I admit, sometimes I get caught up in the numbers. Sometime it stems from comments people make to me but mostly I want to be a good steward of the Lords' money.
I struggled with the numbers the first leg of our trip. Our first stop was in Falmouth, Jamaica. It was our first visit to this country. Most of the teachers invited to the training could not attend due to their church holding VBS and they were needed. We graduated 10 teachers and seen about 60 children. Those 10 women play a big part in their communities as Sunday School and School Teachers, youth leaders, home bible study for kids, and a school for homeless children. They recognized the importance of sharing the knowledge with others.
The second location we visited was in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. Here we graduated 23 teachers and seen 200+ kids. A handful of these teachers were repeats. They shared with us how the previous teaching had helped them in their Schools and Sunday School teachings and they came to absorb more of the teaching.
The church host shared that when foreigners come it draws people in. Some come knowing they get a gift or a meal. Your donations are used for our travel, room and board. But it is also to give teachers material resources for their classrooms, children receive crafts and to feed them all not only spiritually but also meeting their physical hunger so they can hear the Word of the Lord.
So, exactly who are we and why are we do missions?
Mission Statement: We are designed to help children’s teachers in developing world share the Gospel of Jesus Christ amongst children of every tribe, nation, people and language.
Statement of purpose: Fifty5five’s end goal of missions work is the Glory of God. Our motivation is not that we would go to offer children a cup of water that they might be thirsty again, rather that we go to help children’s teachers offer water which will become to children a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
Did we accomplish our mission? Matthew 25:40 tells us, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me'. I believe each and every one of those attendees matter to our Lord. That we should not worry about the numbers, but what God has called us to do. After all, He multiplied the loaves and fish, He will surly multiply the teaching.
Thank you for your donations and prayers. They are truly the back bone of this ministry. Thank you for allowing us to be the feet of Jesus.