Who We Are
We are a community of believers following Christ’s mandate to empower youth.
The mission of Hope of Africa is to improve the lives of vulnerable African youth through education, leadership and community development.
The vision of Hope of Africa is 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.
Hope of Africa accomplishes this by discipling youth, equipping them with: training, practical skills, leadership opportunities, coaching, counseling and special projects.
Where We Serve:
Currently The Hope of Africa is working to improve the future of African youth in South Africa, Mozambique, Uganda and Kenya.
South Africa is a nation with modern technologies, yet just 30 minutes down the road are rural villages with people living with no electricity or running water. South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world (5.7 million) and the 4th highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the world (18.1%–percent of the population living with HIV/AIDS). The Nkomazi region on the eastern side of South Africa has been crippled by the flood of refugees from neighboring Mozambique and Swaziland (highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the world). In Nkomazi, we have been working with a group of secondary students who have shown the desire to work hard and the potential to get to university or trade school and pull their families out of poverty. We also partner with local principals who are working to improve the futures of African youth, and home-based care organizations who are providing medical care to those who are too sick to seek care at a clinic.
Mozambique received independence from Portugal in 1975 and then was engaged in a civil war from 1977 – 1992. Since then the economy has grown, but with much government corruption, very little economic development funding has reached the poorest communities. In Mozambique, many young kids do not get to go to school because they simply cannot afford it. Orphanages are full of babies and children orphaned by the war or by the loss of parents due to AIDS, TB or other diseases. We have worked in hospitals and clinics where the number one item they needed were surgical gloves. In Mozambique, we are working with young Africans in their 20’s who are running orphanages, schools and skills training (such as wood-working, gardening, sewing and baking). These young Africans recognize that education and job training is their hope for a better future. Our mission is to partner with these organizations and help fund the resources to improve their communities.
Uganda’s history includes an 8-year reign by dictator Idi Amin in the 1970s which included economic decline and massive human rights violations. It is estimated that as many as 300,000 Ugandans were murdered during his reign of terror. Since his ousting in 1979, Uganda continued to have political unrest and human rights violations until 1986 when the current president took office. Uganda is an incredibly beautiful country full of people living in desperate poverty. Orphanages and slums are overflowing with children orphaned by the war. Despite the abject poverty, the people of Uganda are incredibly friendly and are quick to give you the shirt off their back. Our work in Uganda is to partner with young Africans (in their 20s and 30s) who are working to build mother-baby wellness clinics and youth centers to improve the lives of young people in their communities.
Kenya saw spectacular economic growth between 2002 and 2007, yet at the same time social inequalities also increased, with much of the economic benefits going to the already well-off. Social conditions deteriorated for ordinary Kenyans, who started facing a growing wave of crime in urban areas. Nairobi, a major international development city, is also home to the second largest slums in all of Africa (Kibera). In Nairobi, we are partnering with young Africans in their 20’s who were once impoverished orphans themselves and are now working to create hope and a future for the youth in their communities.
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).