Heather Lytle’s three week mission trip to South Africa turned into a six weeks when she was asked to extend her ticket briefly to prepare for a group of doctors coming to serve orphans’ families in the Nkomazi region. This life altering experience inspired her to quit her job and join the African Children’s Choir long term.
"Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, 'One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.'" Mark 10:21
Heather returned home, only to be asked within two months to go back to Nkomazi, to assist in setting up a boarding school for the children she had first begun working with. Ministry opportunities exploded and she was privileged to witness God use youth and young adults do incredible work reaching thousands of lives through gardens, buildings, camps, after-school programs, and medical care.
2009 - Present
The leadership team for the Hope of Africa has continued to grow, especially in Africa. Local, native leaders are now heading up ministry in Uganda and South Africa. Heather lives in the USA and makes frequent trips to Africa, but young leaders are stepping up, stepping out, and changing their communities for good.
To improve the lives of vulnerable African youth through education, leadership and community development.
To create a vibrant community of ministry leaders, business people, university graduates, and students that love Jesus and are strategically placed and equipped to serve the Lord within their circles of influence and through their local church.
To raise a large network of emerging African leaders who know their intrinsic value and use their God-given talents to serve and inspire their communities.
The majority of the population of many African countries is youth, and the church is largely failing to equip them for leadership. Often children and youth have great potential to lead and have not been given the opportunity.
DISCIPLESHIP IS GOD’S MODEL
"The Lord said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you. I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them. They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone." Numbers 11:16-17
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe in one God who is the sovereign Creator of all (Genesis 1:1) and that He is eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit (John 14:15-21).
We believe our in Lord, Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, his atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His Personal return in power an glory.
We believe that all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), but that anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13).
We believe that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the entire world and freely offers salvation to all who call on and put faith in Him (John 3:16). He is the only way to heaven and the only name that can be called upon to gain eternal life (Acts 4:12).
We believe that Jesus came for the lost, and that salvation is a gift, not by works, but by regeneration given by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:8-9).
We believe that Jesus Christ wants to be the Lord of our lives, not just the Savior (Romans 10:9). As a result, we need to die to ourselves, forsake all, take up our crosses, and follow Him (Luke 14:27). We should be who He wants us to be, do what He wants us to do, and go where He wants us to go (Isaiah 6:8).
We believe that Jesus Christ sent the Holy Spirit to empower us to do the things that He did (Acts 1:8). Just as the Father sent His Son into the world, now He sends us to be His ambassadors to a lost and hurting world (John 20:21). The Holy Spirit indwells every believer and gives us gifts to help us carry out God’s will (1 Corinthians 12:11,12).
We believe in the Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy, and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We believe that love sums up the law. We need to love God with all that we are and love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:37‐39). By our love will they know that we are His disciples (John 13:35).
We believe that every believer in the world makes up a part of the body of Christ and that God’s will for His church is that we be unified so that the world might know the Truth (John 17:23).
We believe that it is the responsibility of the Church to take the Gospel into the entire world as a testimony to all nations (Matthew 24:14). Every member in the body of Christ must play a role in building the kingdom and taking the Good News to all creation, making disciples, baptizing them, and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus taught (Matthew 28:18‐20).