WHY HOPE: What’s in a Name?


“Raising a new generation of Christian leaders from Africa’s prisons – a discipleship journey that will return the churches to those they have forgotten and restore the prisoners with the community they have harmed”

The backbone of this journey—and of our name—is hope.

In a cynical, scarred world, hope has fallen out of favor. It is perceived as weakness and naïve thinking. This is not the hope we have experienced in the Gospel.

This is not the hope Paul writes about in Romans 5:3. “…we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,  and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame…”

Hope sees the world as it is—with all of its ugly brokenness. Hope sees the suffering in Africa’s forgotten prisons and the suffering of communities that have been shattered by crime.

Hope sees it all… and rejoices! God is not finished. Hope sees the world in all its dark reality, but it also sees Jesus at work—building something new.

Since 1991, this hope has been at the centre of our ministry. Strategies and programs come and go; but this hope does not change.

Photo credit: Hope by polsifter, CC-BY


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