We regularly get people calling concerned about their kids, family, etc. going to serve on one of our teams. It's totally understandable as how would anyone understand the world outside of their own comfort zone if they have never ventured out before? It's the first step that all of us have had to make that want to impact the less fortunate. It's not easy, but once you have, you will find a whole new world open before your eyes.
We get so excited when someone provides the resources necessary to equip our teams to be more efficient in their work. An example of this is a recent donation from some long time friends so that our MMI Bolivia Team could secure a new bus to transport our teams, patients, etc. throughout the country. Logistics are a big part of what MMI deals with daily, and a gift like this has a huge impact on our ability to optimize the ministry and serve more people.
A new day arises and all of us get up and off to work, shuttle the kids, etc. In areas of extreme poverty, the day begins very different. Imagine having spent most of the night with a sense that you need to stay alert to protect your family and what little resources and materials you have. Your day is one of survival.
There is an old saying that “sometimes its hard to see the big picture from the trees”. It's very easy for a ministry to get caught up in the daily minutia and lose focus on where you are trying to get. Many ministries deal with this every single day and its up to the leadership to stay focused and not let the group get knocked off its desired path.