A couple of years ago while still considering Engineering Ministries International, we read When Helping Hurts by Steve Shadrach. It was good. REALLY good. It ought to be required reading for anyone considering missions work of any type or length, in any context or country. The main point is that when we go out into the developing world to help alleviate poverty, we need to be very cautious to do things that actually empower and enable people to solve their own problems and create their own better future. Otherwise, in the frenzy of our good intentions we very often do more harm than good.
I could write a very long post on this subject, and actually, I did start to do that. But then I realized I was going to go on and on and on and yada yada yada...never mind. The point was really that we just wanted to share this video we watched during orientation. It cracked us up and makes the same point: sometimes our good intentions are not helping in the least and we would be wise to think carefully before acting.
Plus, the part where they start singing "Dare You to Move" is awesome.
From the Keiters:
Here is where we share our daily experiences of how God is using our life in the US and abroad with EMI to draw us closer and to make Himself known.