One of the beauties of holism is that it moves us beyond a project mind-set.
As we heard about in the last post, a holistic approach gives us a chance to look at life in terms of relationships. What are the broken pieces of each other’s lives? Where do the relationships need reparation? This forces us to change the glasses we are looking at the world through.
It is easy in a fast-paced, urgent, and results-driven society to begin falling into ‘project mind-set’ as we call it. The questions that we ask, and the results that we are measuring, often have more to do with quantitative, tangible data on a project than they do with true transformation. And this observation comes from a lover of data and analytics. While these tools of measurement are highly valuable (and really cool to study and digest I might add), they don’t tell the whole story. A question that we have to ask ourselves as a faith-based nonprofit is – Are we seeing people’s lives and relationships being repaired?
If so, then we are beginning to move beyond a world where we view Africa, Asia, parts of South America, and Eastern Europe as projects that need fixing. Let’s be honest, only God can “fix” and repair the brokenness in these areas, and in our own lives too. We’re still a part of His plan though. We get to be agents for change that (and self-confession here) need reminded to love our neighbors as ourselves.
I don’t want to be viewed as a project for someone to come in and work on. I’d rather have a neighbor care enough to help me find work, to listen to me when I’m frustrated, to make me feel safe, to point me toward the only One who can offer true peace. The same is true of our neighbors around the world. If we can begin to see them as people just like us, who have likely experienced brokenness beyond what we can imagine, we’ll see the true beauty of a holistic approach toward world-missions.