Although Hope In Our City officially launched in 2014, the journey began years ago!
Katie’s first mission trip was when she was 11; mine was when I was 16. We saw first-hand the need throughout the world. We learned how much God had blessed us with family, clothes, an education and hope. God planted the seed.
As we attended The King’s College in New York City, we were taught of God’s heart for the city, and that one day when He returns, He would be establishing a new city. It was during my senior year of college that I wrote a business plan to start an inner city ministry in Denver. God watered the seed.
A few years ago, we felt God’s guidance leading us to move into the city of Denver. We wanted to be connected to a community that we could invest into and be a part of. We didn’t know what God’s plans were, but trusted Him. The seed took root.
Over the next two years a longing in our hearts for our community became more obvious. God was doing something. He was setting up change. I hate change. However, it became clear that now was the time to start Hope in Our City. The seed that God planted years ago, before Katie and I had even met, has now blossomed and is taking shape!
History shows the negative consequences society reaps when at-risk individuals lack hope and become disengaged from their communities. It is our passion to engage these individuals and communities here in Denver. We focus on refugee communities as there is arguably no community of vulnerable people with a greater disengagement from their surroundings.
God has taught us the importance of holistic community transformation. It is necessary to invest into the entire network of people: leaders, churches, parents/guardians, children, schools, medical resources, etc. That is why Hope in Our City will focus on entire communities.
Our strategy is that through building relationships we will be able to develop individuals in the seven specific areas of language, employment, education, life-skills, citizenship, health and spiritual development. An individual bettering themselves in these areas will lead to a better community, which leads to a stronger city, which leads to a healthier nation and ultimately a world filled with hope today and for all eternity through belief in Jesus.
There are three areas we ask you to consider partnering with us in:
- Join our prayer team: we’ll send out prayer requests to you on a regular basis. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up.
- Volunteer: If you are in the Denver area there will be plenty of opportunities, but if you live outside of Denver you can also spread the word and tell others about Hope in Our City. Email email@example.com to sign-up or learn more.
- Donate: We are starting from scratch so whatever you can give will be a tremendous help. Ideally, we ask that you consider setting up a monthly gift to continually support Hope In Our City throughout the year.
Thank you for joining us and creating true hope in our city!
Jordan and Katie Fischer