We introduce: CCD Coordinators
The professional background of Andreas Jenny is management in Nonprofit Organisations, International Agriculture and Horticulture. He works as a freelance development consultant and is based in Germany. Since 2007 Andreas is involved in international development with several Nonprofit Organizations in South Asia and Eastern Africa, both in rural and urban settings, in development and relief sectors.
For 10 years he has been serving in Nepal with the International Nepal Fellowship (INF) and the local NGO Sagoal, which promotes integral initiatives by local churches. Additional roles include lecturing as adjunct faculty on financial management and community development in several academic programmes.
Renate is the management assistant.
She is your primary contact for all your questions and comments. She speaks German and English and appreciates to give you information and a helping hand. She loves reading books – always a good issue to talk about with her.
Since 2003, Deborah has worked exclusively within the Christian development sector having been involved with over 150 different Christian development organisations, alliances, networks, academic institutions, and local churches. As one of Deborah’s references noted – she is ‘passionate for God’s Kingdom to come’ and has thus dedicated her life to being involved with work that touches the lives of people facing the challenges of poverty, injustice, and marginalisation. Deborah has a deep lived involvement with Integral Mission, as well as extensive experience in various leadership and facilitation roles. Deborah has experience in network leadership, applied theological foundation, fundraising, cross cultural work, teaching and facilitation skills and has completed a PhD focused on bringing theology and development together. Deborah believes that God is inviting his people into a season of greater global unity and collaboration, one in which the diversity, experience and commitment of the Micah members will have a key contribution to make, and she is excited to be a part of this.
Wolfgang Büsing is the director of AEM Germany for now over 24 years.
Before this he had been the director of Pro Christ – a German evangelistic event. He loves foreign cultures, and has got a heart for mission. He is also the managing director of Global Volunteer Services.
How CCD began
Faced with the challenges of global poverty, many Christian organizations historically responded to this by engaging in smaller or larger projects to relieve the needs of the poor and to seek ways out of poverty. Klaus Strub, a farmer from Germany, had the passion to be involved in such initiatives and engaged in missions as a volunteer. He was convinced, that agriculture was an important ingredient in poverty alleviation and was seeking to network with others with the same passion. The first gathering of like-minded practitioners was being held in Korntal in 1993.
From these beginnings, the Christian Community Development Network (CCDN) came into being in 2003 and its hallmark continues to be its movement character. Those who help to organise the conferences do this voluntarily with the investments of their respective organisations. The Christian Community Development Conferences became a regular two yearly event in Germany, bringing together practitioners from different groups and organisation involved in Christian development and relief. The German Association of Evangelical Missions (AEM) took this initiative under its wings. In the following years the conference continued to increased in its scope by drawing in more international participants and by entering a close partnership with Micah Global. Since 2012, the conference is jointly organized by the AEM, European Evangelical Mission Association (EEMA) and Micah Global.