The Church has been called to both proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and to serve the poor, and our purpose is to support the Church to these ends. Parachurch can mean different things. For us, it means working for and through the Church rather than outside of the Church. We have seen that churches often desire to serve those in crisis overseas, but lack the necessary networks, training, and expertise to carry out and manage the complexities of international work. With 15+ years of international experience, we aim to train, equip, and connect churches worldwide.
The gospel-centeredness of relief and development work is too often absent or limited when the focus is on social action without a proper recognition of our primary call to proclaim the gospel. Moreover, we are very concerned with the gospel message itself. What is the teaching that we are bringing? Who are our partners and what is their message? We aim to continuously grow in the theology behind our work as well as the theology behind our message.
In Acts, we see that the apostles planted churches, discipled leaders, addressed issues of poverty, and connected churches together to provide for one another where there was need. This is a beautiful biblical example of long term spiritual and physical impact that we aim to follow. We desire to stay on the ground or to intentionally seek partnerships whereby our work is connected to a longer term work of rehabilitation and transformation for Christ.
Suggesting that the issues of suffering are up to man to solve and that it is man who determines change is all too prevalent in today's society, even within the Church. This line of thinking fails to acknowledge God as Sovereign Lord. We believe that God is always in control and always works according to His perfect purposes, even in the midst of suffering. We see this theology as critical to everything we do and most importantly, to Who we give glory to.