A good man has his heart set to reach his community.
The man lives on mountainous slopes near our famous Lake Atitlan here in Guatemala. His 'aldea,' Paquip, was founded in 1847 by 5 families, today it currently boasts 9,500 people. The aldea, or small village, sits at an elevation of 2040 meters above sea level. That would be 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 and would dwarf most every building in the Solola region.
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 this community with Christ's love.
Let's consider how missions could be done well.
Before we ask 3 questions of how to maximize a trip, let's consider an excerpt from a book 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.”