Hope House exists to alleviate physical & spiritual poverty through gospel restoration.
Poverty is a complex and difficult issue. It is much deeper than simply not having food or money. It goes deep into the heart. Our goal is not solely to help people know Christ, although this is a major step in the process, but to see restoration occur in all area’s of a person’s life. When Helping Hurts, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, is tremendously helpful on this point. “Poverty is rooted in broken relationships, so the solution to poverty is rooted in the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection to put all things into right relationship again,” (p. 77). This restoration begins with God, but also extends to one’s self, and to others.
Our mission is all about helping those in poverty overcome it through the power of the gospel. The downtown area of Bowling Green, known as the Enterprise community, is an area of great need. The poverty level is high. The education level is poor. The amount of immigrants and refugee is significant. Broken homes and broken lives are all around us. Many people have want of things that many in our city have plenty – food, clothing, shelter, finances. Yet, our efforts must go beyond simply handing out goods. If we are going to truly help those in poverty, we must work toward restoration in all areas of life. Our mission is to show how the gospel of Jesus can bring victory in the midst of this brokenness. The gospel teaches us how to mend relationships with family and friends. The gospel teaches us how to honor God through working and providing for ourselves and our families. The gospel teaches us how be wise with our money and make financial decisions for the sake of Jesus and his Kingdom. Our main goal is not just to feel good about giving things to the poor. We are not better than those who are in need physically. We are not above looking down. Our main goal is to come beside those suffering, link arms with them as people who equally need God’s grace and love, and help them overcome their poverty. Our mission is to alleviate physical and spiritual poverty through gospel restoration. May God help us!