The original Fans on Mission post introduced the Auburn/Alabama hats. Our sewing team is in Belize. They are honoring a request from the women of Santa Teresa who wanted to learn how to make hats. We thought fans of rival schools ought to be able to put some of those fan funds to really good use. Ordering hats made by the women of Santa Teresa is a win/win. However, some of our pictures just happened to show a perfect example of something much more important than hats.
Our mission team is teaching in three different ways. We are teaching pastors. Our men are doing construction work, and part of that is building chairs for a local church. They are teaching others to make the chairs. Our ladies are teaching others to make hats. And by the way, not all of them are fan hats!
What happens when one of the local people begins to teach another local person how to do what they have just learned? Our work is multiplied. There were many women interested in learning the skills necessary to make hats. The chair design our mission team took is simple to build, fairly inexpensive, and well liked by the locals. The pastors are being challenged in their thinking and they will pass that on to others. The mission multiplies and everyone is helped.
What is happening in Santa Teresa is supposed to be happening all over the world. However, it’s necessarily supposed to be about hats and chairs. One person who has learned to walk with the Lord, listen to Him, and obey Him teaches another to do the same thing. That one teaches another. Jesus called it making disciples and said all of us should be doing it.
Soli Deo Gloria!