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So was it worth it?

March 14, 2014

I think anyone who goes on/ supports a mission wonders if what they did mattered. I heard a quote once that said “I’d rather fail than succeed at something that doesn’t matter”.

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to spend some time with our friend Onesphore. Onesphore is the director Harvest for Christ Burundi, the group we partner with in Africa. When we were there last spring, Onesphore stayed with our group for 10 days as we traveled around Burundi and assisted the Batwa village in Bugenyuzi. He was in the US for several weeks and came to our area for a visit.

Although our initial mission in Africa was just 9 months ago, our visit seemed to set in motion some very interesting and encouraging developments in the village.

“I’d rather fail than succeed at something that doesn’t matter”

Below is a video interview with Onesphore. The first part gives some historical perspective of the relations between the Hutu, Tutsi, and Batwa during the colonization, independence, and the resulting civil wars and genocides of the 70s and 90s. The second part talks about initiatives in quality of life and mortality rates.

So was it worth it? I like to think so. Thanks so much to everyone who helped make this possible. Watch this video and grasp the scope of what your prayers, support, and encouragement helped set into motion. It’s nothing short of remarkable.

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When we were there we assisted villagers in the building of 2 mud/tile houses. Since then:

  • Local villagers built 8 more structures using materials that we help supply.
  • Harvest for Christ was able to establish a partnership with a nearby clinic to gain access to some basic medical care which is a game-changer.
  • Above all the village is beginning to trust and view us and HFC as partners. This is huge and often a very slow process. HFC worked for several years, building relationships to a point where the village would allow any outsiders, let alone white Americans, to come in and assist. Our team had the privilege of stepping thru that door. Yeah, it was so worth it.

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