I'm not sure if this is the right place for this, but my Cousin really wants to go on a mission to help out poor/sick people - she has it in her mind to go to a place like Africa, build homes, teach children - just help in some way. I'm really very proud of her, and in some degree, jealous, because I would also love to do something like that - but with work and a child keeping me grounded, I have to aim a little more locally.
Anyways, watching Women of Grace the other day Johnette mentioned a missionary group (I can't recall the name at the moment) and we looked them up. The website says that you have to provide your own transportation over there, and then your own accomodations once your there. There's no way she could afford that, but she really wants to help.
So today she found this organization:
She signed up as an interested volunteer, they emailed back saying they have projects in Denmark and Africa, and that they would pay for the transportation there, and all expenses, housing, food, once she was there. I looked over the website, nothing raises any redflags - and in the end I told her my only concern is that she will be so far away, I really want her to go with an organization that she can TRUST.
I have two general questions looming about in my mind, if anyone wants to take a shot at em'.
- Is it normal, for charity assoc like this to pay for everything for the person? Or is almost 'too good to be true'? Is there a way to check these places out?
and 2. Does it take away from the charitable act, at all, if she isn't paying her own way? I guess I see it as, that money, was taken from donations that people sent to the organziation as a way to feed those people. I guess, on some level, I would consider it REAL charity if she had 'suffered' in some way? If that makes sense? Like, put aside some luxury and saved her own money to get out there, or, sold all the things she has in storage to buy a ticket. I mean it's easy to get somewhere on a free ride...
I don't know - I don't want to discourage her, but I want her to be safe, and not take the 'easy route' and then feel all self righteous about it.
Your thoughts? Recommendations for people who feel the strong calling to do more for the poorest of the poor?