28 Oct Join the Team In: Service
Lahash is growing, and we are eager to connect with people who might be ready to JoinTheTeam, as staff members or as volunteers! This is the last of a three-part blog series that will help you get a sense of what it’s like to work at Lahash. Check out Lahash.org/JoinTheTeam for our current openings!
At Lahash, we serve as a team, supporting our fellow brothers and sisters in East Africa as well as in our local community.
When Lahash staff and volunteers travel to East Africa, we focus on serving in ways that build relationships. We seek out opportunities to support and encourage the staff at our partner ministries, all of whom are tireless servants themselves. We visit homes and churches, connecting in ways that lift up and dignify those we meet. There is no expectation that service will be comfortable or easy, but rather that it will be messy, challenging, and humbling. The challenges of service are worth it for many reasons, not the least of which is seeing the image of God reflected in many unique ways – through the eyes of a sick child, at a community meal, in hearts joined by a shared purpose.
Mandee Campos, coordinator of Lahash’s Servant Teams program, explains service through a Trinitarian framework. “God is his own community. One single person alone cannot reflect a triune god, and because of that relationship, community is extremely important in reflecting the image of God… In community development, the more we’re in community, the more we can serve.”
While we do place a strong emphasis on travel to East Africa, it is important to remember that the work we do locally in Portland is service-based as well. We demonstrate Christ’s love by serving each other within our local team. And even serving through mundane tasks gives others a chance to learn about and join in the work we are doing on behalf of the vulnerable.
Servant Teams is one Lahash program designed specifically for local and global service. Servant Teams is comprised of young people who spend a year in mission, first in Portland, and then in East Africa. Beginning in the fall, the team receives academic training in missional theology with experience-based community development for four months in Portland. Then, after learning about domestic community development practices, they travel to East Africa to serve in an international context.
“For people thinking about doing missions, they always think of going abroad, but the Servant Teams program is meant to show people that you can also do stuff here in your community,” said Campos.
“We’re made to be social and relational beings, so the reason we serve others is because we’re a community,” said Campos.
1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” Whether it’s at a desk in Portland or on a dusty road in East Africa, joining the Lahash team is becoming a servant.