“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
As many will know, Anchor of Hope Community Development is the Non-Profit Organisation that sprang out of the conversion of the very old Dutch Reformed Church of Port Elizabeth Central to the new, bright and spacious Anchor of Hope Church, still in Central PE. (For the very inspiring account of the actual conversion, please go to our sister website where you will be able to read the full story.)
The NPO was registered in 2012 with the vision and self-appointed mission of bringing hope to the inner-city community of Port Elizabeth by providing relevant programs and opportunities to empower the people in the area towards self-development and to equip them with employable skills.
AoHCD is currently a leader in bringing refreshing change and new life to a community and displaying an exemplary leadership in reaching out to the poor and the needy of a given city area. Like so many similar organisations in South Africa, AoHCD has grown out of a painful history of racial prejudice to become a platform of welcome to peoples from all nationalities and backgrounds, and as such is slowly making headway in the community.
The Vision of AoHCD is simply to bring hope
to the inner-city community of Port Elizabeth.
The single minded mission of the Anchor of Hope Community Development outreach is to provide programs and opportunities that empower people to self-development by equipping them with employable skills.
Asset-based in seeking to use the strengths of people as a means to determine the design, use and value of our programs;
Networking which seeks to use the strengths of our various ministries as well as drawing upon the strengths of our partners;
Christ-centred approach where the Mind of Christ underpins all our actions, decisions and programmes;
Holistic in addressing, as far as possible, the physical, social and spiritual needs of all we serve;
Outfitting people thus equipping them to move from crisis to self-sufficiency;
Relational in seeking to be involved in the life in the community we serve.
This certain HOPE of being saved is a strong and trustworthy ANCHOR for our souls, connecting us with God himself behind the sacred curtains of heaven, where Christ has gone ahead to plead for us from his position as our High Priest, with the honour and rank of Melchizedek – Hebrews 6:19-20 Living Bible.