MISSION AND VISION
The primary purpose of this special commitment to the poor is to enable them to become active participants in the life of society. It is to enable all persons to share in and contribute to the common good. The “option for the poor,” therefore, is not an adversarial slogan that pits one group or class against another. Rather it states that the deprivation and powerlessness of the poor wounds the whole community. The extent of their suffering is a measure of how far we are from being a true community of persons. These wounds will be healed only by greater solidarity with the poor and among the poor themselves as we reach out to them with practical examples of the love of Jesus Christ.
God’s word teaches that our brothers and sisters are the prolongation of the incarnation for each of us: “As you did it to one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40). The way we treat others has a transcendent dimension: “The measure you give will be the measure you get” (Mt 7:2). It corresponds to the mercy which God has shown us: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you . . . For the measure you give will be the measure you get back” (Lk 6:36-38).
In view of this, Gates of Zion Ministry’s commitment is absolute priority of “going forth from ourselves toward our brothers and sisters” as one of the two great commandments which ground every moral norm and as the clearest sign for discerning spiritual growth in response to God’s completely free gift.
Recognize and know the times in which we live in our diverse communities and by extension the world and the danger this poses to our spiritual lives
SCHEDULE AND STRATEGY
We establish a program to train and mentor new volunteers and traditional owner rangers. We also develop and implement a monitoring and evaluation framework to assess joint management effectiveness for the Gate of Zion Ministry arrangements work for the departments to know whether the arrangements themselves are functioning effectively.
In the light of the peril, we must walk circumspectly; we must take heed to our walk, keep our eyes on the Lord, and use our blessings in Christ for godly living. If we will do this, we will develop the ability to handle CONCERNS in the lives of others and avoid disqualification.