There are many approaches to global work. I have been on trips, and I know many who have been on trips. Recent conversations have sparked an awareness that it might be beneficial to share about LoveAIDS' approach.
In my understanding of the biblical text, and in my understanding of ministry and cultural effectiveness, "I have become all things to all people..." and "Run in such a way to get the prize...." refer to specifics when the apostle Paul penned them two thousand years ago.... (1 Corinthians 9:22, 24)
What are those specifics that Paul is referring to? What does it mean to run in such a way to get the prize or to become all thing to all people? Is Paul suggesting that there are ineffective approaches and methods to go about one's work?
Recently I had someone bring up, "You mean you use the public buses?" [Everyone uses the public buses in Costa Rica.]
"You mean there are bars on all the windows?" [Yes, there are bars on all the windows, and all the homes have bars/gates in front of them. That does not mean it is not safe. It is just a cultural normal for every home to be gated.]
"You mean, you don't want to be out past 8 PM unless you a taxi/car?" [Yes. Of course. In almost every country outside of the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, and Western European countries, you do not want to be out past 8 PM unless you use a taxi/automobile.]
The assumption was that because we do not take our U.S. American lifestyle and live the same way in Costa Rica, that it is not safe in Costa Rica to do the work we do. [Anyone who has spent a bit of time in Costa Rica knows that, while it is always wise to be vigilant, to make assumptions like that which aren't based on reality only harms the good work we seek to do.]
Ingrid Anne Stavrica
LoveAIDS would like to remind our partners & public that we are limited in both the stories and photos we can share do to needing to protect patient confidentiality, complying with patient privacy laws originating within both the U.S and the countries we work with.