From the very beginning Our Mission has been “To come alongside the people of Haiti to help them help themselves attain a sustainable life in Christ, with a real hope for the future.” Coming along side to help them help themselves is clearly the harder way to do ministry in any foreign country. But if our help to the people of Haiti has any chance of being sustainable when we are gone, it has to be this way. “We are not going to do it for them, we are going to help them do it.”
Our purpose is to lead, encourage, teach, and train individuals, families, and communities to come to their own understanding of the knowledge and love of God, and to begin their own lives in the reconciling process of God, with purpose and intention, by loving Him with all their heart, soul and mind, and love their neighbors with that same love. We believe this will literally break the chains that have held these people and communities in poverty and oppression for generations and centuries. Ultimately our purpose is to bring glory to the name of Jesus, and continuing the work that He started and modeled for us 2000 years ago is the best way to bring Him glory.
The great commandment says: “Love the Lord God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it; Love your neighbor as yourself. All of the law and prophets hang on these two commandments.” And so does our purpose for living.
As a ministry called to helping the poor, hurting and oppressed in Haiti, we see our purpose very clearly derived and rooted in the great commandment. It is two-fold:
(1) To be personally transformed by God, through our love and devotion to Him, into the very likeness of Christ, and
(2) To advance the Kingdom of God by loving and caring for our neighbors in the same graceful way that God has loved and cared for us. We are all in the process of these two lifelong aspects of our Christian walk, and none of us is there yet!