OUR VISION

partnering with the poor, the child and the orphan to see hope embraced in all of life.

mission statement:

Our mission is to partner with God, individuals and the local church in ministering with the poor, orphans and vulnerable children (and their families) of Ethiopia using compassionate, holistic practices that promote sustainability, transformation, community, and Christian discipleship which invades all areas of life for this and future generations.

values:

In agreement with Brian Fikkert & Bryant Myers, we believe that at the heart of poverty is The Fall.  We believe that God made creation very good and without poverty, however as the result of disobedience to God’s intent and His purposes The Fall occurred which resulted in a penetrating distortion and brokenness which affects humans in their relationship with God, themselves, each other and creation.

This brokenness effects everything including; social systems, institutions, governments as well as unseen spiritual forces.

However, the Good News is that ever since The Fall, God has been on a mission to make all things right again by making His rule and reign known here on earth.  We see this mission fulfilled in the ministry, life, death and resurrection of Jesus and in His being made ruler over all.  It is in hope that we look forward to the day that all things are made new and God’s Kingdom is fully known, while in the meantime we see glimpses of His rule and reign breaking in to the here and now. It is for these reasons that we place value on seeing ourselves and those we work among grow in the following areas:

Embracing God (enter into a life giving growing relationship with God)

Embracing self (growth in transformational wholeness given by God)

Embracing others (loving, forgiving, Jesus-centered community)

Embracing creation (stewardship of everything that God has provided)

purposes:

1. to provide programs engaging the intellectual, physical, emotional, social & spiritual needs of vulnerable children and orphans.

2. to provide opportunities in which children, orphans and families can be reconciled to God, to self, to others and to creation, and are trained in becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus who bring change to their generation and the ones to come.

3. to resource the families of vulnerable children spiritually, emotionally, educationally, relationally and physically to encourage them in becoming self-sustaining families marked by hope. We agree with Jayakumar Christian that “the end of development is true identity, the restored identity of the poor as children of God with a gift to share.”

4. to support local church(es) in ministering the central Gospel message of holistic transformation to the various needs of the poor, children & orphans.

5. to serve as a bridge of support between Ethiopians & The West in making needs known and providing innovative ways to see those needs met as an expression of Christ’s love.

6. to create opportunities for Westerners to not only learn of the plight of the poor, but also to be challenged by the unspeakable joy experienced by many in poverty, despite circumstances.

our purposes are influenced by the following statement developed by the Integral Mission movement:

“Integral mission or holistic transformation is the proclamation and demonstration of the Gospel.  It is not simply that evangelism and social involvement are to be done alongside each other.  Rather, in integral mis- sion our proclamation has social consequences as we call people to love and repentance in all areas of life.  And our social involvement has evangelistic consequences as we bear witness to the transforming grace of Jesus Christ.  If we ignore the world we betray the word of God which sends us out to serve the world.   If we ignore the word of God we have nothing to bring to the world.”

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