There is a group of North Point men who are leaving next Thursday to go to Juarez, Mexico to partner with Amor Ministries and local church members to build a house for a family. This is a partnership that began 18 years ago and we are excited to be going back after a three-year hiatus due to the violence in that region.
A number of people (including me!) have asked a great question in recent days. “In light of the tragedy in West, Texas, why are we still going to Mexico? Wouldn’t our effort and money be better spent helping our neighbors just two hours south of us?” Let me try to answer that.
First, we made the commitment, of both money and manpower, to our friends in Juarez months ago. North Point has been right in the middle of this project from the beginning. Amor Ministries asked our church to be the first US group to go back into Juarez with them, since the regional violence caused them to shut down their work back in 2010. We consider it an honor and an obligation to serve in this way.
Second, there’s a practical reason we are not going to West. Right now, there’s really nothing for us to do as “outsiders”. As of last Sunday, the authorities in West have asked for the donation of all supplies of any kind to stop. There has been so much donated, it has created storage and distribution problems for them. They have asked that help be limited to money donations only, for the time being. You can check out the details here, if you want to personally respond:
Also, local and governmental agencies are just now beginning to create a coordinated effort for volunteer relief by individuals, churches, and humanitarian organizations. There have been random groups that have already gone in to help with clean up, but many of those just add to the confusion. It has been my experience with relief effort, that it is best to wait for clear direction from those in charge, before we come to help…especially if we don’t live in the immediate area or have specific, personal contacts.
We are currently discussing the possibility of a “West Relief Work Week” for North Pointers, as soon as the doors open for this kind of work and we are able to find the right agency to partner with. Would you like to be part of a group to lead this effort? Let me know.
Look, we take God’s Word seriously. His command to take the Gospel to all nations is a declaration that God’s love knows no boundaries. There is no nationalism in God’s economy! When it comes to loving and serving and giving, there is no “either/or”, there is only “both/and”. We will help both here at home…and those who have needs outside our borders. It’s what Jesus would do.
We will continue to serve as many as we can, as much as we can, with as much as we have to give. That’s what it means to be part of the North Point family.