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The driving force behind the work of Shepherd’s Hill International is to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the people of the Philippine Islands.  Throughout all of its ministries, SHI and Arapal desire to share the gift of grace and to demonstrate Christian love and compassion in action.  Therefore, at every opportunity when the recipients of their livelihood programs and other benevolence are most receptive, the staff of Arapal seeks to teach about Jesus and demonstrate how God wants His people to be blessed.  Children’s Bible classes, Bible studies for adults, and encouragement to become part of a church family are all part of the ethos of Arapal.

 

SHI believes that the best way to share Jesus is to be Jesus to our fellow men and women.  By giving people goats and other farm animals and teaching them economic skills and educating them, we are showing them the love of Christ and teaching them what it means to be his follower.  However, just like Jesus and his first century followers, we also want them to know the grace and love that comes through Christ and the blessings of living in the community of believers called the church.  Many of our goat and livelihood program staff are also church planters, preachers, and servant-hearted Christians.  Therefore, they are able to minister to the spiritual health of the people along with the physical health of the farm animals and the educational and skills training needs of the people.

 

SHI owes a lot to its founding by and support among members of the non-denominational churches of Christ, but we welcome participation and partnerships with Christians from many other fellowships with the intention of helping as many people as possible to gain a sustainable livelihood and to experience the blessings of knowing Christ.

 

The founding vision of Arapal is changing a country—spiritually and economically.  It is raising the poor to become a middle class, and encouraging the best and brightest not to leave the Philippines.  And this new middle class will have children that are not malnourished and are better educated.  This is the subculture which all of Arapal ministries are bringing to Jesus.  Arapal is bringing hope to the hopeless, as well as sharing the greatest Hope of all.