At World Relief, our mission is to empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable.
Working with the local church is not only a good strategy, it’s at the very heart of our work. We believe that God gave us a plan to save our broken world, and that it begins with his church, and his people, leading the way. We want to see local churches creating and leading change in their communities.
We believe in transformation of the whole person – mind, body and spirit. That’s why our programs focus on addressing the root causes of poverty and vulnerability that often stem from harmful beliefs and practices. Beyond physical change, we focus on driving mental, social, and spiritual transformation.
We understand that lasting change requires more than quick fixes and band-aid solutions. That’s why we rely on local leaders to implement our programs. Over 95% of our staff are local – people who know and love their communities and will remain long after we depart.
7 Reasons We Believe The Church Can Change The World
We believe that when the church is mobilized to achieve its full potential, it has the power to change our world. We believe this because:
The local church is God’s plan to reveal his mercy, compassion and truth to people around the world.
The local church is the largest social network on the planet and has the ability, authority and permanency to do far more than any government institution or non-profit organization could.
The local church is led by local, trusted community leaders — those with an inside voice and understanding that no outside organization can bring.
The local church has the influence and moral authority to shape behaviors rooted in biblical values of love, compassion and justice.
The local church offers the greatest hope of reconciliation between classes, tribes, ethnicities and political parties, unifying people under a common identity in Christ.
The local church can restore dignity and bring hope to the suffering, forgotten and marginalized by reaching out to the most vulnerable in its community and answering God’s call to love.
The local church is empowered by the Holy Spirit to do more than human wisdom and efforts could ever possibly accomplish alone.