As part of my time there I did a semester project. I wanted my project to be something that would benefit heart in the long run and I didn’t want to assume that I knew what they needed. Often in development work we can mistakenly enter a community with preconceived ideas about their needs. A good development worker will take the time to sit down and hear from the community what their perceived problems and needs are. My project took place in heart's garden and a fellow student and I worked on planting a vineyard. In place of wood, we used a concrete post for the trellis system because in underdeveloped countries good wood is expensive and often hard to come by.
My time at heart and the vineyard project taught me a lot. The most important thing I learned is to work hard and to not take the easy way out. Everything we do is for the Lord and it should not be sloppily thrown together. When God created the world he didn’t compromise His standards and He was able to say that it is good. When we create for our creator we should be able to step back and say that our work is good, too.
Guest post by Rigsbee Sanders. Click HERE to learn more about the International Community Development major.