The values that guide our work.
See. Engage. Belong. Build.
We see at-risk children and the problems they face.
We engage with communities and local partners to provide grassroots solutions.
We strengthen communities to create a sense of belonging and safety for at-risk children.
We build sustainable solutions and partner with Local Care Networks to execute long-lasting change.
Our Statement of Faith
The Gospel in Action
We value the communicating of the message of God’s love for everyone in the entire world. As Ephesians 2:4–5 lays out, “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!).” And John 3:16, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” God sent His son to save the world!
To share the Gospel effectively, we communicate it through our words and our actions. We seek to be authentic witnesses by telling others they are loved by Jesus and by showing his love to them.
We value volunteerism, men and women who are willing to give of themselves, their talent and their time to see the Kingdom advanced. The value of the selfless act of serving others was modeled by the New Testament Church consistently, and we believe it is essential in the growth of our walk with Christ.
We value the Great Commission as described in Matthew 28:18–20. “Jesus came and told His disciples, ‘I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’”
We value the conscious efforts of the Church, in its corporate capacity, to proclaim the Gospel among peoples in the nations. We value missions and the work of the Church to become an irresistible influence to an unbelieving world.
Equip and Engage
Jesus said, “The workers are few.” We equip, train and engage people in serving around the world. We will do that by training them to serve, creating opportunities for them to serve and supporting them while they serve.
We serve a living God who is active in meeting people’s needs, physically and spiritually. Scripture is clear that He calls us to follow Him in this endeavor. We reach out to those in need, showing Christ’s love with the goal of meeting their physical and spiritual needs. People often most clearly see the Gospel in action in the form of meeting needs.
God intended for the Church to be the primary instrument to reach the world and make disciples. All of the staff and board of SOS International are committed, giving, and serving members of local congregations. Our primary emphasis is to empower and equip members of the Body of Christ to effectively reach the world. This is achieved by designing and supporting outreaches that allow an opportunity for them to love the lost and the needy. We believe that the local body of Christ is the hope of the world.
We define leadership as a strategic, passionate influence that affects change. We recognize that good leadership is one of the keys to effective ministry. We seek to invest in leaders, both within SOS and in the communities we serve, who will be capable of accomplishing outstanding results through loving and serving their communities with excellence.
We are committed to establishing long-lasting relationships that will increase impact and ensure strong, long-lasting direction for each of the projects we support and are involved in. Our motivation comes from our desire for all our projects to be an extension of God’s Kingdom.
Worship is the point of missions. Effective missions awaken a hunger for God’s glory, stirring hearts and minds with an awe and awareness of the greatness of God. Mission rings with the truth “Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all the gods” (Psalm 96:4).
Sustainable and Reproducible Models
We value the development of models of ministry that can be sustained and multiplied within the cultural context in which implementation happens. We partner with Local Care Networks on the ground to assess locally available resources and partner in executing solutions that bring about lasting change.