There is a long and embarrassing tradition of missionaries or relief workers – mostly “White” folks – swooping down on a community and telling the inhabitants what they are going to do solve all of their problems. I hope I am never one of “those” people. Hopefully, though, I can facilitate action with what little I’ve learned about pastoral care and conflict transformation and public policy… and maybe a few other things I’ve picked up along the way.
I don’t have all the answers. I may not have any of the answers. Maybe Jesus had all of the answers to life’s problems, but we still haven’t quite figured out how to follow him. God probably has all of the answers, but She hasn’t shared them with me – or at least, not enough for me to think I’m going to single-handedly transform the world. I’d like to help, though.
Most of all I want to carry with me my conviction that people are important, and that God never, ever gives up on them. I want to get that message across to those who think they are somehow more important to other people, but most of all I want to get that message across to those who think they don’t matter, or that God has abandoned them. Maybe if I can do that they will have the courage to use their own skills and knowledge and build something beautiful… together.