Let’s be honest—in our world of instant gratification, we want quick fixes, and often, we’re uncomfortable relying on other people to get things done.
But what happens when, with good intentions, we try to help communities in need, and end up doing more harm than good? What happens when the programs we implement and the buildings we build aren’t championed by the local community, and therefore, don’t last?
There has to be a better way:
At VisionTrust, we want to honor God by partnering with local Christian leaders to develop thoughtful interventions that truly address community needs. After all–who better to consult than leaders who know the community and already have experience serving kids in their area?
While this process can be tedious at times, we believe that putting in the effort proactively is the only way to create real and sustainable change.
Take, for example, the recent establishment of a new health center in Zimbabwe:
A new health clinic in Zimbabwe:
Although the clinic, which opened in August, took three years to complete, this lengthier process allowed us to consult with locals and gain community support. Even the local government gave its stamp of approval and offered to staff the clinic with qualified nurses.
Our efforts alone cannot keep a clinic like this up-and-running. That’s why, by working alongside our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe, we’ve allowed locals to champion the project and to develop a sense of ownership over the clinic. Ultimately, it is this support from the community that will sustain this health clinic well past its grand opening.
Like David tells us in Psalm 27, “Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” Yes, good things can take time–but in that case, let us continue to take our time.
Join us in praising God for His provision, and praying that this clinic will serve the community of Chasiyatende, Zimbabwe well.