people often ask:
What difference can one person make in the world?
But try asking...
What difference can one team make to one community?
And one community to one team?
Look at these young people and adults. In the Netherlands, Kenya, and South Africa...
- They’ve a nice family. And live in a nice house.
- They’re going to a good school. Or they have a good job.
- They’re well-dressed. And have the latest I-phone.
- They’re ungrateful for all that they have. They still complain a lot. About the weather. About slow internet.
- They’re dependant. They can’t live without their cell-phone and Facebook.
- They're ignorant. They’ve never been in a slum or a remote rural village. They only know poor people from television.
- They’re never going to be part of something bigger than themselves.
- They're not going to care about millions of others living in poverty and suffering injustice.
- They're going to live small lives for the rest of their earthly existance.
Then look at these boys and girls. In Bolivia, Ghana, Haiti, Ukraine and Zambia.
- They’re playing. They’re dancing.
- They’re cute. And funny.
- They’re all laughing. They make you smile.
- They’re growing up in an orphanage. Suffering abuse and lacking care.
- They're walking for an hour or more to get water. Or to get to a clinic. Or to go to school.
- They’re not going to school during the winter. Or during the rains. Or during harvest. Or not at all.
- They’re going to get behind in their physical and emotional growth.
- They're going to get pregnant or become drug addicts. And drop out of school.
- They’re going to live in poverty for the rest of their lives.
Do you believe this can change? We do!
See what happens when we get a team of servants into a local community.
- They're laying bricks together. Boys. And girls too!
- They're mixing concrete. People from the team. And people from the community. Side by side.
- They're laughing and learning a lot. About each other's culture. About practices they've never tried before.
- They're talking to each other. About their faith and their God. About life, sex, and relationships.
- They're done! And there's a new building that is clean, safe, and large enough. And it can stand floods. Or hurricanes.
- They're saying goodbye. They wish the team could stay longer. That they'd never have to go!
Now you have changed one team and one community.
See how that difference spreads...
Look again at these boys and girls. In Bolivia, Ghana, Haiti, Ukraine, and Zambia...
- They're taken care of in a family environment.
- They’re going to school all year round.
- They’re better able to concentrate in class.
- They’re staying in school. And doing better there.
- They’re thinking better about how they treat each other.
- They’re going to be a nurse. Or a teacher. Or a lawyer. Or a project manager!
And look at their community...
- They're convinced that things can change. They’ve seen it with their own eyes!
- They’re able and motivated to do a next project on their own.
- They’re putting pressure on the local government to also invest in their community. And getting more support now.
- They're using the new building for community meetings. And for evening classes for adults. And for shelter during hurricanes.
Look again at these young people and adults. In the Netherlands, Kenya, and South Africa...
- They've something real to share on Facebook.
- They’re telling stories that make their friends want to go too. And their family. And their colleagues.
- They’re more involved with their church. Or their company. Or their community. Or their charity.
- They’re going to do something different with their lives. Something with serving others…
This is how we change the world through serving.