UNDERSTANDING RESTORATION
 
 
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy
And to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8
 
 
 
Restoration is about Jesus.
 
 
Restoration pursues long-term development.
 
 
 
Restoration happens collaboratively.
 
We recognize that poverty and injustice ultimately stem from broken relationships with God, fractured relationships in our community, and false conceptions of ourselves (Genesis 3-4, Amos 5:11-12). Therefore, we seek restoration in each of these relationships through the healing work of Jesus (2 Corinthians 8:9).
Jesus’ love for people led him beyond one-time encounters. He went to great lengths to make friends out of hurting, broken, and messy people (John 13:1he loved them to the end). Therefore, we pursue long-term relationships/ partnerships in all that we do.
We recognize that God has provided an abundant amount of resources to bring about change within our local neighborhoods. Therefore, we endeavor to develop relationships and partnership in a collaborative manner in order to leverage existing assets and promote sustainable outcomes.
 

We believe that the work of restoration is demonstrated through the work of justice and mercy.

Goal is Restoration

The “Means” is through Mercy and Justice
MERCY 
(1 Peter 1:3 – 5 & John 15:13)
 
Mercy is extending God’s unconditional love
Ultimately, God extends His mercy and justice through giving up His Son Jesus to take on the unbearable debt of sin that we owe to make a way for restored relationship with Him. Mercy is simply a way of showing compassion and God’s love to someone. It is providing care for those in crisis (Isa 58.6-7).
If mercy is temporarily alleviating someone’s suffering bound up in a broken system, justice is actually seeking to see that system changed to reflect the Kingdom of God. Justice is the work of God confronting and overcoming evil and sin, both individually and systemically in our world. The people of God are commanded to join God in this work; restoring God’s righteous purpose and shalom for all creation. For the follower of Christ, injustice is not an abstraction but a reality that we must identify, name, and intentionally address.
JUSTICE  
 
Justice is joining God in making things right
THE CALL
Isaiah 61:1-4
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion – to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.