When asked about what he prays for those who graduate from Uganda’s Common Ground Academy, Geoffrey Ocan’s answer says it all: that they would live quality Christian lives, that they would be relevant in their communities, and that they would be a light to the nations. On this side of the ocean, we couldn’t agree more. And that’s why we created the Common Ground Handbook. The Handbook is a step-by-step approach to locally-led community development. It builds on what church leaders learn during their core two-year education in the Common Ground Academy and applies a Biblical worldview, combining the fact that these local leaders know what their community needs much better than we do with a strategic framework for successful implementation of a sustainable solution.

This fall, Geoffrey will begin piloting the Handbook in three of his classes. Each student will receive an iPad loaded with the Handbook in interactive iBook form. This allows the process to be more applied than academic, more active than passive. It tracks their progress and helps organize thoughts and strategies along the way – mapping assets, noting results of listening surveys and social analysis, and pulling together a workable action plan.

We look forward to keeping you updated on the pilot through the fall and into the spring and invite you to pray alongside us for Geoffrey as he leads this process, his students as they walk through this process, and for the Gospel to be present in their communities because of this process.