We enjoyed having KJ Appelt teach this week. We got to learn what community development is and how it could look. We also saw the passion KJ has for this. It was great to have a little change up in the classroom setup as we had the pleasure of having class together with the DTS.
The week started with KJ changing the view a lot of us have on poverty. Many of us view poverty as a lack of material things, but it has a lot to do with broken relationships. If you view it that way many of us are suffering in poverty on different levels. Sin has come into our lives and broken our relationship with God, others, self, and creation. So now the challenge is how we can restore these broken relationships. When it comes to community development we need to focus on the person and not only on what they lack in material things. It’s key to build relationships with the people we want to help.
We also learned it’s not just about helping people—we also need to give others the chance to give. I personally loved when KJ said, "We need to work ourselves out of a job". We need to work alongside the people we are helping so they can do it themselves and we can move on knowing they won’t fall back to where they were before.
KJ shared with us her passion for the ministry she is involved in called Justice Water. She informed us about the water crisis around the world and we saw her heart breaking as she shared with us. Seeing this stirred up a passion in us to go out and do something. KJ showed us one of the things Justice Water does to help villages have safe, clean water—a Bio-sand filter. We had the opportunity to make a small version of one. I watched the DTS students getting excited because they will be doing this while they are on outreach.
On the weekend we relaxed and enjoyed playing games and did some Just Dance. We had a great time just having fun and sharing funny stories. Now that we are well rested we are ready for the new week.
Rachel for the SOMLD