We believe the church was created to be the grassroots response for crises in communities around the world. But when members of the church become the victims of the injustices facing the community, it is difficult for them to be the responders. When women in the church are being brutally raped, it is difficult for them to device a plan for protection against genderbased violence. When a father is struggling to find work and provide for his family, it is difficult for him to adopt an orphan or take on the responsibility to father another child. When members of a church are unable to read or write it is difficult for them to mobilize for social change in the society, even their very right to vote is jeopardized.
Our work targets conflict communities and works to build the capacity of members in the church, so that they can be the responders and not the victims. The church is only institution that can father and mother orphaned hearts and also provide services to the community using the internal resources of its own members.
What does that look like in real life? In real life, our work looks like strengthening our community and creating environments where child exploitation doesn’t have to happen because children are in school and growing, where gender-based violence is not an issue because women are respected and have voice in the society, where family feuds don’t turn into wars because the community mediates its own conflicts.
Our team used to rescue children swept away by armed rebel groups, but today, we train fathers in the community to go back get their sons. Orphanages aren’t needed within our community, because the members of our church adopt their orphans. We used to scholarship children to go to school, but today we are becoming the school—teaching children from nursery age all the way through university. Domestic violence and alcohol abuse drops within our community because husbands can find jobs, feel respected and can assume their place of being a provider within the household.