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Monday, September 5, 2011

What Exactly Will We Be Doing?

This is a question that gets asked a lot.  The big picture, the vision is taking a community from pain and disfunction into healthy relationships and hope for a better, brighter future.  But every big picture starts with  smaller ones.  Investing in individuals.  But I can't really explain that as well as the kids who have actually lived it.  They've come through some terrible situations and some still live in them, homes where fear and physical abuse lurk around every corner and streets where gangs and violence are taking the lives of friends and relatives.  For them, the 14 acre property that the Maraba mission runs on is a safe haven where they can learn to play soccer or guitar, be mentored and feel a sense of belonging and that they are loved, unconditionally.

The specifics of what we will do are sometimes as mundane as baking for a bible study night or making food for the youth as they work to build a new roof for someone in the community.  It is about supporting the nationals as they are encouraged and built up to lead their families and their community into a new way of life.

While we were there last year I asked several of them if they would mind me recording them telling their story about life before and after the Maraba Vineyard came.  I have  put two of them in this short video clip.  Please watch it, I think it will give you a better idea of the impact this mission is having on these kids lives.

1 comment:

reintjes1991 said...

Fantastic Jen! Thank you for posting. I will probably be redirecting people here!! :-)