WHAT WE BELIEVE
To see men filled with hope and transformed by the love, grace, and power of God.
Hope Awaits Ministries seeks to proclaim and demonstrate the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ through meeting the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of those who are homeless or in need of hope.
We are committed to wisely managing all resources entrusted to us and recognize that we are ultimately accountable to God
Our clients, donors, staff, volunteers, board members and advisory councils are appreciated and worthy of respect and honor
All staff, board members and those in a leadership role must know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour and be actively growing in their personal relationship with Him.
Integrity. Love. Service. Oneness. Excellence. Personal Wellness.
This is what we value at Hope Awaits Ministries in our leadership, missionaries, and volunteers.
The value descriptions below serve as a personal guideline for each team member at Hope Awaits Ministries, helping us grow together as we serve Jesus Christ.
We value integrity in our organization, leadership, missionaries, and volunteers; and aspire to model integrity as a witness to those we serve (Proverbs 10:9). God calls us to:
Live by faith in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:1; Ephesians 2:8-9)
Follow through on commitments (Numbers 30:2)
Be consistent in our actions (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Be gentle in word and deed (Colossians 3:12; Philippians 4:5)
Demonstrate goodness (Galatians 6:10; Romans 12:21)
Show thankfulness to God and others (1 Chronicles 16:34; 1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Be honest in everything, always speaking and acting in truth (Proverbs 12:22; Colossians 3:9; John 8:32; 1 John 3:18)
Live humbly, putting the needs of others first (Philippians 2:3-4; James 4:10)
Act with patience and self-control (Romans 12:12; Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Timothy 1:7)
Show respect to all (Romans 12:10; 1 Peter 2:17)
Take responsibility for our actions (Proverbs 28:13)
We value love that does not depend on the one being loved for its continuance. We believe that every person is loved by God (John 3:16), and that we too are called to love everyone (1 John 4:19; Mark 12:30-31). Our love for God is revealed through our love of others – love for our co-workers, clients, and city, as well as love shown to those who differ from or even oppose us (John 13:35; Matthew 5:43-48). We value compassion and kindness (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:12) as means to demonstrate God’s love to those around us.
We value serving the Lord with all of our heart (Colossians 3:23-24; Romans 12:11), and following Jesus Christ’s example of serving others (Mark 10:45). We value generosity to others, specifically the poor (Acts 20:35; 1 John 3:17-18; Proverbs 19:17). We value a supportive culture, where everyone receives the help and support that they need (Philippians 2:4; Galatians 6:2).
We value oneness as God has called us to be one in Him (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:13; John 17:22-23). As one body, we value each member, encouraging one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11; Ephesians 4:29), living peaceably with one another (Matthew 5:9; Romans 12:18), and forgiving one another just as God forgives us (Colossians 3:13; 1 John 1:9). We believe that God created family, and just as He has called His believers to be a part of His family (Ephesians 2:19; 2 Corinthians 6:18), we invite our clients to be a part of our family, and strive to live as one family each day. We value teamwork, the gifts, talents, and abilities that each person brings, and value collaboration with leadership, missionaries, volunteers, and clients (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10; Ephesians 4:16).
We value excellence in our speech, actions, and work – that we may glorify God in everything (1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:23). We believe that to be people of excellence we must:
Be faithful to the Lord and His word (1 Samuel 12:24, Psalm 119:12-14)
Be faithful with what is entrusted to us (Luke 16:10)
Act justly ourselves and seek justice for others (Micah 6:8; Isaiah 1:17)
Be people of order and organization (1 Corinthians 14:40; 1 Corinthians 14:33)
We value the wellness of our leadership, missionaries, volunteers, and clients; and seek to assist each other in maintaining good health (3 John 1:2). As believers our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and as such we should care for our health together. We believe that physical, emotional, and spiritual health comes from God (Jeremiah 17:14; Psalm 147:3) and seek God for the health of others and ourselves. We value hope, joy, and stability as catalysts to good health (Proverbs 13:12; Proverbs 17:22). As those we serve are often without hope, joy, stability, or good health, we strive to share the source of hope (Romans 15:13; 1 Peter 1:3), joy (Psalm 16:11; Romans 14:17), and stability (Psalm 16:8; Psalm 62:1-2) with everyone we serve.
Statement of Faith
We believe there is one God (Ephesians 4:5-6; 1 Corinthians 8:6), creator (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3) and supreme ruler of all things (Psalm 47); indescribably glorious (Isaiah 6:3), holy and worthy of all praise (Revelation 4:11, 5:12), honour and love (Deuteronomy 6:4-6); eternally existing in three equal persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 28:19).
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 1:18, 10:30), His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:27), His sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21), His miracles (Matthew 9:6; Hebrews 2:4), His supremacy and pre-eminence (Colossians 1:16-20), His substitutionary death through the shedding of His blood on the cross (Romans 5:8-9; 1 Corinthians 15:3), His bodily resurrection (Matthew 28:1-7; John 20:6-18), His ascension (Luke 24:51; Philippians 2:1-11) to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19; Acts 5:30-31; Hebrews 1:1-3), and His imminent return in power and glory to establish His kingdom (Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:8).
We believe that the Holy Spirit personally indwells all believers (John 14:15-17) and bears witness to their relationship to God (John 15:8). The Holy Spirit imparts spiritual enlightenment (John 14:26), conviction of sin (John 16:8), and the divine power for witnessing and service (John 15:5).
We believe that the Bible, as originally given in its entirety, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21). It is divinely inspired without error and is the sole and absolute authority on faith and life (2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe that everyone needs salvation, for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23; Isaiah 64:6). We believe in salvation from sin (1 John 2:2), solely by God’s grace (Titus 3:7; Romans 3:22-24) through faith in the atoning sacrifice of Christ’s death on the cross (Romans 5:8-9; 1 Peter 2:24) whereby believers are reconciled to God (Romans 5:11; John 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:21). God’s word places an urgency on accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour and Lord (2 Corinthians 5:20), saying now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). We have been given our current earthly life as our sole opportunity to come to saving faith in Jesus Christ, and those who do not accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour will die in their sins, unable to enter into heaven (John 8:21-24; Hebrews 9:27).
We believe that repentance is a turning away or a reversal in one’s thinking and way of life, and is a crucial component of salvation. God calls all to repent of their sins and turn to Him so that our sins may be forgiven (Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19; 2 Peter 3:9; Proverbs 28:13; Luke 5:31-32).
We believe that people were created by God to live forever, and that after death people who do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and have not responded to Him in faith will be eternally separated from God’s presence in hell, while those who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and have placed their faith in Him will live eternally with God in heaven (John 3:16-21; Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:46).
We believe that hell is a place of punishment and torment prepared for Satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41). It is a place of eternal, conscious punishment (Matthew 13:49-50; Matthew 25:46) where all who do not accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour will be separated from the presence of God forever (Revelation 21:8; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).
We believe that the ministry of evangelism and serving the poor is the responsibility of all followers of Jesus Christ (Proverbs 25:21; Isaiah 58:10; 1 Timothy 6:18-19; Hebrews 13:16; Matthew 25:34-40, 28:18-20; James 2:14-17; Acts 1:8).
We believe that we are to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Colossians 4:2) and in all circumstances (Philippians 4:6) to God alone (Psalm 50:15; Matthew 6:9-13) with Jesus Christ being our sole mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) and intercessor (Hebrews 7:25). We believe that God hears and answers our prayers (Isaiah 65:24; 1 John 5:14-15).