New Hope defines “justice” as our way of trying to live out Christ’s words in Matthew 7:12, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you…”
There are people within our community, as well as around the world, who are facing drastically different circumstances than most of us face on a daily basis. Jesus Christ met people right where they were and loved and served them. In the same way, we attempt to put ourselves in their shoes so we can discover how best we can love and serve those who need it most. We may not always get it right, our motivation will always be love, and our desire will be to treat others in the way we would want to be treated.
New Hope’s Justice focuses locally on an awareness of where we live, work and play each day; while globally we seek to expand our understanding of who our “neighbors” truly are. In both these areas, the intent is to encourage people to “live on mission” at all times as an expression of Jesus Christ. You may not know yet where God is calling you to engage and serve, but that’s okay! We encourage you to explore, try new things, and ask lots of questions. We don’t believe that the opportunities listed on these pages are a complete picture of where God is calling us as a church… As God moves you to love and serve wherever you’re at, then we believe that our church takes on the full expression of Jesus Christ that we are called to be.
New Hope Justice Ministries
Refugee Care Collective
Refugees arrive to the United States with very little and they have to quickly rebuild their lives again. Refugee Care Collective delivers restart kits filled with essential items for the home. The kits give newly arriving refugee families everything they need to start a new life. Please drop your restart kit off at New Hope on October 23 or October 30. For a list of items and deadlines, click here. Please contact Sara Hahn-Huston with any questions.
Get Involved: Provide a restart kit for a refugee family, adopt a family, pray for refugees all around the world (safety, health & provisions).
New Hope is proud to partner with Clackamas Service Center, learning and growing together as we serve the least of these right here in our own backyard. We serve meals on a regular basis, however there are many ways to get involved as our partnership continues to grow. For information and to get involved please contact Dan Williams.
Get involved: Serve a meal once a month, help cook a meal for the Clackamas Service Center (around 100 people), volunteer during the day, donate needed items, assemble care packages.
World Venture | Anti-Sex Trafficking
Are you aware of the impact sex trafficking has on our community? By its very nature, sex trafficking is a crime of deception. The slow but consistent downfall of morals in America has not only allowed but invited sex trafficking into our cities, towns and backyards. Simply being angry and concerned is no longer enough. Want to join us in raising awareness and lending our hearts and hands to those who want out? Email Sonya Morgansen to learn more.
Get Involved: Learn about what’s happening with sex trafficking in our community, take the 7-week class: “A Biblical Response to Anti-Sex Trafficking” in 2017 (Date, TBA).
Bridge Church | Prison Fellowship
Men and women who have an authentic encounter with Christ while they are behind bars need the support of the local church when they return to society. A bridge church introduces the church to a prisoner approximately 12 months prior to release. It commits to “adopt” the ex-prisoner for another 12 months after release. This church provides mentors (fully trained by PF), identifies resources available within the church and works with a local PF re-entry team to help the ex-prisoner find clothing,
housing and employment. To learn more, email Dave Overby.
Get Involved: Write cards, letters or visit a chosen prisoner prior to release, mentor an ex-prisoner (you will be fully trained by Prison Fellowship as you encourage, befriend & guide), work with a local re-entry team to help the ex-prisoner find clothing, housing & employment.
Open Arms International | Eldoret, Kenya
The mission of Open Arms International is to help orphaned and abandoned children in Africa through medical expertise, education, and Christian ministry. We currently accomplish this by providing homes for 135 orphaned and abandoned children on a 52-acre self-sustainable village near Eldoret, Kenya. We also operate two schools in the area and have a feeding and mentoring program for 500 additional children in Eldoret. To get involved globally or locally, please email Open Arms International.
Get Involved: Join a team trip to Open Arms, volunteer at our Portland office, donate supplies, sponsor a child.
Welcome Home Outreach | Vicente Guerrero, Mexico
The primary mission of Casa Hogar Bienvenidos (Welcome Home Outreach) is to provide free Christian pre-school for approximately fifty children, ages 2-6 years. Most of the children come from homes where a single mother is working in the fields to provide for her family. Without the free care offered by Welcome Home, some parents might be forced to leave their youngest children in the care of older siblings who, in turn, would be unable to attend school. To learn more, email Mike & Missy Lewis.
Get Involved: Join a New Hope Mexio Missions team, contribute clothing and hygiene items, contribute financially, pray for the ministry.