Relationships Aren't Like Speeding Tickets

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rd-155-500x500A few months ago we published a post introducing our plan for Phase II: Investing in our Impresarios. It is meant to answer the question, “So what do you actually do?” This document, however, is only the result of what we do. You all have heard this more than once, but what we really do, deep in the heart of FTF, is commit ourselves to long lasting relationships with others. Father Greg Boyle says, "The truest measure of compassion lies not in our service of those on the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them."

We are trying something radically different - we are proposing that our mission, our central focus, and our reason for existence, be the formation of relationships. This is not a way of achieving a future goal, or becoming a more successful organization - it is the goal, and it is the success of our organization. By genuinely living with and for the poor communities in Guatemala, we have already achieved what we set out to do.

So then what’s all this about investing in entrepreneurial projects if we’re happy achieving authentic relationships? Helping our impresarios, who I now call some of my best friends, is the next logical step after loving them. When a man becomes your brother, how can you not help him like you would your brother? We have the foundation of love, loyalty, and respect to see our projects through to the end and give our impresarios everything we have. We do not focus on products because we know they are only as good as the people who create them. We have no quotas because relationships are not speeding tickets. We have no deadlines because human trust isn't based on the boss's agenda.

We build relationships and then watch something beautiful unfold. Continue following our journey and support us here. And please contact us here johnheers@first-things.org if you feel you can lend us a helping hand as a volunteer. There is much to do, we could use your help! #stopaidstartpeople