|Posted on 20 February, 2018 at 13:00|
I've just returned from a two week Mission Trip to the town of Pignon, Haiti.
Why on earth, you might ask, would I take a two week break from ministry at the Five Sisters Project to go to a third world country - a place President Trump recently called a "S__t Hole"?
In Haiti, life is a daily struggle to survive. Dropping in with some food, some clothing, some soccer balls. Well, that is just plain easy. It feels good to me. It blesses others. It makes a temporary moment of brightness in a dark and difficult life. And it leaves a mark on me of renewed appreciation for the simple things like electricity, indoor plumbing, hot water, convenient food. We take so very much for granted.
The work at the Five Sisters Project is different than that. Yes, there are times we just get to be a blessing in a difficult time. Drop by with some much needed "stuff". And that is important. Because needs do need to be met. But we have to be in it for the long haul. We are working toward solutions and not just bandaids. Ministry in your own community is hard. It requires tenacity. Creative solutions. Trial and error. Constant cheerleading. And clinging to Jesus. To tell you the truth, none of us has it in us to stick to it for the long haul. We need the love of Jesus.
Evidence in my life proves that He is at the center of the solution to every problem - big and small. The world does not agree. The world says if we think hard enough, work hard enough, give up enough, it can be better. None of this is true. We cannot do this on our own strength.
So I'm back on duty at the Five Sisters Project. And I'm waiting on the Lord of the Universe to give His perfect plans in His perfect timing. I'd love you to join me.