We went to the build site today to dedicate the classroom we built. We all gathered around and prayed over the building. It was a moving experience. In the words of one of team members Sam Laymon. “As I laid my hands on the building and begin to pray i could see generations of students coming in and out of that building.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself. Our goal at Global Reach (The missions arm of Church of the Harvest) is to have long term impact. Even though we take short term missions we want to have long term impact. So when I partner with people I want to be someone who has a proven track record and great vision for the future. Then we purposely work on projects that will benifit long term. Like, instead of just doing a crusade, we do events through the local church and center everything around that so when we are gone, whatever we have done short term, has pointed people to a more long term connection.
Like instead of renting equipment for an event, buying the church some equipment then use it, then when you leave they have the long term effect of this new piece of equpipment, instead of a one or two night event of rentals.
Building classrooms at Watoto ensures, literal generations of orphans will be cared for, educated, as well as encourage to lead using biblical principles and leadership.
Short term trip, long term impact. God is good, and thats it.