We are a recognized NGO from the United States, but more importantly we are a group of people who are seeking to live out the simple Christian ethos that is found in Galatians 5:14: "the whole law is fulfilled in one word, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" It is our desire to love and serve others because we have been given such a great and abundant love to share. This love is not just inspirational, not just motivational, but this love is transformational. Specifically, we place ourselves in pathways to intersect refugees from around the world who may need a friend, an interpreter of their new culture, and an advocate.
Origin Story: Our non-profit was originally birthed from the missions program of a small church plant. However, after a few years it became apparent that our desire was to fully focus upon the poor and spread our church members among different churches within our city. It was, and still is, our ardent vision that our time and resources are spent serving those with little hope. Our Board of Directors, and many of our advocates, were part of our original launch team and are still serving within many of our initiatives today.
Development of The 5:14 Initiative: In 2009, we began focussing our time and resources locally to serve the robust refugee community within our city. Globally, we began working with churches in Uganda to serve those with little hope in their villages. In 2013, we made the move to become a full-time non-profit and in 2014, we were able to expand our reach to neighboring Rwanda. In 2018, we opened an office in Berlin, Germany where we operated for four years.
Next Chapter: In 2023, we will continue to serve all of these communities in North Carolina, Uganda, Rwanda, Berlin, and in Poland where we are leasing a house for Ukrainian refugees.