Are people truly empowered if they have had good things done for them? Or to them? When we see a problem and we know the solution, if we jump in and fix it, we may feel great about it, but did we really help?
This means we recognise and unlock the potential in people to overcome their own challenges. For example, giving someone a food parcel helps address a crisis but it’s the work we do to help that person deal with the underlying cause of their food poverty that moves them towards a position of empowerment.
We are not fixers. We are empowerers.
In the Bible, Isaiah 61 says; The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
We are here to proclaim good news – whatever that ‘proclamation’ looks like – so that people can themselves rebuild those things that have become broken in their lives
Our vision is not just focused on individuals, but also transformation of communities; people living together and thriving together, communities without division or with people feeling excluded. As a part of the fulfilment of this vision, we are seeking to see existing communities transformed as well as seeking to create new positive communities.
The Bible in Revelation 21 describes; “Then I saw “a new Heaven and a new Earth,”… He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”
What might a new, transformed community look like?
No more injustice. No more division or loneliness. No abuse or bullying. No anti-social behaviour or violence. No more theft…
This is also a vision for us as a team: we feel empowered to act against injustice, to make a difference and together we become a community that thrives under our sense of purpose.
Empowered to Act, Connected to Thrive.