Birthed out of 25+ years’ experience with Youth for Christ, Jos and Sylvia Holtzhausen launched Christ’s Hope International to provide a Christ-centered response to the AIDS crisis in Africa. As firsthand witnesses to the devastation of AIDS on children and families, they had encountered many of the overwhelming number of children left vulnerable and orphaned, and they felt called to respond.
The response was the creation of Christ’s Hope International. As with many likeminded organizations – their first efforts were building children’s homes. Many children in need had extended family members in their communities, but they didn’t want to take them in because these family members were impoverished themselves and couldn’t realistically afford to feed another mouth – let alone pay school fees or medical bills. Children’s homes seemed like the best solution to this problem.
Yet over time and with increased experience it became clear to Christ’s Hope that children’s homes – what is called institutional care – is not a biblical or productive way to approach solving the crisis at hand. Instead of placing children in children’s homes, Christ’s Hope discovered that the biblical approach is for these children to remain with their families. This meant that Christ’s Hope needed to change it’s model.
Thus our Ministry CarePoint model was born. We have since closed all of our children’s homes and now focus all of our ministry on going into areas with high AIDS infected, orphaned and vulnerable children populations. We intervene and help children who are vulnerable to being institutionalized, neglected, abandoned, or trafficked. The impact of this approach has been incredible!
Bringing the life-changing message of Jesus Christ to children and families infected with and affected by HIG and AIDS through discipling and care giving, presenting them perfect in Christ Jesus.
Caring for the AIDS affected child.
Uncompromisingly Biblical, Unashamedly Christian
Passion for God
Our passion is to love the Lord God with all our heart, soul, and strength, striving to do His will and glorify Him by being His hands, feet, mouth and ears, as ambassadors of the living Lord.
We believe that holiness for the Christian is not an option, it is a command. It is only through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that believers are empowered to lead holy lives, set apart by obedience and sincere love, having been born again through the living and enduring word of God.
We believe that we should clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Compassion is this: That we reach out in care and love to those who are harassed and helpless, stricken and rejected, the orphans and widows.
We believe that we have been saved by grace and grace alone. We live in the humility of that grace and strive to extend the same grace to those we care for, those we serve with, and those who support us.
We desire to not only know what God can do, but have the confident expectation of knowing what God will do.
We believe the body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one spirit into one body, whether Jew or Greek, slave or free, and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
We believe evangelism is the ultimate expression of compassion. Evangelism means caring for physical, medical, and emotional needs as a starting point for offering the living water of salvation.
We emphasize the importance of relationships that prompt vital, active service, and submission to Christ. Our aim is not to make disciples for ourselves, but disciples of the Living Lord.
We believe that God’s plan for His people is abstinence from sexual activity before marriage and faithfulness with sexual purity in marriage.
We believe the institution of marriage is intended by God to be a permanent, lifelong commitment between one man and one woman enduring by the power of the Holy Spirit regardless of trials, sickness, financial challenges or emotional stresses that may ensue. Strong marriages depend on sexual purity before marriage and faithfulness in marriage.
We believe the family is the God-designed, basic building block of society. We work toward strengthening existing families, nurturing broken families and providing vision for future families.
The Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God (2 Timothy 3:15-17).
That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 4:4-6).
In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ born of a virgin, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His future personal return in power and glory (Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:14 & 4:15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:11 & 2:22-24; John 1:1-4; Matthew 1:4).
That repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit and that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. We are saved by grace through faith, not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 24:46-47; Acts 4:12; John 14:6).
In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a godly life (Galatians S:16-18; Romans 8:9).
In the resurrection of both the saved – and the lost – unto the resurrection of eternal life, for the saved, and the lost unto eternal separation from God (Revelation 20:11-15; I Corinthians 15:51-57).
In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all believers are members of His body, the Church (Ephesians 1:22-23; I Corinthians 12:12 & 27).