As I reported recently, I’ve been asked to serve on the board of a local ministry, MIR, who serves other ministries in the city be providing administrative services, program help, and connections with Western volunteers. Here is a summary of my first day (April 20th) going in to see how I could help:
- For some reason, this had never occurred to anyone else.This is a gift of our American culture – thinking outside the box. Masha and her husband (who is developing this project and will run it) actually do think creatively, I might add. They are proving a delight to work with.
- Even if they had thought of it, the idea of so aggressively putting it into a proposal like I did sometimes doesn’t happen. Plus, as the recipients of such help, they can feel in the lower position (though Westerners don’t want them to feel this way, and I’m not saying they did in this case).
- Although this isn’t that formal a process, the Americans need the proposal in a form that addresses their needs and concerns. Americans have a specific way they want proposals to look, and it just takes some learning. Masha and Tanya immediately went to work and put together some great reports, and then I helped them understand what is wanted from the other side. I have a lot of experience in grant writing and grant reviewing, so…
- This was pretty much a God day, confirming that He has sent me in this direction.