We are...(3)

We are Investors

investing in PEOPLE as whole beings

because nothing changes until people change

Investing in PEOPLE...

People are eternal beings. In the end, our impact in the lives of people is the legacy we leave behind on earth.

...as whole beings....

The either-or relationship between "spiritual work" and "social work" does not exist for us. It's not that we can't tell the difference. It's not that we don't recognize a danger of focusing on one to the neglect of the other. We fight every day to maintain a healthy tension between the two; to keep our focus on the eternal, while at the same time not denying compassion and the realities of living in this world.

As we see it, both "spiritual work" and "social work"---ie, reaching out to the needs around us, whether they be physical, social, educational,etc--- go hand in hand and are a natural outflow of who we are as followers of Jesus.

Jesus talked to the woman at the well about water, and then offered "living water."

Jesus fed thousands, and then offered them the "bread of life."

Jesus healed the man born blind, and then offered him a relationship with the One who gives sight--both physical and spiritual.

Jesus did not deny people's physical hurts and needs. He felt compassion and reached out in love. And then He told them there were deeper needs---needs they maybe didn't even know they had. After building trust, he invited them into healing and wholeness for their soul---into a relationship with Himself.

We try to follow that example.

Because, investing in people cannot happen in a vacuum.

But, it can happen in a classroom. It can happen in personal relationships. It can happen while bandaging somebody's machete wound. It can happen while working together day after day. It happens when we do life together.

It can happen in any of these situations:

Josiane and Modelene brainstorm with Judy about ways they can reach out to women and girls in the community...

...and then put those plans into action with young women...

...and with little girls. (Do you remember "Where's Waldo?" Well, there is a Waldo in this picture. Can you find him? He is working on an exciting project. More about that in the future!)

Williamso does a short devotion with the young men and boys before the day's activities in his Saturday program.

Manis takes Williamso and Almaïs (the department directors) out to spend time with them and to discuss challenges they are facing.

Josiane shares what she has been taught in Excel with Mèt Ronyl.

Judy does training with the teachers in our school.

Thony and the teachers work through a Bible study.

Djeffson uses soccer to engage young men in the community.

The baptism class shares what they have been learning with our local group of believers.

Teacher Elicia helps a student read.

Crocheting and conversing.