Their response was not what I expected. Quite flippantly, they responded, "how great of you to spend your vacation doing humanitarian work." Continuing, they mentioned being told by a number of people how their specialty was needed in lesser developed countries. Unfortunately, "if they're going away, they're going to relax." I drifted back to my defensiveness and didn't mention anything else about my trip (see previous post The Mission at Home) for the rest of our meeting. Even though I have known this person for many years, my opinion was shaken because I expected a level of respectfulness and interest.
Just ten short hours later, I was sitting at dinner in Dallas. To my left was a gentleman who I would have never expected to be genuinely interested in my trips to Guatemala. After all, we were there to discuss integrated business systems and tools. I was able to share about the work that we had done and the great needs that exist.
For his part, he has just launched a coffee company that purposefully donates 5% of the sales proceeds to charitable organizations. Patrons are able to choose to support Christian missionaries, a homeless community ministry, or, as the name would suggest, The Red Panda Network. I would urge you to consider supporting D-Mac on his journey to support those who are making a difference. How much easier could it be to help a greater cause? Just sit back and sip a cup of Red Panda Coffee.
One day, two cities, and two completely different reactions but just what I needed to remind me that there are those who need to hear the message and those who are called to serve.