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What we do

Arise Connect

Portfolio Director: Carmen Pretorius

It is clear throughout scripture that God is profoundly interested in the welfare of the poor and oppressed. Yet in the last century there was a debate that raged about the rival merits of evangelism and social responsibility. John Stott insightfully writes that this debate was never necessary as it "expressed an unbiblical dualism between body and soul, this world and the next. In any case we are called both to witness and to serve; both are part of our Christian ministry and mission.” Some view social action as a means to evangelism, others see it as a manifestation of evangelism. Yet, once again, Stott rightly affirms that evangelism and social action are to work side by side. “As partners the two belong to each other and yet are independent of each other. Each stand on its own feet in its own right alongside the other. Neither is a means to the other, or even a manifestation of the other. For each is an end in itself. Both are expressions of unfeigned love.”

Bono, an influential activist tackling poverty in Africa  writes; “...we could be the first generation to outlaw the kind of extreme, stupid poverty that sees a child die of hunger in a world of plenty, or of a disease preventable by a twenty-cent inoculation. We are the first generation that can afford it ...History will be our judge, but what is written is up to us.”

Hence, ARISE Connect strives to meet as much of the practical needs of the disadvantaged as we are able; to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and heal the sick.

Current work

The following projects are currently underway to meet some of the need:


What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”

JAMES 2:14-18 (NLT)