Change of Awareness
For far too long “missions” at churches have centered around going to some low income country for a week and doing VBS or painting. I am so glad that today many pastors and church goers recognize the toxicity in that. We recognize the importance of long-term relational missions rather than swooping in for one week to do something that someone in the community makes a living doing. We use more care in collecting donations and what we send, making sure it’s needed. We are more aware of how those who are materially wealthy can end up creating hurt if they want to dictate a missions project the way they think is best. We talk about how people who are materially poor have ideas, have assets in the community, and already have solutions figured out, but might need help to implement them. We talk about a person holistically, realizing that serving one problem—like hunger, housing, healthcare, job access, helps to make all the other problems easier to handle. And most importantly, I hope we all learned during this pandemic how close we all are to financial crisis with just a few paychecks.
Associate Pastor Carroll's article appeared in FBC's October newsletter, The Bridge. If you would like to receive a copy of FBC's monthly newsletter via postal mail or email, please contact the FBC office at 502.227.4528 or .