The Guatemala City Garbage dump community is a fascinating place. When you can take a step back and observe the Missional Context. The Guatemala City garbage dump is home to more than 30 organizations, most providing relief in the form of food, clothing, medical care and educational programs for children. These organizations host nearly 100 short term mission trips each year to this community. While certainly some good has come from this work, this atmosphere has created a challenging environment. There is competition between the organizations for resources and exposure as well as between residents of the community as they compete for those resources. It has also destroyed the dignity of the people by creating a “hand-out” culture of entitlement and dependency. Some have stated they do not need to work because they know where to go to get what they need. It will take a different approach to bring lasting change to this community. For the Love of Missions is grateful that God has opened the door for us to be a part of something different.
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