Doing Justice Differently

The Kings U. Honduras Water Project is part field course, part service project.

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of participating in the Honduras Water Project alongside other students from The King’s University in partnership with World Renew. After I returned from Honduras, I faced the expected questions from family, friends and my church community, the most common being: “What did you do there?” Even now, I find myself struggling to answer this question – there’s so much I could say! Our three weeks together as the Water Project team were filled to the brim with trench-digging, blisters, bucket showers, 40° C heat, endless games of soccer and so much laughter and learning. Throughout all of this, our focus was that of Micah 6:8 – to love justice, to show mercy and to walk humbly with God. However, we were challenged to consider what this looks like in a context of material deficit, systemic inequality and devastating poverty. 

Serving and learning
Our time in Honduras was labelled a “service-learning” trip, and that’s exactly what it was: a time of serving our Honduran neighbours and learning while we did so. We served by walking alongside the small community of El Espino in their process of development, assisting with the construction of their water system and building relationships with the community members. And as we served, we continually learned. From the community of El Espino, we learned what it looks like to embody incredible resilience, overwhelming generosity, genuine dependency on Christ and godly love. We learned that community development must occur in a way that is sustainable, kingdom-centered and community-led. And above all, we learned that the kingdom of God is so clearly revealed in places we would least expect it – that is, among those the world considers the “less-fortunate” because of their status as the poor and impoverished. 

To me, this is a source of incredible reassurance. There were many times during the Water Project that I found myself despairing over the immense challenge of development. It is evidently a long and complex process, but it is also a process so deeply rooted in hope. As we as King’s students and as Christians participate in a community’s journey of development, we are taking part in the kingdom of God in the here and now. After all, isn’t this what the challenge in Micah 6:8 is truly all about?


  • Rachel currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where she is completing an English degree at The King’s University. She calls Smithers, B.C. home.

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