Taking the Lead
For many years, the Third World model of ministry has been Americans must lead. Over time, that approach fostered feelings of frustration for many Americans (Not getting any help here) and a sense of entitlement for many locals (The Americans will give it to us). More recently, a ministry approach working with the indigenous church has gained traction. This model is not just embraced by The Global Orphan Project, but by ministries like Gospel for Asia and others. However, for this global Body of Christ model to work effectively, decades of history must be overcome. Feelings of frustration and entitlement must be set aside. That’s not easy, but it is possible, and it is God honoring.
Today we learned that the building committee for Source De La Grace, a local church in one of the poorer areas of Port Au Prince, is taking the lead! They organized a rotation of five volunteers per day from their church to donate work for the construction of the community’s school. They have taken over full direction for the church construction. This will be a school, church, and orphanage built entirely by the congregation, whether employed or volunteer. Their ownership of this project will likely save money, improve construction quality and on-going operations. What’s more, it’s a great example of the Body of Christ working together! Incredibly exciting!