Can’t Do Brown Like You Did White

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This past week we spent 5 days planning for the fall. The first day of planning involved evaluation of the past year. While it was a good year overall, there were definitely a lot of expectations that went unmet. There were many areas of our Destino movement that we wish would have gone better. 

At some point during the meetings one of our staff members made the comment, “You can’t do Brown like you did White.” It was the perfect way to sum up what we’ve been learning. In so many areas we are learning that we can’t keep doing things the way we’ve always done them and expect better results.

Some examples include:

  • Support Raising – For Summer Project the letter writing strategy employed on a typical summer project does not provide all the financial support students need. They must supplement letters with BBQ plate sales, bucket brigades, and other ideas we haven’t thought of yet.
  • Leadership Development – We can’t just focus on ministry skills, we must help students to grow into adulthood. There are significant life lessons that we need to help them walk through (Boundaries; Learning to be Appropriately Assertive; How to Deal with Stress)
  • Church – The majority of our students who are doing well in their walk with the Lord are those who are well connected to a local church. It’s not enough just to have them be attenders. More on this in an upcoming post.

There are many more examples we could list. What are some you have noticed as you have been working with Latinos?

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Posted on May 9, 2011

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A white guy who believes Latinos will change the world, Destinoeric served with Destino from 2008-2013. You can read more of his posts here or on twitter.

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