We exist to empower the local church to display the gospel of grace it proclaims through ministries of compassion.
This is accomplished as we identify partner-churches who share our passion for gospel demonstration and serve those churches by providing them with the financial support, supplies and human resources they need to effectively minister to the needy in their communities.
VisualThe gospel is shown to be most beautiful when not only proclaimed, but also demonstrated through acts of compassion
FocalThe church, as the epicenter of God’s redemptive plan, must be at the forefront of mercy ministries.
OrganicThe vastly uneven distribution of resources worldwide hinders many churches from serving the poor, afflicted and marginalized in their communities. The biblical model shows the church working together in unity, one part coming alongside the other in radical generosity.
In February 2012, under the South African sky, we finished construction on the Muphamuzi Baby Home. There, serving alongside the men and women of Living Hope Church, we saw something beautiful…
We saw Jesus’ followers living out their faith, pure and undefiled, serving the most helpless among us – orphaned children. As we prepared to open the doors of this sanctuary for abandoned babies, we saw something even more beautiful:
We saw the gospel displayed in human pictures.
There is no perfect analogy or metaphor to explain the gospel. If there were, it would cease being the most profound and glorious story of all. But caring for “orphans and widows in their distress” surely comes close.
When we offer hope to those who have no hope, we create an image that ever-so-closely resembles God reaching down into this fallen world and shining the light of Christ on us who were without hope. When we relieve the pangs of hunger with earthly food, we mirror the love of Jesus that satisfies our souls’ deepest longings for righteousness. And when we rescue orphans and place them into “forever families,” we tell a story of earthly redemption that powerfully echoes the story of our own adoption by the Greatest Father.
In February 2012, we saw compassion make the gospel touchable.
Out of this vision, 1Hope was born.
Statement of Faith
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the Bible is Inspired
We believe the Bible is the Inspired, Inerrant and Authoritative Word of God and that it is sufficient for salvation and godliness.
There is one God
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
deity of Jesus
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.
men are lost sinners
We believe that all men are lost sinners and dead in transgression.
We believe that only by the gracious regeneration by the Holy Spirit can a man turn to Christ in repentance and believe in His name for salvation.
We believe that man is saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling every Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved to eternal life with Christ and the lost to eternal punishment in hell.