One of the reasons For The Love of Missions supports local leaders in their vision for their community is because they are living out a ministry of presence in their communities. A ministry of presence takes time (sometimes lots of time) to allow relationships to grow organically and not be forced. The Guatemalan leaders we support have made a long term commitment to the communities they serve because they know it is crucial to allow relationships to grow and deepen naturally.
While the situations facing their neighbors can be overwhelming, these leaders are experiencing the truth that often people just want to be heard and understood. This can be contrary to our human nature which often wants to rush in with a solution to the problem. Sometimes simply listening and being present allows a neighbor to find their voice and strength to find their own solutions.