So yes, you have probably guessed it by now, our Christian faith plays a big part in who we are and what we do! Whilst we work with people of all faiths or none, our end goal is to advance the movement that Jesus started, until everything that is broken, becomes whole.
In Links we have a vision of a world that does not yet exist. It is a world where people live free from the strangle hold of sin and poverty, free to walk in their God given calling and reach their greatest potential. We believe that this world is what Jesus had in mind when he talked about 'God's Kingdom' coming on earth as it is in heaven.
We believe that our world is broken and that the original act of turning our backs on God, the source of all love and hope, affected every speck of the cosmos. Our relationship to our Creator and to a higher purpose broke in that moment.
Consequently our relationship with ourselves turned from freedom, to guilt and shame; our relationship with one another became one of accusation and blame and finally even our relationship with the earth itself became hostile. This is the bleak condition of so much of what we see on planet earth and that is why when Jesus burst on the scene proclaiming a different tomorrow, the very best term that could be found to name his message was 'Good News!', Gospel.
Because our faith is central to the out working of everything else, we inevitably find ourselves working closely with churches and faith communities around the world.
Over the years we have had the privilege of partnering with many churches in the majority world, providing resources by way of teaching, leadership development, discipleship programmes and church planting training, as well as helping church networks develop their missional strategy and activities both locally and further afield.
It is not uncommon for us to be both training teams in international development issues, around business, justice, agriculture and healthcare, alongside also speaking at church conferences, conventions and seminars.
We believe that this is all part of the same story, the mending of every broken relationship. As our relationship with God is made whole, we confront spiritual poverty, as our relationship with ourselves is made whole, we confront physiological and psychological poverty. As we train up leaders and churches, see young minds educated through innovative schooling, we see relationships with one another made whole and in turn confront sociological poverty. Finally as we train people up in eco-projects, agriculture, income generating projects and micro-enterprise initiatives, we see the relationship with the earth made whole and in doing so we confront economic and ecological poverty.
There is a new world being formed in the shell of the old! Will you join with us to see what is broken made whole?