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Missionaries are not colonists, we are servants. We are not here to take, but to give. I don’t want to own their land, make money off of their natural resources, or make them look or act like me. I don’t want to control them, I don’t even want to lead them. I want to help them, to give them access to God’s Word, and the ability to read. I want them to see that eating too many mangoes does not cause malaria, but sleeping under a mosquito net helps. And I am doing my best to work myself out of a job. I want to see Kwakum men and women leading their own people in all of these things.

Dave Hare, “3 Internet Accusations Against Missionaries” (Nov 25, 2018)

“God’s most magnificent creation” /

“God’s most magnificent creation”

We stand in awe of the ocean,
The thunderstorm,
The sunset,
The mountains;
But we pass by
A human being
Without notice
Even though
The person
Is God’s most
Magnificent
Creation.

—Augustine

Quoted in Duane Elmer, Cross-Cultural Connections (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), 93.