“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, and I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
– Words of Jesus in Matthew 25:35-36
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.” — Words of the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 61:1-4 and quoted by Jesus in Luke 4:18-19
AGAPE’S PROMISE is a ministry to persons or families who are homeless or face other severe life-instability. Our intent is to partner with a person or family so they may move toward a more whole and healthy place in life. Read on to learn more about our aims, efforts and the values behind what we try to do.
AGAPE’S PROMISE partnerships aim for benefits that include: improved healthy spiritual life; permanent, safe, and healthy living situation; sound mental health; stable physical health; improved financial outlook; consistent employment that results in financial sustainability; and/or, a support group and relationships to help sustain a healthy life.
BUILDING CAPACITY FOR LIFE
Partnership support tends to focus on intermediate- and long-term growth, depending upon the strengths and weaknesses of each person or family. Our aims assume that every person and family have strengths, so our partnership provides encouragement to those strengths and offers support to areas of potential growth, in areas that include financial counseling, job readiness, addiction recovery support, and spiritual growth through participation with Little Rock Church.
In many of our partnerships, individuals or families may join our Transitional Work Program, whose mission is to provide holistic support to individuals who lack stable residence but desire a more healthy and productive life. This program also has a residential component.
To encourage and equip neighbors in our community, we also offer a Career Workshop. Currently in a pilot phase, Career Workshop is offered once or twice a year to equip and encourage persons on a path toward stable, meaningful employment. Participants learn about barriers to employment, resume preparation, and skills for successful interviews. And, participants work out a plan that will help them to obtain meaningful, sustainable employment. Particular attention is given to one’s spiritual life, relationship with God, and their connections to meaningful work and whole and healthy living. Clickhere for more on the Career Workshop.
MEETING IMMEDIATE NEEDS
Our partnerships with individuals and families may also include assistance with immediate needs including food, clothing, or housing. For more on our “Food for the Hungry Ministry,” click here.
Scripture reveals the loving heart of God. Since we desire that our relationships and partnerships reflect his heart, the following values shape the work of Agape’s Promise:
- All people are uniquely gifted. God created all people with a unique set of talents and abilities in order to bless his creation and honor him.
- People are made to live productive and interdependent lives. God made individuals for productive, responsible, and holistic healthy living that is reliant on the power of the Holy Spirit, contributes to society, and is interdependent with others.
- The church invites people to look to their Creator. The church is called to extend to all people the invitation to follow Jesus, to live in his hope and depend upon the power of the Holy Spirit, so that they might live out their created intent.
- The church is called to be vulnerable and walk with the vulnerable. The calling of the church is a calling to vulnerability in the world. That calling includes loving supportive relationships with socially and economically vulnerable people so they realize and apply their unique set of talents and abilities in ways that bless creation and honor the Creator.