23 Jan A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
It’s been awhile since our last newsletter, but that doesn’t mean we’ve been idle. God has been teaching us a lot about ourselves, and those He has called us to serve. Eight years ago when my wife and I started to lay the groundwork for Revealing Hope Ministries and consider what the Lord was leading us to do, it was mostly in the context of relief work. There is no doubt Colombia has had a troubled and convoluted history, however, the evidence of a real crisis is not as apparent today as it once was. Relief is not necessarily the answer, but that doesn’t mean we neglect the afflicted either. As we gain wisdom on how to labor cross-culturally it’s become increasingly clear it’s only through long term sustained relationships, coupled with the reconciliation that only God can offer, that will transform lives and strengthen communities; that’s been the vision from the very beginning.
Rooted in Matt 25:34-40, our mission is a five point mission statement that address both the horizontal relationships we have with people and the vertical relationship we have with God. As we pray and discern appropriate methods of action and ways to help, the focus needs to be more on the development of programs that won’t foster dependency. Creating a culture of dependency will leave the individual or community in worse condition than before we started. Even in our shortcomings, God has blessed His work through Revealing Hope Ministries because He is the one receiving the glory. We haven’t done everything perfect, but we continue to push forward and be faithful to what God has entrusted to us. I love the quote by the late Ralph D Winters, “if it’s worth doing, its worth doing poorly”. I would add – “if it’s worth doing, its worth doing poorly,than not at all”. God has called us to do our part. Will you partner with us?