Some conversations with friends and various articles I have come across recently have had me thinking about those who stay behind when a missionary leaves for the field.
When at the library this weekend, I found a biography of Paul Farmer while waiting for Daisy to select her stack of books. Paul Farmer is a doctor who has done amazing work with the poorest of the poor in Haiti as well as in the international community. It was a good read about an inspiring man who has made monumental changes in the treatment of drug-resistant TB around the world, among other diseases. Dr. Farmer strongly believes in Matthew 25 about helping the least of these who are hungry, thirsty, naked, sick or in prison. He doesn’t think someone should receive lesser medical care just because they are poor or live in a developing country, and he has worked tirelessly toward changing this mindset.
One of his friends and financial partners once said to him, “You know, Paul, sometimes I’d like to chuck it all and work as a missionary with you in Haiti.” Paul’s response was, “In your particular case, that would be a sin.” Each of us is needed where we can have the most impact. For some of us that is on the field, and for others, that is at home. Lives of service depend on lives of support. Partners are a necessary part of the work.
In the same way, we cannot do any work in Guatemala without support here at home. There are three ways to partner with us:
1. Spiritually: We truly need and dearly covet your prayers. The final book we were given to read before training (which I never got around to reviewing on here because I finished it halfway through training), had a wonderful article about this. It talked about how God’s work is more affected by the prayers of people back home than it necessarily is by the people on the field. This is a VERY important part—not only for our family’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, but also for the success of our project.
2. Relationally: Although we will have intensive training in Spanish before we get to Guatemala and will be able to converse on a working level with most people, we will not really have others there we can talk with about everything. Partnering relationally involves not only reading our newsletters, but also keeping in touch with us. We will have e-mail and, as long as the internet is sufficient, a phone with a US phone number. I’m sure just hearing from friends and family occasionally about things back home and other goings on will be wonderful encouragement for us—keeping us going in our tasks.
3. Financially: I put this last because although it is important in that we can’t go without it, without the first two pieces, the money to get us there would be very ineffective. If someone were to donate the entire sum we need and we went on our merry way, but had no one holding us up in prayer or connecting with us, we would be challenged to complete our task—if we could do it at all.
As you prayerfully consider partnering with us, please know that each of our partners—no matter how much or little they may give financially—is an absolute necessary part of our mission.
To partner with us financially, you may use the links on the right side of this page. If you would like to partner with us spiritually or relationally or prefer to mail in a donation, you may find information for doing that on our Partnering page.