MISSION & VISION
Our organization recognizes the need to be appropriately equipped to meet the challenges faced by the poor and marginalized. We do this by developing capacity within our members to act as agents of education, advocacy and empowerment; our people are trained as educators, advocates and administrators.
Equipping a globally conscious community to serve the poor and marginalized through education, advocacy and empowerment, without discrimination, demonstrating unconditional love.
Educators, in the holistic sense, regarding health (both physical and mental), agriculture, technology, ethics and social services.
Advocates, to come alongside those who need representation in the most vulnerable situations.
Administrators, to facilitate the development of such agencies to be self-sustaining; empowering communities to experience a healthy interdependence where they become capable of taking care of themselves.
We are a movement that transplants communities of global denizens, who in solidarity with the poor and marginalized, embody the ethics of justice and freedom to bring about societal transformation where education and autonomy exist for all, without discrimination. We do not value popular American ideals associated with violence, domination, neocolonialism and the attitude that the country has favored nation status with God and is unaccountable to the voice of the global community. Instead, as an educated community who values the preservation of life as governed by the ethical teachings of the bible, we will empower global citizens to implement the justice of God in their societies, through non-violent activity focused on education and capacity development of the poor and marginalized, as demonstrated in the life and message of Jesus of Nazareth.
Vision Statement Glossary:
Movement: This term denotes motion; the activity that defines our organization over the course of history.
Community: A group of people who share values and do their best to embody those values in such a way that it leads to a collective identity.
Denizen: A person who has no political affiliation within the state they live, but are at peace with that new world, seeking it’s welfare.
Solidarity: A concept that describes the unity people experience when joined together for a cause, or the unity they experience by joining a ‘struggle’ to enact a need for change.
Poor: Those who lack access to at least one of the five basic necessities - food, water, shelter, education or health care. Poverty in this case is objectively measured.
Marginalized: People who have access to basic necessities, but are somehow structured out of being able to participate in the system that gives them access to the goods which could lead to sustainable independence.
Ethics: A cultural construct, based on a social contract, that determines what’s right and wrong for societies subject to those principles.
Justice: One's ability to achieve the fundamental fairness intrinsic to humanity being created in the image of God; the presence of freedom amongst a people group, regardless of their geo-political, or religious affiliation.
Freedom: The ability to not only choose for oneself, but to do so informed of the consequences attached to their choice.
Transformation: The holistic process a society goes through as they move from unhealthy to healthy.
Violence: This definition is broad. It covers not only the act of physical force leading to death or serious bodily injury, but also the verbal assaults that lead to the dehumanizing effects upon the psychologically wounded. This definition also includes the purposeful systems created by men where it is foreseeable that victims would suffer the traumatic effects of violence because of the system itself or as ‘collateral damage.’
Domination: A negative form of control over people where they had no choice but to submit.
Neocolonialism: A modern version of colonialism. Where there is any kind of occupation by a state or association that subjects people to the political or cultural forces of that dominant group. The domination is done by means of economic or technological power, even though the subjected people are often met with nominal opportunities to have their basic needs met.
Bible: The Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament.
Empower: To give someone who lacked ability, the ability to do for themselves.
Citizens: A legally recognized national.
Non-Violence: The position one takes in the presence of conflict, or in advancing a cause, as modeled by Jesus of Nazareth and taught by the Bible.
Capacity Development: The enhancement of individual skills through education and experience.