November 23, 2011

Why HANDS? How HANDS Trips Actively Engage Supporters

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For the month of November, our blog is featuring weekly posts discussing the challenges and benefits of HANDS short-term mission projects. Stay tuned next Wednesday for the last post of the series!

Whether you are newly involved in EduDeo Ministries or a long-time supporter, you have likely considered various ways to join in the ministry of transformation through Christ-centered education. Perhaps you have decided to more intentionally pray for children in need of quality, gospel-rooted education. Perhaps you have been prayerfully led to designate general financial gifts to EduDeo’s ministry. Perhaps you’ve even been prompted to sponsor a locally run association of Christian schools in a developing country. Praise God for such faith in action!

But perhaps you’ve also felt the need to take a more on-the-field approach to engaging with and serving those in need. This is where HANDS short-term service and learning trips come in.

Through HANDS trips, people who already support EduDeo’s ministry can actively engage in the work. In recent years, Christians of many different ages and backgrounds have increasingly requested to go on mission trips to gain hands-on, personal experience. They want to see first-hand the difference Christ-centered education is making in the developing world. In order to address this growing desire, EduDeo has been very intentional about developing an appropriate, God-glorifying method of engaging with our partners around the world.

EduDeo provides instruction not only for HANDS participants to help in a positive way, but also aligns teams with well-established and committed indigenous ministries already doing a great job on their own. With additional interaction and finances, these ministries truly are enabled to do so much more.

Serving on a HANDS team is by no means the only way to get involved in transforming lives through Christian education. There are countless ways to actively advance the gospel to those in need. But we believe HANDS trips are a unique, essential method of making a long-term impact through a short-term opportunity. We have seen, and continue to see, lives transformed by the experience as supporters gain a new and personal compassion for serving those in in need. Their active engagement also allows them to learn from and fellowship with a Christian individual, student, teacher or school community on the other side of the globe.

HANDs trips bring ministry engagement right to the field level, offering Canadian Christians an amazing answer to the question “What can I do to serve my brothers and sisters in need?”—GO!

For discussion: if you have been on a HANDS short-term mission trip, did it strengthen your connection to brothers and sisters in developing countries? How would you compare it to other ways of getting involved in EduDeo’s ministry a method of of active engagement?  Share your thoughts by leaving a comment—we’d consider it a privilege to hear from you.

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