When Jesus came to usher in the kingdom of God on earth, He turned the world’s value system upside down. To a culture obsessed with position and power, He modeled servanthood and love, lifting up the lowly and embracing those who were marginalized. In fact, in His very first public sermon, Jesus announced that He had come "to proclaim good news to the poor ... to set the oppressed free" (Luke 4:18). Compassion and justice for the poor was top on Jesus' mind.
"When the world asks, 'What is God like?' we should be able to say, 'Look at the church."— William R.L. Haley
At Willow Creek, it's top on our minds, too. Willow's Compassion & Justice ministries fight local and global poverty and injustice. Whether serving local guests in our Care Center or meeting the tangible needs of our brothers and sisters in Latin America or Africa, Willow seeks to bring holistic care—and the hope of Christ—to those who are struggling against poverty, both locally and around the world.
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Running for a Cause
Last year, more than 4,100 people ran, walked or strolled their way across the finish line of Willow’s second annual 5k run. A portion of each participants’ registration fee, went towards providing school-aged children in Africa and Latin America with uniform shoes—a requirement for school admission. This year, the 5k...
CAFO 2014 Comes to Willow
“My husband and I did not adopt in order to rescue a child; we adopted because we wanted to grow a family.” After adopting her two daughters, Dina realized more adoptions were not a possibility for her family, but her heart ached for the children left behind. “I thought about...
The Big Reveal: Celebration of Hope 2014
At Willow Creek, we believe the most powerful force for fighting global poverty isn’t just government, aid or charity—it is the local church. Because they know best what the needs in their own community are, Willow Creek partners with local churches in Africa, Asia, and Latin America as they provide...
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