A couple of friends of mine from my college days have spent the last several years investing in local leaders in places often overlooked. Meeting real needs, developing leaders, and helping catalyze communities of faith, ServLife has always encouraged and inspired me (and so many others). To catch a glimpse of who they are, check out these values:
- We are brokers – We aim to match needs of the developing world with resources shared from the affluence of the developed world.
- We are implementers – In the face of need, we choose action rather than observation since faith without expression is meaningless.
- We are artists – We embrace creativity, knowing that our Creator uses innovation and beauty to inspire and mobilize to action. As Henry David Thoreau wrote, “This world is but a canvas to our imaginations.”
- We are strategists – We work intentionally for the best and most enduring solutions, not what’s easy or status quo.
The North American church would be so much healthier if we sought to raise up indigenous leaders in the same manner.
Joel Vestal has always reminded me of an Indiana Jones of the mission world! Check out his book Dangerous Faith!