Our mission focus is the four "R's":
REDEEM. The Batwa have been held under captivity of both being separated from God and as conservation refugees. The struggle has been real. The hope is that through being the hands and feet of Jesus, Hope Ministries Uganda will help free the Batwa from captivity and they will discover a relationship with the living God. They will no longer be called unworthy. They have a new name and a new life. God is not done with them.
RESTORE. To restore is to bring back into existence. The Gospel message restores the relationship that God had originally intended to have with the Batwa. It restores families as they learn about how God originally created family. The goal is to restore families as they begin to understand the importance of family and especially the father figure and of course the Father figure. Through restoration of the family, the hope is that child abandonment and the number of orphans will decrease. Through restoration we hope to have opportunities to find land where the Batwa can settle, have a home, and begin a new life through our programs to move towards self sufficiency. Research shows that when families become land owners and can be taught to grow their own food, that the child mortality rate decreases. The Batwa children have the highest mortality rate in all of Uganda.
REBUILD. To rebuild the ancient ruins is a beautiful vision. As the Batwa understand and learn that they have been redeemed and restored, their lives can be rebuilt. The vision that Pastor Gerald has been given has been to do this through education, vocational training, demonstration farms, entrepreneurship programs, medical outreaches, church planting, nutritional food programs for children and nursing mothers, caring for orphans and abandoned children, and counseling and discipling families, men and women.
RAISE UP. The final goal will be to raise up a new generation who will rise up and out of poverty and be restored in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Through rebuilding the ancient ruins and educating local tribes, the Batwa will no longer feel forgotten and hopeless. Hope is rising up.