Our mission statement calls us to be more like Jesus Christ for our community and beyond. In January, 2017 we made a significant commitment to being Christ beyond Belmont by investing in the lives of vulnerable children through Zoe. We became a Zoe Hope Companion and are partnered with the Abishyizehamwe (“Together”) community in Giti, Rwanda. This community of vulnerable children and orphans is on a journey to overcome extreme poverty, improve their own lives and the lives of those around them. At the end of our three year commitment, we hope for children to emerge from ZOE able to secure their own food, send their siblings to school, run businesses, and be leaders in their community. And perhaps especially, they will understand God’s love for them and pass their blessings on to other children in need.
ZOE is a distinctive three-year program, developed in Africa that empowers orphans and vulnerable children around the world to overcome extreme poverty, become fully self-reliant, and learn of God’s love for them. Active in Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Liberia, Guatemala and India, ZOE has over 30,000 children enrolled.
ZOE is invited into communities where orphans are already living and brings them together in supportive working groups of 60-100 children. ZOE’s indigenous staff members help these children articulate their own dreams for their lives. ZOE then provides the small inputs and training they need to work together to transform their lives injust three years. These children who often feel beyond God’s love are able to both see and hear the gospel in ways that are compelling but not coercive.
This is a 3-year commitment for our church, and we will be raising $24,000 (average of $8,000/year) from Jan 2017 – Dec 2019.
How can you help?
You can contribute to our Zoe effort by clicking here.
You can volunteer to join or help our Zoe committee by emailing Kari Langley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can pray for ZOE, for the ZOE staff, and expecially for our young brothers and sisters in Rwanda who will be working to escape poverty and learn of God’s love.