Road Trip!


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I’m testimony to the fact that we live in the age of text messages and tweets. In fact, my last short term missions team was almost completely planned through Twitter, but, here in the Yucatan, there is still something special about that face to face meeting.

Yesterday was a case in point. Teaming up with Abel Can and Miriam Pech, our District Missions Director and Coordinator of Ministry to Ethnic Groups respectively, along with the support and training of Power to Change, we’re committed to planting churches among the Maya of the Yucatan. To make this vision a reality, we need the cooperation of several local pastors. These pastors are doing more than simply taking a course or receiving materials, they’re committing their congregations to the task of planting new, Maya speaking works, specifically 12 in the next year. This kind of request can’t be made via cell phone. It required a road trip.

As you can see from the map above, we started the trip at 7:30 AM in Merida. We made our way to 5 towns, speaking with pastors at each spot. Each meeting was face to face, explaining the plan and clarifying questions. The personal visit broke down barriers immediately. The time in each location enabled us form working relationships with each minister. Fifteen hours and 455 miles later, we were able to confirm the participation of seven additional pastors in this church planting movement.

But the time on the roads was much more than the task at hand. It was a chance to spend time with fellow laborers and hear their heart as well. At the pastor’s meeting in Tahdizbichen, I sat back and listened as Abel encouraged the pastors to expand their vision, to look beyond the four walls of the church and to seek to fulfill the Great Commission. The time spent on the roads was more than worth it to hear his message.

Sure, I’m still committed to tweeting with the best of them, but I’m also a firm believer that technology will never replace the value of the personal visit.

How about you? Do you agree, or do you think that technology will make personal meeting obsolete? Let’s hash out the pros and cons in the comments section.

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2 comments

  1. Andrew’s avatar

    I’m starting to dip my thumbs into text messaging (via Google Voice since that’s free) but I still believe that a phone call is more valuable than a text. So I’m a long way away from thinking tech will make personal contact obsolete. I’m not even showing the fixed-up version of our new house via the Internet since I think it would be more exciting–and worth the wait–to see in person.

  2. David Godzwa’s avatar

    Thanks for weighing in, Andrew.

    I think that your comment is reflective of a maturing of our expectations for tech. Gone are the days when we believed that it would solve all of the worlds problems and bring people from all over the world closer. There are just certain things that need to be experienced in person or worked out face to face. I’m just glad that our in-person viewing of your new house is coming sooner than later.

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