After many years of ministering to athletes on every level, I continue to hear coaches talk about players who ‘play the right way.’ For the longest time, I didn’t know what they were talking about. After all, what is the ‘right’ way to play (as opposed to the wrong way) from players in the same level and on the same team? What I’ve come to realize is ‘playing the right way’ means playing for the long haul. In their zeal, players will cut corners in an effort to produce results more quickly. And you know what? It works! Short term playing does often produce short term results. But what these players don’t realize is that while their short term goals are achieved it is actually pulling the rug out from under their long term success. They score the goal but miss the playoffs. They’ve won the battle, but lost the war.
That’s why I give to Haiti H2O. Their aim is winning the war.
I’ve been on almost twenty international missions trips and have, unfortunately, seen many others who give the quick, feel-good approach to their ministry. The short-term ministers get a warm fuzzy feeling and a few stories to tell, while the locals receive trinkets and supplies to last a few weeks. But did they win? No. The locals are now developing a dependency upon the missionaries along with a victim mentality. The short term missionaries meant well, but they were focused on the immediate challenge and not the long term good of the local people.
After twenty years of ministering in the same towns through the same churches, Haiti H2O has discovered how to partner with the Haitian communities for the long term good of those they minister to. They win wars not battles. They play the right way. That’s why I give.
HMI Chapel Coordinator & Chaplain
Marc serves as a full time chaplain for serveral teams in Upstate New York and also helps with the development of chapels within this region. He lives just outside of Buffalo, NY.
Porpilia Family in Bassin Caiman, Haiti 2009