Faith and Values
Statement of Faith
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- We believe that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man, and that it is verbally inspired, authoritative and without error in the original manuscripts.
- We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death on the cross to provide for our redemption, bodily resurrection, and ascension into heaven, present ministry of intercession for us, and His return to earth in power and glory.
- We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, that he performs the miracle of the new birth in unbelievers and indwells believers, enabling them to live godly lives.
- We believe that man was created in the image of God, but because of sin, was alienated from God. Only through faith, trusting in Christ alone for salvation, which was made possible by His death and resurrection, can that alienation be removed.
How We Serve (Best Practices)
• By Grace because:
- Nobody is perfect.
- Community is messy.
- Forgiveness given and received is healing.
Best Practice: Make the most of every opportunity to share grace in the form of loving, patient and forgiving thoughts and actions.
• With Excellence because:
- We will more fully address the needs of those in need.
- We are entrusted with the resources of others to manage it well for greater good.
- Serving with integrity and excellence is a more powerful testimony of our faith than our words. And our actions must back up our words.
Best Practice: Serve with excellence doing all for the glory of God.
• In Relationship because:
- Everyone has something to contribute in life. We can learn valuable lessons in life and faith by learning from those around us, especially refugees.
- “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
- We treat the vulnerable, outcast and forgotten as people, not as projects.
- We are to make disciples and a relationship with God takes time to develop and nurture.
Best Practice: Develop mutually learning and contributing relationships with those we serve. Share your life and faith in the context of long-term, meaningful relationships.
• To Empower because:
- The goal of disciple-making is for those being discipled to, in turn, become disciple-makers.
- Everyone has something to contribute in life. When given the right tools, people will be empowered to contribute.
- Long-term meeting of basic needs (food, clothing, furniture…), often leads to dependency.
- While we believe a better life is not complete without a relationship with God through Jesus, people have additional goals and needs.
Best Practice: Do more than just meet the immediate needs of refugees, help them discover and accomplish their own goals.
• To Disciple because:
- People best grow in relationship.
- People best grow and in community.
- The teaching and actions of Jesus are best grasped in the context of relationship.
- The greatest commands of our faith is to love God and to love others. Jesus taught and modeled that in the context of teaching relationships (Mt. 28:18-20).
Best Practice: Disciple in the context of long-term, meaningful relationships.
Core Values Explanation
God changes lives. He enlists us to be a part of it. The only way we can be in tune with what He is doing is in His Presence. We pray for His heart, for His leading, for His will to be done. We pray to discern His direction, the wisdom to respond well and the strength to carry it out.
The Refuge has a fundamental value to love God and love others. We also believe that none can attain an abundant, thriving life alone. To effectively accomplish our mission, we strive to relate well to not only those we serve, but also those with whom we serve in a spirit of love, grace, humility and unity.
For it is by grace we have life and have it to the full. Just as we have received the grace of God for our mess, we strive to live in the grace of God to point others to the One who redeems, forgives, heals and provides life to the full.
Working with the vulnerable carries the risk of creating dependency. The Refuge prioritizes initiatives which offer a path to greater self-sufficiency. We create opportunities for accountable, supportive and effective decision-making. We provide environments where people are free to contribute not only to their own well-being, but also to the well-being of their families, neighbors and communities.
The Refuge believes that maximum influence and benefit for refugees towards its mission are the product of excellence in programs, continual improvement by staff and partners, and delivery of unparalleled value in the way we manage all of our resources.