VMI – Apostolic Lighthouse has partnered with Vision Ministries International
to aide those in need and in crisis. The purpose of VMI is:
Vision Ministries International, Inc. draws upon a rich
tradition of Scripture which serves as the guiding principle
and provides us with a vision of how we are called to serve
those in need. These Principles are shared across religious
and cultural boundaries and articulate values that are
common among people who seek assist and aid those who have
been ravaged by natural calamities, wars, and diseases.
We strive to respond to the mission of VMI and to the
needs of our brothers and sisters throughout the world,
regardless of creed, race, or nationality. In order to
enjoy the confidence of the global community, VMI may not
take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies
of a political, racial, religious, or ideological nature.
The dramatic global changes and challenges taking place
throughout the world give special urgency to the call to
action. As staff and collaborators within Vision Ministries
International, Inc., we recognize our special responsibility
to use our talents, and the resources under our stewardship,
to stretch forth our arms of service throughout this nation
and into the global community to reach those in need.
Born of a desire to bring assistance, hope and a brighter
future to people in need, VMI will aid in rebuilding lives
utilizing the following principles.
Vision Ministries International, Inc. is founded on the
belief that each person possesses a basic dignity that
comes directly from God. Because of this belief, we advance
the intrinsic value and equality of all human beings
when called upon to aid in their calamity.
• We understand ourselves to be a part of a wider
global family and believe that our responsibilities to
one another cross national, cultural, and religious boundaries.
This allows us to build partnerships, which results in
a greater impact and more focused effort in serving those
who are in need.
• The poor and marginalized have the most urgent
claim on our mission as their vulnerability and oppression
harms us all. We seek to stand alongside suffering communities
in solidarity, sharing our talents, resources, and time
with them, and analyzing and addressing structural causes
and systems that continue to impoverish them.
• In places we work and serve, we seek to honor
the autonomy of local communities, encouraging individual,
family, and other shared initiatives which allow people
to direct their own development process. At the invitation
of local communities, we enter into local partnerships
and strive to provide creative assistance for unmet needs.
• We believe that there is an inherent integrity
of Creation, and we recognize that a delicate relationship
exists between protecting our resources and promoting full
human development. We seek to be creative in finding ways
to make the earth's resources flourish and to avoid their
depletion through waste of assets, products, talent, human
energy, and time. We seek responsible stewardship of those
resources entrusted to us through support for programs
and activities which are ecologically sustainable and are
in harmony with the local environment.