Building Relationships Comes First
Community Outreach begins with getting to know its individual members.
Several times a week Wando International’s Outreach Coordinator organizes an activity that serves the people of Njeru, a slum community in Uganda. All of Njeru’s members are people living in the worst of conditions on land they can be forced out of at any time. First thing done in an effort to make an impact on their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being…is establishing a personal relationship with them.
Trust in an important factor in this, which is why we engage in ongoing activities in the community. Activities like adult Bible studies, collecting clean drinking water for families, taking teams of students to serve elderly individuals, and spending one-on-one time with surrounding families in the slum.
By coming alongside others and really getting to know them on an individual basis, we begin to uncover the real needs and challenges they face.
By doing so, we also begin to uncover solutions.
Solutions that will not just help them survive in the slum, but solutions to help them help themselves to get out of their current conditions.