Make a New Resolution for Justice – Empower a Hero!

He will bring justice to all who have been wronged.He will not falter or lose heart until justice prevails throughout the earth.

Isaiah 42:3-4

At World Relief, we believe that justice begins when we empower the most vulnerable to be the heroes of their own stories of transformation.

World Relief - Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 4, 2014
World Relief - Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 4, 2014

And while it’s not the lead role, you have an important part to play. You’re invited to stand with these heroes and share their stories of physical, spiritual and economic change. Alongside their local churches, these brave women and men are leading their neighbors to overcome some of the worst injustices.

This is why Empower a Hero works (and why you should join us!):

  1. It’s sustainable: When we give out a single meal or a pair of shoes, we only provide temporary fixes to deeper issues. Instead, we need to get at the roots of poverty to make lasting changes. Through Empower a Hero, staff and local churches equip volunteers with the tools and training to become better parents, health workers, farmers or pastors. Then they share their knowledge with others, creating exponential transformation that grows and spreads throughout communities.
  2. It dignifies the vulnerable: Acts of charity have the potential to rob dignity from the poor and imply that they don’t have the strength or ability to lead their own communities out of poverty. But justice sees the vulnerable through the eyes of their Creator: loved, dignified and capable of using their gifts to serve their families and communities.
  3. It’s a movement of the global church: When the church here stands with the church across the world, we can do the work of justice together. Through Empower a Hero, World Relief works with local pastors to awaken their congregations to their God-given role: to proclaim the good news of Jesus in both word and deed. Then, church members are ready to address the spiritual and physical needs of their neighbors.

Throughout January, we’ll introduce you to several heroes who are empowered by local churches to rise above injustice – and who are inviting others to stand with them for change. We pray their stories will transform your heart as well.

Ready to sign up? You can join the movement today at Empowerahero.org!