At the Paulos Group, one of our core values is “Just Distribution of Resources”. No, it’s not the allusion of communism, rather, communities afflicted by injustice, and lacking skills, relationships and resources, usually need help to stop the bleeding. In general, these places don’t heal and develop easily as their brightest and most talented often depart for greener pastures.
Recently, the Gauthiers moved into one of our prototype houses. If you don’t know the Gauthiers, here’s the gist: family of seven, originally from Minnesota, living in a 900 sq ft house in Haiti. As Americans, we’re accustomed to lifestyles loaded with amenities. On the other hand, it’s not uncommon for Haitians to sleep on a dirt floor under a leaky roof.
So what does a Just Distribution of Resources look like for us? Currently, we’re building spec homes—seeking to find the threshold where houses can be built to code, include utilities, add value to Haiti, yet still be affordable in our local context. In a very real way, this is the Gospel at work. Furthermore, we’re backing up our commitments by bringing two worlds together and living at the meeting place. We believe this is what Jesus would do.