By Wanda Parker
$76 million dollars -wow! That money has been used to do a lot of good. Like the mosquito nets for Africa – they will produce lasting results because they give life. But what about where much of the other money went to purchase material things that won’t have lasting results?
The question always must be – what are the real needs of the people? How can this money be used to meet the real needs not just the felt needs.
I loved seeing the smiles of the kids at the Boys and Girls Club – but I couldn’t help but wonder if the balls and other things that were purchased were what the kids really needed? (I have a love for the Boys and Girls Clubs my husband was a Director for many years in several clubs.)
It is so easy to give material goods when what is really needed is human love – but that is more difficult and more expensive to give.
BUT IT IS ALSO MORE LASTING AND WILL MAKE THE GREATEST DIFFERENCE.
That is why KidTrek is determined to put missionaries into churches to mentor at-risk kids. We are finding it is much easier to get money to buy balls, computers, tutoring materials, games, toys than it is to raise money to pay salaries for loving adults to pour into the lives of kids.
Children need long-term relationships with adults who are productive, empathetic and wise. These are the characteristics we want to see replicated in children that they too become self-sufficient adults.
Below is a chart showing some of the real needs kids have if they are going to become the self-sufficient adults we all hope they will be.
· They need to learn how to handle:
|· They will need to have:|
|o Winning||o A work ethic|
|o Losing||o Critical thinking skills|
|o Pain – both physical and emotional||o Knowledge of biblical truth|
|o Anger||o Integrity|
|o Empathy||o Honesty|
|o Grief||o Discernment of justice|
|o Responsibility||o Restraint.|
|o Disappointment||o Trust|
|o Decision making||o Self-Initiative|
|o Peer pressure||o Industriousness|
|o Joy||o Know Who They Are|
|o Sadness||o Love|
|o Love||o Forgiveness|
|o Forgiveness||o Generosity|
Material goods won’t produce self-sufficient adults. It takes self-sufficient, loving, godly adults able to walk through life with them who can model living, who will challenge them, who know where to go to get the unique help each kid needs. It takes money to pay salaries so these adults can pour into the lives of at-risk kids who don’t have primary nurturers who can provide this kind of nurturing.
Would you like to help KidTrek to put missionaries in churches by financially supporting a missionary – click here.
If you think that Jesus Christ might be calling you to be a missionary – click here.
If you would like to host a get-together in your home so others can hear the vision of KidTrek – click here.