We found a way to plant the seed of the Gospel to change hearts, while planting seed for harvest to feed hungry, poverty-stricken families. In Haiti we are teaching good principles for farming along with good principles for life from God’s Word. The outreach is called Farmer Field Schools. And it all begins with classes held at local churches — some of them about best agricultural practices for the field, and others centered on God’s love, promise of provision and a personal relationship with Jesus.
Haiti has been the “black hole” of missions for 100 years, mainly due to the lack of outsiders understanding how to best help the Haitian culture. Unfortunately, most who have tried to assist have actually caused damage, leaving the Haitian people more dependent on outsiders and handouts.
Honduras has one of the lowest overall standards of living in the Western Hemisphere. Most social indices show Honduras lagging in development. The annual per capita income is low with 66.2% of the nation’s population living below the national poverty line. Yet the name of Jesus is being made known as great in Honduras.
With a population of 1.2 billion people, India is quickly becoming a global influence and is a highly strategic country in the 10/40 window, a region of the world where 2/3 of the world’s population reside and the most unchurched people groups live.
Bolstering a population of 15,806,675, nearly half of which is under the age of 19, Guatemala is the most populous country of Central America. Similar in many ways to its’ neighbor country Honduras, 53.7% of the nation’s population is living below the national poverty line.
Kenya is a poor developing country in Eastern Africa with a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.519, putting the country at position 145 out of 186 – one of the lowest in the world with half of Kenyans living in absolute poverty. Despite the harsh reality of poverty, there is a new day dawning in Kenya.
Sharing the same island as the nation of Haiti, the Dominican Republic is a nation advanced in many factors. However, the Dominican Republic suffers from marked income inequality, a noted problem of child labor, and being known as a prime gateway for illegal drugs to enter the United States and Canada.
Following decades of formalized religion and the establishment of the state church, Sweden has quickly become a stronghold of atheism in Western Europe, with an estimated 85% of the population claiming no belief in God and only 2% active in churches.
A land riddled with territorial disputes with countries near and far both before and after its’ independence in 1981, Belize is a uniquely English speaking country in Central America. With 56% of its’ population under the age of 24, approximately 40% living in extreme poverty.
Local & Domestic Strategy
In partnership with community leaders and local organizations, our local and domestic impact initiatives share the hope of Christ across our nation in tangible methods paving the way for transformational change and sustainable development in the communities we serve.
We are engaged in ongoing efforts to impact our communities throughout the greater Houston area and deploying strategic teams of willing men and women from every walk of life to reach various communities within our borders and see lives changed for the glory of God.
“Sometimes a disease can be knocked out; sometimes sex traffic can be considerably reduced; sometimes slavery can be abolished in a region; sometimes more equitable laws can foster justice and reduce corruption…in this and countless other ways cultural change is possible. More importantly, doing good to the city, doing good to all people (even if we have the special responsibility for the household of faith), is part of our responsibility as God’s redeemed people…” – Don Carson, Theologian
We creatively use every means available to share the hope of Christ leveraging relationships and strengths of local churches across the United States. We are a big church and believe that we are charged to make a big difference in the lives of people here in the greater Houston area and across the United States.