Christians are commanded in Luke 10:27 to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. If we love our neighbors as ourselves, we will truly be concerned with their welfare; both physically and spiritually. We will want to help our neighbor live a more abundant, meaningful life here on earth, and to share how they can have eternal life.
Because of God's love for us, we will desire to share that love with others.
Jesus made a startling statement in Matthew 25:34-40. He asserted that as we give food and drink to those in need, take in strangers, clothe the naked, visit the sick and those in prisons, we are doing these things to Him. Most of us would find it easy to do these things for Christ, and even for our own family, but Jesus says we must even do them for the lowliest of people, including those we don't know or may even despise. We are called to serve all men.
Carefully articulated core values insure that an organization's commitment to a vision becomes reality. They help to guarantee that during implementation, the vision, program integrity, sustainability, effectiveness and applicability are preserved. They are:
- Integration and Wholism
- Commitment to the Poor and Marginalized
- Long Term Solutions
- Identifying and Using Neighborhood Assets
- Releasing Neighbor to Help Neighbor
- Local Ownership and Initiative
- Participatory Learning
- Designing for Multiplication and Movements
- Christian Servant Leadership