On our trip to Honduras with eMi in September of 2012 we witnessed something remarkable and yet very unremarkable. We saw Hondurans join hands with Americans to educate and disciple children who came from heart-rending poverty.
Escuela el Sembrador is a working farm school where underprivileged youth are able to receive a college-preparatory education, learn business skills, and grow as men and women of God. At the time of our visit, the director, a native Honduran, shared with us his heart and vision for his country. He told us that each year thousands of young people leave Honduras hoping for a better life elsewhere. Sometimes they find it and they send home extra money to those family members they left behind, but they rarely return. His point was this: how does a country get better if its young people leave? Yes, they send home money, but that just creates a welfare mentality among those who remain. No, Honduras's issues of poverty, addictions, and violence will not be solved by a generation that leaves it. It will only be solved when an educated and empowered generation stays.
By now you have probably seen and read news reports on the current border crisis in the southwest. While my heart goes out to any person whose life is so miserable that they would risk making such a dangerous journey to reach the US, I fully believe that telling our leaders to open those borders wide is the wrong answer. If we truly want to help those locked in a prison of poverty we need to aid people on the front lines who are fighting the real war. The people who have given over their lives to bring hope and healing. It is a slow process, to be sure. But having gone ourselves and hugged a few necks, spoken with a few workers, and glimpsed evidence of changed lives, we can tell you that being part of the solution on that end is far more rewarding than hoping some politicians do something on this end.
Maybe you cannot go to Honduras or Jamaica or any of those places, but you can help send those who are going or aid those who are already there. Maybe you can donate to a missionary or project with IsleGo Missions, help a student at El Sembrador through World Gospel Mission, or sponsor a child through Compassion International. The best things happen when those who are in the country and know the culture are given the resources they need to be fruitful. Speaking from even our teensy little bit of experience, we can testify that when you are the one helping to provide those resources is when the best things will happen in your own life.
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