Word Made Flesh is called and committed to serving Jesus among the most vulnerable of the world's poor. This calling is realized as a prophetic ministry for, and an incarnational, holistic mission among the poor. We focus our energy to make Jesus known among the poor while reconciling the church with the poor.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. The Word did not just appear to be human; the Word became flesh.”
Jesus was the Word Made Flesh, the ultimate expression of love for humanity. We are modeling our efforts after His embodiment of love and compassion through relationships, programming, and community development to support those who are marginalized.
Restored through Relationships
Word Made Flesh prioritizes relationships in our engagement with poverty relief and reformation, listening to the neighboring community to understand their needs and desires, and using that knowledge to allocate resources and design programs. We respond holistically and with cultural sensitivity, building relationships and utilizing local resources to meet the identified needs. Our focus is on long-term discipleship and communal commitments remaining locally led, grounded, and sustainable.
Practice What We Pray
The causes of poverty are complex, which means that the road to restoration also needs to be multifaceted. Our programming is holistic. We address the needs individually and communally, taking into account the spiritual and physical well-being of those we serve, as well as their economic and social circumstances.
Our activities revolve around discipleship and formation, where we come together to follow Jesus and be led and filled with the Spirit.
At the heart of our work is a deep commitment to community, which includes a strong dedication to the local leaders, local residents, and local church as a catalyst for sustainable development.
We are committed to embodying healthy relationships, sustainable living, and abundant life with God. By sharing our lives together, we aim to model these relationships, build networks of access, and portray the beauty of Jesus.
We actively seek partnerships with schools, local governments, businesses, and other organizations. These relationships both enrich us and maximize our impact. Our existence relies on the faithful generosity of partnering donors who share our vision and values.
Our lifestyle celebrations center our motivations and actions, reflecting Jesus's life.
We celebrate intimacy with Jesus to be our highest calling and our created purpose.
We celebrate obedience as our loving response to the grace of Jesus.
We celebrate humility before God and humanity.
We celebrate community as a means for discipleship and service.
We celebrate service as an expression of our fellowship.
We celebrate submission to Jesus, each other and the poor.
We celebrate brokenness as our responsibility in ministry among the broken.
We celebrate simplicity as a privilege in identification with Jesus and the poor.
We celebrate suffering as a willing sacrifice in serving Jesus.
This is where you come in.
Generosity is rooted in relationships. There is connectedness in restoring love in the communities we serve. By choosing to advocate, donate, and grow in community with the most marginalized, we begin to experience this transformation together. Our generosity is rooted in knowing we can experience a fuller life together. The work has already begun, do you want to be a part of it?
Philosophy of Ministry
These philosophical commitments shape our missional direction.
Jesus and the Kingdom of God
Hebrews 12:28, 13:8. We are an ecumenical community of Christians united in obedience to Jesus for service among the poor. Our service flows from intimacy with Jesus and is guided by the values of the Kingdom of God.
The Most Vulnerable of the World's Poor
Matthew 25:40, James 2:5. We respond to the needs of the world by building community among those who lack sustainable access to resources and availability to opportunity.
Genesis 1:27, Mark 6:7, John 13:35, I Corinthians 12, Acts 4:32, Philippians 2:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17. Community, a tangible sign of the Kingdom of God, is our starting point for theological, ecclesiological, and missiological activity.
Matthew 10:7-10, I John 3:16-18. We posture ourselves in simplicity with open hands, dependent on God.
Incarnational, Holistic Mission
John 1:14, 20:21, II Corinthians 5:18-20, 8:9, Luke 4:18-19, Matthew 25:35-46, James 2:15-16, I John 3:16-18. We do not minister to the poor; we are in mission among the poor, identifying with them rather than integrating the poor into our reality.
Partnership in Mission
Revelation 5:9-10, Galatians 3:28. In our praxis of mutual submission, mission is dependent on partnership with local Christians and churches. Mission unifies us.
Stewardship of Creation
(Genesis 1:28, 2:15; Isaiah 11:9, 60; Jeremiah 29:1-14; Habakkuk 2:14; Matthew 9:35-36; 1 Corinthians 15; Galatians 5:22-23; Revelation 20-22) God has created humanity with and restored through Jesus the vocation of priesthood to order and care for creation.
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