Who we are
Communities of Hope: energizing sustainable transformation in communities across the globe. We believe that God transforms landscapes and lives. The poetry of Isaiah 41:17-20 is powerful and energizing for us, a picture of God taking barren land and bringing irrigation and vegetation, multiple water sources and a variety of trees.
God brings abundance into the wilderness, transforming the land into a fertile place.
But we know this is also a powerful symbol – God is renovating the land and the lives of those who live on it. This is a core truth that shapes our belief about how God sees places and people.
He intervenes in the most dire places to bring transformation to actual landscapes and real lives, truly good news.
We then began to address economic development, knowing that this is another way to bring about lasting transformation in a community.
Communities of Hope believes that business can be a benefit to the community, if there are services generated by and for the community and in the process local businesses are creating jobs within that very community.
We engage in micro-lending and community banking, making banking services and training available to the poor who have an idea and the willingness to work hard at creating a better future for their family and neighborhood.
We realized there were other communities engaged in transformational and hopeful work, communities embracing a better way of living. There are congregations reaching the poor with a message of hope, some catalyzing the young adults to reach out into their neighborhood to bring about change ,some working to bring services to nearby slums.
They testify to the truth that God is transforming their community and their lives, that He cares about the concerns of the community. These congregations are forces for good, bringing change to their neighborhood.
Life center Church
Worship Harvest Ministries
There are communities caring for the most vulnerable people in the neighborhood. Our friends create villages for orphans, homes for street kids, safe havens for those that get trampled and have no advocates. There are communities who hear the cry of the hungry and organize relief efforts to get food to those families on the verge of starvation.
Kenya Relief Effort
All these communities are bringing hope their context, the neighborhood where they live. It is a hope rooted in the belief that God transforms land and lives with His provision and goodness.
Communities of Hope believes that God transforms concrete things like land, cities and neighborhoods. So water, food security, trees, land rights matter.
But quality of life also matters, so we care about education, economics, employment, infant and maternal mortality. People matter, and so we care about human rights, cultivating hope-filled communities and spiritual connection. All of these things together create viable communities where people can live a good life.
Communities of Hope wants to see these communities have longevity, neighborhoods that are engaged in sustainable living that will allow the goodness and gains of development to take root and flourish for years to come.
This is what a viable, vibrant community means to us. We want to partner with communities in ways that will produce lasting outcomes, transformation that endures from generation to generation.
We work to this end – to energize sustainable transformation that will bring hope and wholeness now and into the future. We partner with communities who are doing this work (or want to) to offer encouragement, expertise, education and most of all, friendship along the way.
Communities of Hope was born out of a community development project, an actual work with land and lives. We worked with families living in deep hardship and empowered them to move toward the creation of a hope-filled community. Now they are living in a viable, vibrant and sustainable community in the heart of Burundi.
Our friends from Texas are in Burundi visiting their friends in Matara & Bubanza.
There will be reunion, work days and much dancing!
Last week Kazoza Finance opened it’s doors to the public, offering basic banking services to the community at large.Read More