Safe water is about relationships…and so is the rest of life.

August 19, 2010

So there’s a great article from Dr. Jonathan Mitchell over at Ministry Spotlight on the importance of relationships in helping the developing people have continuing access to clean water.  He uses the principles developed by Brian Fikkert’s “When Helping Hurts” to show that we can’t just treat the symptoms of poverty, but have to address the deeper underlying issues.

As I gear up for the coming school year, I’ve been meeting with lots and lots of potential volunteers, casting vision for what it means to love middle school students in the name of Christ.  Over and over I’ve talked about relationships as being a (if not the) core component of our ministry model.  If we get students amped up about a specific program or get them to be able to spout specific pieces of information, or not spout certain four letter words, transformation will not have occurred.  We will only have addressed the symptoms.  But if we connect in relationships that model Christ’s incredible love for us, then we have the opportunity to speak to the deeper root issue for us as humans:  our relationships with God, with others, with creation, and even with ourselves are all broken.

When and how have you been investing in relationships recently?

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