach we are using is harming the children we are trying to care for? In this video and discussion, we introduce some of the issues surrounding orphan care and institutionalisation.

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Missions
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Reconciling our Global Position and the Common Good

This course is designed to help participants reflect on the inequality between nations and to be equipped to use their social position as advocates in the future.

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Mission Stream
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The History of Cambodia – Missions

What are the first words you think of when you hear the words “Cambodian history?” For outsiders, the answer is normally ‘The Khmer Rouge’. For Cambodians, the answer is always “Angkor Wat” and “the Khmer Empire”. This course explores why this is the case.

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The Paradigms of Poverty

If we view poverty as a lack of money and resources, then it follows that our poverty alleviation programs are focused on providing money and resources. However, if the definition is more complex, then our responses must be more nuanced.

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Missions Stream
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The Paradigms of Poverty

What is poverty? How does God define Poverty? How does a biblical understanding contribute to how we respond to it?

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Understanding Culture

Culture. What is it? How do we recognise it? How does it shape us? We use the word a lot when talking about other places, but what about the culture we bring with us? In this course, we explore what culture is, what strategies we can use to learn about other cultures, and give you some tips on how to be culturally appropriate in a Cambodian context.

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Missions
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Understanding Culture – Missions

Culture. What is it? How do we recognise it? How does it shape us? We use the word a lot when talking about other places, but what about the culture we bring with us? In this course, we explore what culture is, what strategies we can use to learn about other cultures, and our bonus content, gives you some tips on how to be culturally appropriate in a Cambodian context.

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What is Poverty?

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