The Gospels record that Jesus spoke of the kingdom of God 110 times. It was the topic He spoke about more than anything else. In His life, death and resurrection, the kingdom of God has broken into history. It is a kingdom in which love, justice and peace reign supreme, and where Jesus as the King is the bringer of all these things.
The picture of God that is revealed to us in Scripture is of a God who is relational. God is a Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – the ‘eternal community’ as psychologist Larry Crabb describes it. As a Christian organisation, we seek to embody this sense of a self-giving, redemptive, eternal, and serving community. Our mission involves the privilege of working with God in partnership to renew the world that God created and to play a part in establishing the Kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven.”
Paul’s letter to the Colossians says that Jesus is the one through whom everything was created, and Jesus Himself said that the Kingdom of God is in your midst . His physical resurrection in history shows that He leads us by example. Jesus empowers us and sends us out to work with Him to “make all things new.” This means we are to work with Him until He consummates the Kingdom, when all of creation will no longer be subject to decay but will finally be liberated from its bondage to death, corruption and injustice.
At World Vision Australia we understand our mission as working with God in the task of renewal through our development work in the form of Area Development Programs and other projects which focus on issues such as food security, water and sanitation, education, health, and economic development.