Our only desire and hope is to bring glory to the name of Jesus Christ. He is our greatest core value. These values reflect what that means to us.
We believe that it can be easy to fall into the temptation of exploiting the very people we seek to help in the process of raising support. We choose not to glorify tragedy and manipulate emotions in order to increase donations; because using a girl’s story of anguish in attempts to tug on heartstrings would simply be prostituting hearts rather than bodies. Our hope is not in money, but in Jesus. We don’t need more money. We just need more of Him. It is not our goal to get donations, look successful or be well known. We just want to bring our Savior glory as we spend ourselves on behalf of the oppressed (Isaiah 58:10). For the downtrodden are our teachers and help us all understand our own inward need for a savior.
We believe our identity is found in how Jesus feels about us. In everything we do our desire is to promote the dignity of all. We chose not to put all of the attention on the darkest part of a person’s life. What has happened to us does not define who we are. We are so much more than the sum of another person’s abuse. By stewarding the story of an individual, our desire is to allow others to rejoice and celebrate others passions, interests and redemption. Many people use the fact that there are 30 million slaves in the world today in attempts to drive people to action, but we believe that 1 coming out of slavery is a far more compelling statistic.
We believe the “Western” influence in Africa should be as minimal as possible. It is our hope that nationals do not see themselves as employees of Americans, but rather in service with our Savior. Those who live locally understand the problems and solutions to injustice far better than someone who is coming from the outside. The role of When the Saints is to promote sustainable development rather than dependency. The culture of Jesus’ gospel exemplifies the beautiful elements of all cultures; while at the same time eradicates the detrimental aspects. This is the culture we spread rather than that of the West.
We believe in seeing everything that we have as a gift from our Creator. We choose to model a 10% partnership. This generosity is our joyous response to what God is doing internationally to bring his justice and kingdom to the earth. (1 Chronicles 29:14). Being generous helps us keep a proper perspective of the reality that we are only a minuscule part of what God is doing globally. It serves as a reminder that When the Saints is not our ministry but His. It helps us to stay united with the Body of Christ working together rather than divided. This 10% contribution is given to churches and ministries both locally and abroad. Matt 10:8b.
We believe in the accomplishment of what seems to be impossible and never letting go of our God given purpose. Vocational training will be part of the rehabilitation of the girls, but our hope is to do more than perpetuate a lifestyle of poverty. Instead of simply teaching basic skills which allow participants to get by, our vision is to facilitate the accomplishment of their dreams as they step into the true purpose of Jesus for which they were created. Then, they may become an example of hope, which is one of the most powerful forces on earth.
We believe that the structure of a family is the context in which we are meant to grow up. God established 3 institutions: church, government and family. Each has its own distinct purpose. In all situations we will strive to unite children with their families even if it had been their very own father abusing them. What better picture of reconciliation than a daughter’s father seeking forgiveness? This can be far more healing that even dozens of counseling sessions. This will be unfeasible at times; so we also partner with families in the local church who are interested in blessing their family with another daughter.
We believe that men’s sexual decisions fuel the global sex trade. If every girl in the world who is in a brothel were to be rescued, there would still be a demand for sex. Indirectly through the work of setting captives free, it could result in the formation of a void. Ultimately more girls would be trafficked into those brothels to meet the demand. Changing the hearts of men through the gospel of Jesus is the only true sustainable solution that will fully eradicate the injustice of sexual abuse in the world at its root. Many feel that men are the problem, but with the redemption of Jesus they are the solution. Men are just as enslaved and in need of the gospel as the very girls they are enslaving. “Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is knocking for God” -G.K. Chesterton
We believe that these beliefs and standards have intentionally been set high. We will fail and be unable to perfectly fulfill them. That is why our final belief is in the existence of grace. Through failure we can learn and be better as a result. “Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.” (Proverbs 24:16)