I will be going to Guatemala in June, I have always wanted to go on a mission trip. There are 15 members from my church, 1910 who will be going. On a side note, “what does 1910 stand for?” Our name comes from the passage Luke 19:10 that proclaims the truth that Jesus came to find and restore the lost.
Our group meets regularly. The preparations have not only been your traditional talks on what to pack, passport, shots, etc. But, preparing the heart. In essence, i.e. why am I going, what do I wish to accomplish, my goals and purpose. We have been using a book, “When Helping Hurts.” a paradigm forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those in need. Emphasizing both the poverty of heart and society. This book expresses the need that every person has and how it can be filled. The reader is brought to understand that poverty is much more than a lack of money or resources and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve the problem of poverty.
“When Helping Hurts” catalyzes the idea that sustainable change for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in but from the inside-out.
We really need to check our heart. I am not going there to change anyone, but to walk with them and love on them. I’m excited to see what the Lord has planned for me.
We are also organizing a yard sale to raise funds to fund our projects once there.
It has been a fun, exciting and enriching experience for me to say the least and I haven’t even left. I Thank my Lord for opening doors and giving me this opportunity.