The Christian faith is faith in Jesus Christ, through whom the relationship between God and man becomes well (healthy). Because of this gracious gift of a healthy relationship between a person and the triune God, a Christian seeks to have a relationship to others that also are loved by God and to live in a harmonious relationship with them. A practical faith points to the unique way of Jesus Christ.
In the ASCIM we live this faith which makes a person able to love others in a harmonious relationship.
Integrity is the correlation between the ideals a person may have and his adherence to them in his/her practical life. For a Christian this means that he identifies with him/herself, and this reflects in the practical ways that gracious gift is passed on to others in healthy relationships.
In the ASCIM we experience the integrity in how we live our daily lives together.
The marriage of a man and a woman are the basis of a healthy family. A healthy family is understood to be a structured and working family order that is lived out in a healthy environment. Harmony in a family is very important for German speaking Mennonites and for the indigenous people. Indigenous people especially emphasize man's free will, and the German speaking Mennonites emphasize order and discipline.
In ASCIM we further the willingness to get to know each other's family ideals and to point to the biblical ideal family values in activities, friendships, schools and counseling, as well as to live them out.
Tolerance is defined as the calm acceptance of diverse opinions or activities. Respect is defined as a form of giving value and attention to other people or institutions. Tolerant and respectful behavior excludes self-centered conduct.
In ASCIM we are conscious of the different cultures, traditions and the differing emphasis put on values. In our daily activities we consider this fact and we try to connect consciously in order to reach our goal by a mutual consensus.
Serenity it is a complete internal peace in which the person feels completely calm in the face of existing challenges. Serenity is a very high value in the German-Mennonite and in the indigenous culture.
In the ASCIM we practice serenity since it is a bridge for communication.
Honesty means to be sincere and truthful. It also includes being open and upright. It used to be that a person was considered to be honest if he/she didn't steal or lie. Today, we consider a person to be honest if he can acknowledge his weaknesses and correct his errors.
In the ASCIM we do our activities in an honest and sincere fashion, not only in the internal relationships, but also in external relationships.
Transparence is the free and open access to the processes of information and activities in order to be continually accountable. It is closely linked to the open communication between both parties: recipient and the person delivering the message.
In ASCIM we make our decisions and do our transactions in a comprehensible and easy to follow way so that they are accessible and transparent.
Punctuality means to keep a certain time limit or cut-off date. It is a term that goes hand in hand with reliability. Western societies have a more linear concept of time, closely linked with their concept of progress. Often times, completion or finishing at the right time is given more value than to the relationships of the persons involved in the transaction. Indigenous people see time more as a cycle in which interpersonal relationships are considered more important than keeping a certain time limit or finishing on time.
In the ASCIM we are growing in the area of reliability, with a basis in healthy personal relationships and a communication that always seeks what is best for progress.
A good work ethic means to do your chores, tasks and duties that pertain to your job with care and diligence, dedication, energy, firmness, putting in your best efforts, to be dynamic and motivated.
In the ASCIM we establish common platforms of work, even though there are different interpretations and definitions of what good work entails.
Sustainability is a principle of an action in which the economy does not reduce the possibilities for future generations. This principle demands that no more should be used than can be regenerated, grown or established again in the future.
For the ASCIM, sustainability refers not only to economy and production, but it has the three components: sustainability ecologically, economically and socially.
Ecological sustainability: there is no exploitation of nature
Economical sustainability: agricultural practices that can be used permanently
Social sustainability: the organization of a society that regulates its social tensions within limits and prevents major conflicts, promoting and facilitating solution possibilities through peaceful and civil means.
Responsibility consists in entrusting a task to a person (or a group of people) that then has the duty to complete the task. It also means seeing the necessary duties of the moment and acting positively towards them. It means to be accountable and accept the resulting consequences.
In the ASCIM we assume the responsibility of promoting and constructing a harmonious, sustainable intercultural coexistence.
Social responsibility includes taking the concerns of the society and its environment in consideration when making decisions as an institution. This means assuming the responsibility to the individual and to the state.
In the ASCIM we recognize the social needs of the coworkers and members in the way work is done and in making decisions and we react to the special needs in its surrounding.
Solidarity implies a selfless disposition toward others. It is an unconditional support of the neighbor, all the while keeping and protecting your own dignity.
In the ASCIM, solidarity is a lifestyle that allows for integral development while protecting the dignity of the individual.
Trust is a subjective belief that the actions of others are honest. In general, trust is an essential basis for any cooperation. Trust is linked to responsibility in interactive situations. Trust is put on the actors of a certain activity and these have the responsibility to not abuse this trust.
In the ASCIM, trust is the base of any cooperation; it is formed and grown in interpersonal relationships.
Friendship is an affective relationship between people and is based on trust, liking, respect and companionship.
In the ASCIM we care about intercultural t friendships that are generated in the time of working together and in personal relationships.