An Aboriginal Australian woman once said, “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
We often reflect on this quote as it describes how we approach international work. This Aboriginal Australian woman describes her need as wanting others to work with her and walk along side of her. She does not want others to enter her community and do things for her, but she wants to work together toward the goal she has set. This quote sticks with us as we begin this new experience and continue our international work. We are here to serve the children and caregivers of Building a Caring Community, but we will listen to their ideas, we will follow their lead, and we will walk alongside this community in an effort to work toward their goals.
Over the years the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has shifted their vision of what it means to be servants in the world. Please check out the link to see a great visual of how missionaries have shifted their focus over the years.
John & Melissa