Of course, each context has its own unique set of circumstances and challenges. As local communities take ownership of a particular CCT process, they will adapt and often rename it to reflect this. One of the most contextualised CCT processes is Sangsangai for use in Nepal.
Because the church in Nepal is small and marginalised, Sangsangai starts with the family.
The first cycle starts at the household level and helps families to explore new ways of thinking and build confidence as they are encouraged and empowered to begin with small projects and changes in their own lives.
The second cycle involves the local church, and these families begin to work together and initiate increasingly larger actions.
When the church feels ready and equipped to do so, these changes and learnings are moved out into the wider community.
A village in rural western Nepal used to have a problem with its water source.
Animals and flood water entering the drinking water meant it was contaminated and people were often getting very ill with diarrhoea and fever. This was dangerous and had the knock-on effect of preventing children from going to school a lot of the time.
Because of their poverty, the community felt unable to do anything to protect the water source.
‘As a result of participating in the Sangsangai process, we began to understand the deeper-level issues of the Bible,’ says the village pastor. ‘We started to believe that we could become salt and light, and began to identify problems and opportunities in our community and mobilise the available resources God had placed around us.’
The Bible study group decided to do something about the problem with the water source. They started by holding meetings in the community to discuss how they might find a way to protect it. Finally, everyone joined hands to take action.
‘The church has been successful in completing this work in collaboration with the community,’ says the pastor. ‘Now everyone in the village is drinking clean water. The children are attending school regularly. By working together, we are moving forward.’