North Americans are really good at problem solving. However, when we see people in other countries living in poverty with a variety of problems that poverty brings, we often try to jump in to fix the people. Jesus, rather than just fixing problems, spoke grace and salvation into people’s lives that were experiencing problems. We should listen to people, come to understand their pain, and offer a shoulder to cry on rather than just trying to fix them and their problems.
In this short clip from Session 1 of the Missions Dilemma, Oscar Muriu points out how great Americans are at fixing things and having compassion, but also how our culture can stand in the way of truly helping people.
“What I need is a brother who comes and gives me a shoulder to cry on, gives me space to express my pain but doesn’t try and fix me.” – Oscar Muriu