A Journey of Service
The peaks and valleys of dedicating your life to serve the less fortunate are many. In many cases, they are indescribable to someone not intimately familiar with the daily activities. Some of the valleys would cause many to say, “Why even go through all that?”, it’s a good question but an even easier answer…It’s God’s work and we are honored to serve.
No one has ever said that working in a non-profit/ministry is supposed to be easy. It’s not, and anyone that tells you that has never been involved with one. There are many additional pressures, challenges, etc. that are not faced in the secular world. You take these pressures and add in the “faith” component and a ministry becomes a handful to control and operate in an efficient and organized manner. Keeping the organization operating at optimum efficiency, requires some very clear processes and structure. Some non-profits and ministries have never had these types of processes before due to being a “mom & pop” operation or suffering from “founder’s syndrome”. The courage to make these adjustments is the first step to optimizing ministry.
If you are a leader or member of a non-profit or ministry, have faith that God has called you into service. Your skills are unique to you and it is important that they be placed in a position to help the organization. Too often people want to volunteer because they love the work, but the organization does not put them in the right position to thrive. Being a non-profit/ministry is no excuse to set people up to fail. The management team must have the courage to put the right people in the right positions. If this is not possible, then they must have the courage to suggest the person volunteer somewhere else. It’s a good example of one of the challenges of this work.
The journey into the world of non-profits can be the most rewarding of your life. The rewards are certainly not monetary, but the honor to be in service to do God’s work motivates our team at Medical Ministry International every day. The ability to see lives changed for the good and know that you had the privilege of being God’s “hands and feet” is something that well exceeds any secular reward.