1 out of every 6 people in the world remain trapped in extreme poverty, living on less than $1.25 USD per day?
So why ROW?
ROW’s goal is to serve the human, physical, and spiritual needs of others in an atmosphere of mutual concern and respect. As you can see from our website, our opportunity to serve is based on a thorough evaluation process and local partnership. ROW isolates the specific challenges that often cripple remote-access communities (and impede their opportunities to develop sustainability). ROW fights against poverty and the lack of access through “holistic” care, empowering communities to thrive independently within a model that is reproducible from one local community to another.
What keeps ROW afloat?
That question is tricky to answer, as there are many things and people that keep ROW afloat. However, if I had to name just one thing it would definitely be partnerships.
ROW partners with churches from all over the United States. ROW partners with schools – elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges and universities. ROW partners with the local indigenous leaders of the communities in the countries in which it serves. ROW partners with other organizations and non-profits from all over the world. ROW partners with others because we know that we cannot do what we are called to do alone. Sure, ROW could try to do it alone. And we might even be able to take a few steps. But, a few steps does not compare to giant leaps.
One of the amazing aspects of partnerships is the fruitfulness of them; in other words, the relationships, the stories, the generating of new ideas. The relationships live on through generations. The stories fill people’s minds and hearts. The new ideas spark new relationships and stories. See how full circle it all is?
This is why I am thrilled that ROW and Againstiflow are going to the Dominican Republic together from December 14-20 to help with construction. We will all be able to share in all of those things together – all for the common goal to help positively transform lives and communities with the end goal of self-sustenance and the ultimate goal of reflecting God’s life-changing love.
Pray for us as we gear up for this trip, “for we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building” (1 Corinthians 3:9).
Peace and blessings,Maggie Carruth Director of Strategic Communications row.org @gowithROW