We are in the last days of preparation before we leave on June 1st. We deeply appreciate your prayers for us. Check our Facebook page for updates as we travel (when we have access to the internet).
Our commitment in this mission at Wisdom Community School is to maintain a long-term relationship with the staff, children, and community. Our goal is to see these children come to Christ, to get an education, and to be agents of change in their community and country.
Helping Without Hurting in Short-term Missions, the authors (Steve Corbett, Brian Fikkert) share this perspective, “In contrast to this common view of poverty, low-income people tend to describe their poverty in far more psychological and social terms, often expressing a profound sense of shame, inferiority, helplessness, vulnerability, and social isolation. This disconnect between how we think of poverty and how the poor actually experience poverty is at the heart of the crisis in poverty alleviation efforts. We need a sound diagnosis of the underlying disease of poverty if we are to apply the proper treatment. From a Biblical perspective, poverty is rooted in broken relationships with God, self, others, and the rest of creation.”
We can do very little in one mission trip to make a difference in those problems. But through a long-term commitment, God can work through us to give these children a sense of value and worth, hope for their future, and a vision for being leaders in their country and community to make a difference.
When people go on the missions with us, we see them catch a bigger vision of what God is doing and what He can do through them. We see them continually engage with what is going on at WCS while back at home. We see them looking for ways to spread the news to others. We see pictures of WCS kids and teachers stuck on their refrigerator at home. For those who go, it’s not a “one and done” trip but a passion for personally learning and growing in their relationship to Christ but also to those in need at WCS.
YOUR prayers are vital to our mission!
Our love in Christ,
Donna and Ed Edwards
P.S. Praise for full funding of Mission Zambia 2016!
The water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
LIVING WELL is a life source, not a life style.