“Discover your zone and stay there. Then delegate everything else.” Andy Stanley, Next Generation Leader
To be honest, the above is hard for me. I like to be in control, and handing over responsibilities to others is uncomfortable. I have long lived according to… “If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself”. I have come to realize that for me, in my role, that attitude is a tool of Satan. I am trying everyday to force myself to let go, and empower others to do what only they can do. It is self defeating for me to try and do everything. I’ve tried. It doesn’t work. I must focus on my zone, and let us others do everything else. Together, we will accomplish abundantly more.
I love the RMI Haitian Staff. I believe in them. They are able to do immeasurably more. The sad but common paternalistic Western mindset is that “we” are the experts, and the Haitians can support what “we” are doing. We (RMI) are working hard to break that stereotype. Change is difficult as it requires risks, it will undoubtedly generate some failures as we try new things, and it will likely produce temporary discomfort, but it is worth it. I want to serve the Haitian people as they serve their own people. Since RMI is at it’s core both American and Haitian, I believe we will forever need both Americans and Haitians working in tandem. But, it is about “us” (American and Haitian), not “we” (American) and “them” (Haitian). I love that both more and more US Missionaries are coming on board, and more and more Haitian staff are coming on board to fulfill “our” calling together.
Will you pray for our Haitian staff as they are being empowered everyday to do more? As we missionaries are freed up through delegation, would you pray for us to discover our zone and stay there?