Vision: Generating Christ centered economic growth.
Mission: Our mission is to seek to cultivate Christ’s hope in underdeveloped and impoverished areas of the world through agricultural and personal transformation. Building on borrowed talent, we seek to impact attitudes and practices that will promote the economic and social well-being of individuals, from a conviction that a changed life results from a Christ-changed heart.
Why Liberia? From 1980 to 2006 Liberia suffered through a series of civil wars that was for the most part unnoticed by the rest of the world. Starting with the assassination of President Tolbert and the public execution of 13 cabinet members by a rebel (later president) Samuel Doe, the horror continued as another prominent rebel (later president) Charles Taylor and his rebel army claimed power and took over in 1990. Over 300,000 people died during this time, wiping out entire generations of knowledge in expertise in what once was a thriving economy. Agriculture knowledge and skills vanished leaving the bush to encroach on what was productive farm ground. Today Liberia imports over 90% of its food, although Africa has some of the most arable soils in the world. Currently, 70% of the Liberians are farmers and 51% live in urban areas. The population of Liberia is about 4.2 million people. The CIA World Fact book states that there are 230 countries in the world and Liberia is the 226th poorest country, with the majority of the population living on less than $1.25 a day.
Although the majority (>80%) of Liberia’s populations is classified as Christian, the true gospel of Jesus Christ is very difficult to find. Instead, what you will find is the prosperity gospel (people preaching that the more money you give to the church, the more blessings you will receive) or a gospel that has been water-down, mixed, altered, and blended with a variety of tribal religions making it in no way reflective of the true power and love of Jesus Christ.
Not only are people suffering from physical hunger, but they are suffering from spiritual hunger as well. Hope in the Harvest is committed to addressing both of these needs by addressing both the material and spiritual roots issues of poverty in Liberia.
Faithfulness: We have to work and carefully look after God’s garden, which He has entrusted to us.
- Genesis 2:15, “Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.”
Humility: Jesus demonstrated and instructed us to walk in servant leadership. He spent His life fulfilling His Father’s desire for Him, never elevating Himself, but rather humbling Himself and exercising unselfishness.
- 1 Corinthians 10:31, “… whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”.
Mercy: As Christians it is our responsibility to be a faithful steward and teacher, so that others can benefit from your understanding.
- Luke 12:48b, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.”
Witness: We witness spiritually by leading people through confession and repentance and thereafter, by faith, to the appointment of Jesus as Lord and Savior. With this precious gift of salvation we have the right to be called children of God and have our names written in the book of eternal life.
- Matthew 28:16-20, “Then Jesus came to them and said ‘All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'”