Gerald and Bev, friends of mine, take annual vacations to the Dominican Republic. There are two very different experiences that can happen in the DR – the tourist beach experience, and the real DR life. They left the tourist zone to visit the Anthony’s, a missionary couple who had been working in the DR for years, planting churches in the Santo Domingo area. They had been robbed three times, and like many others on the island have to carry pistols with them for self-defense! They requested that Gerald visit another missionary who was in prison there on the island, falsely charged with murder, and sentenced to 12 years in prison. He had served five years, and had very few visitors.
Mentoring is crucial – and even essential – for spiritual growth. However, there are two stubborn obstacles: finding a mentor and being a mentor.
Why is it so hard to sustain substantial long-term change for the better both in my personal life (e.g., losing weight), or in an organization?