So Much For A Mission Statement…

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So Much For A Mission Statement...

a post by Ian Krohn

I have written in the past that one of the greatest assets to being a small charity is our ability to have what some call “God Room”.  I have been a part of ministries (and companies for that matter) whose size necessitates rather rigid and inflexible rules and protocols.  We are naturally drawn to manmade structures and systems and even at Masana we have a few.  But the more time we spend in community and the more we get to know the God of Abraham and Isaac the more we feel like He gets a good giggle out of our 5 year plans and our organizational structure.  Whenever we implement new rules and regulations around here we often do so with the understanding that if He moves (or so much as whispers) our structures should bend or even crumble.  Our rules have just crumbled again…

One of the things that we face in this line of work is the failings of other well-intentioned organizations and individuals.  We take in a lot of kids who are products of other peoples’ visions for fixing this city’s street population.  Many of our boys come from orphanages or centers.  A lifestyle that is often times as difficult to break as that of the streets.  We all had an feeling that this was the case for most of our boys years back we started out on this journey, so we promised ourselves that this would not be our mission.  That instead our fight would be to reunite boys with their own families, not create a substitute for them.  It has been this commitment that has yielded a great deal of success (and failures no doubt) for this loving community of ours.  At the end of the day I think we have contributed less to the culture of kids hopping from program to program, center to center, than we would have if such a mission hadn’t been at our core.  But like I said: some rules are made to be broken.

You see often times kids don’t fit into the program.  Often times their stories and their lives are far more complicated than our mission statement can encompass, so we allow for a bit of flexibility.  Just two weeks back our flexibility was put to the test as we were confronted with another boy whose life’s trajectory does not fit within our normal program.  And it’s during these chapters of our charity’s story that I am glad we are all willing to listen to that little whisper, that little tug in the unexpected direction.  We would like to introduce to you the most recent addition to our home and our community, Arsenio.  We don’t know what the end looks like for Arsenio or the five others we have been blessed enough to call sons.  What we do know is that something is stirring in this little community of ours and thankfully we serve a God that is big enough to turn the most heart-breaking and confounding of situations into something beautiful.  And often times our only job is to be flexible enough to go along for the ride…