This article is an interesting read about an area that is close to my heart, International Development. As someone who always gets mixed responses ranging from, “What are you going to do with that?” to “Wow, that’s really nice,” and everywhere in between, I thought this was a great time to share my heart for this area.
For me, International Development is all about seeking justice and telling people about Jesus…
“He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? But to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
It’s about going into communities with a need, forming relationships there, and addressing the issues from the ground up. Let me enter the community as a learner, a servant and lastly, a story teller (Development isn’t all about going somewhere and “doing the most.” There is so much to learn. The people we plan to go help often help us 10x more than we could ever help them. God is funny in that way…reminding us in that no way do we know everything). That is, the community knows their situation the best. So, let’s hear their side of the problem and how they want to make it better. After all, if development is going to be sustainable, the community members are the ones who are going to have to make anything last.
It is impossible for me to separate development work from my faith. What good is it to solve earthly problems, if a person does not know the love of Jesus? Earthly problems are important to address, but they are fleeting. The problem of sin…is a greater problem. A person who knows Jesus will be eternally secure. Development work can and should be used as a vehicle to share the gospel. Let’s solve this problem, and let me tell you about the grace, love, mercy and goodness of Jesus and the cross. Jesus followed this model. He fed the masses, and then he preached to them.
These are only a few of the reasons that development is important to me. It’s all about meeting people where they are, giving them the things they need and deserve, and most importantly, spreading the amazing things the LORD has done.
Enjoy the article… I hope it teaches you as much as it taught and challenged me. 🙂
*PS, to read the article, all you have to do is click on the title of this post 😉