A good man has his heart set to reach others.
This man lives on mountainous slopes near the famous Lake Atitlan of Guatemala. His 'aldea,' Paquip, was founded in 1847 by 5 families, today it currently boasts 9,500 people. This aldea, or small village, sits at an elevation of 2040 meters above sea level. That means this pastor's house perches at the same elevation as if two Republic Plazas were stacked on top of each other in the city of Denver. The 714 foot Republic Plaza of Denver, Colorado is the highest building in any of the mountain west states of the USA.
What does Colorado have to do with this Guatemalan pastor?
Ascent Church of Colorado Springs, CO and some Paquip churches have decided to work together in reaching the community with Christ's love. What will it take to git 'er dun?
Before we ask 3 questions of how to maximize a trip, let's consider an excerpt from a book I'm reading called
When Helping Hurts.
"…mission expert Miriam Adeney relates a story told to her by an African Christian friend:
Elephant and Mouse were best friends. One day Elephant said,
“Mouse, let’s have a party!”
Animals gathered from far and near. They ate. They drank. They sang. And they danced. And nobody celebrated more and danced harder than Elephant. After the party was over, Elephant exclaimed, “Mouse, did you ever go to a better party? What a blast!” But Mouse did not answer.
“Mouse, where are you?”
Elephant called. He looked around for his friend, and then shrank back in horror. There at Elephant’s feet lay Mouse. His little body was ground into the dirt. He had been smashed by the big feet of his exuberant friend, Elephant. “Sometimes, that is what it’s like to do mission with you Americans,” the African storyteller commented. “It is like dancing with an Elephant.”
3 Questions To Consider:
What is our Creator ALREADY DOING in the community?
Are you ready to GIVE YOURSELF?
How will you DANCE?