Ever been on a mission trip or service project? The goals for these trips vary from building relationships to serving meals to repairing buildings. But once teams arrive at the site, participants often learn about needs that they didn’t anticipate.
This happened to Warren McGuffin, who went with his San Ramon Valley, California United Methodist Church on a trip to Haiti after the country’s seismic 7.3 earthquake. He saw the kids in the community eating mud pies and realized that feeding the kids every day during their trip wasn’t going to solve the bigger issue of access to food after their team left.
Today, Warren serves as the director of sustainability for the Tomas Food Project, which consists of a school with a solar-powered computer lab that serves as a cybercafé for the community and is providing new infrastructures for water, sanitation and cooking.
Local teachers are being trained to use this new technology and kids at the school are now dreaming futures they didn’t think possible.
Investing in communities. That’s church.
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