In the early 2000s, Jos and Sylvia Holtzhausen faced a pivotal moment in their journey of service in Namibia, Africa. The couple, deeply engaged with Youth for Christ Namibia, found themselves torn between the familiarity of their established work and the pressing reality of HIV and AIDS affecting countless children left orphaned. Sylvia, influenced by the parable of Peter stepping out of the boat by faith, felt a compelling call to address the needs of HIV and AIDS-affected children and families directly. In response to this calling, they courageously stepped into uncharted waters, founding Christ’s Hope International in 2003 as an orphanage to care for the AIDS-affected children left behind by the devastating impact of the epidemic.
However, as the organization delved deeper into the complexities of the situation, they realized that the traditional orphanage model was not always the most effective solution. Many children in their care weren’t necessarily orphans, and often, extended family members were willing and able to provide a home for them. Recognizing the emotional and intellectual disadvantages of institutional care, Christ’s Hope underwent a transformative shift in its approach. The organization transitioned from the orphanage model to the Ministry CarePoint model, focusing on community and family-based care. This shift allowed them to not only address the immediate needs of the children but also to empower family members with the resources necessary to care for the children within their existing social and cultural context.
Since its inception in 2003, Christ’s Hope International has expanded its reach from serving in one country to seven countries across Africa. This growth reflects the commitment to adapting our model for maximum impact. Today, with operations in Namibia, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Eswatini, Christ’s Hope continues to uphold its Ministry CarePoint model, providing comprehensive support for over 1,800 orphaned and vulnerable children, ensuring they can remain within their families and communities while receiving the care they need to thrive.
Empowering orphaned and vulnerable children to break the cycles of extreme poverty, AIDS, and spiritual brokenness through family-based care and discipleship in Jesus Christ.
Transforming the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in extreme poverty.
Uncompromisingly Biblical, Unashamedly Christian
Passion for God
Our passion is to love the Lord God with all our heart, soul, and strength, striving to do His will and glorify Him by being His hands, feet, mouth and ears, as ambassadors of the living Lord. (Deuteronomy 6:5)
We believe that holiness for the Christian is not an option, it is a command. It is only through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that believers are empowered to lead holy lives, set apart by obedience and sincere love, having been born again through the living and enduring word of God. (1 Peter 1:15)
We believe that we should clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Compassion is this: That we reach out in care and love to those who are harassed and helpless, stricken and rejected, the orphans and widows. (Colossians 3:12)
We believe that we have been saved by grace and grace alone. We live in the humility of that grace and strive to extend the same grace to those we care for, those we serve with, and those who support us. (Ephesians 1:4-5)
We desire to not only know what God can do, but have the confident expectation of knowing what God will do. (Hebrews 11:1)
We believe the body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jew or Greek, slave or free, and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. (1 Corinthians 12:12)
We believe evangelism is the ultimate expression of compassion. Evangelism means caring for physical, medical, and emotional needs as a starting point for offering the living water of salvation. (John 4:14)
We emphasize the importance of relationships that prompt vital, active service, and submission to Christ. Our aim is not to make disciples for ourselves, but disciples of the Living Lord. (Matthew 28:19)
We believe that God’s plan for His people is sexual purity before and during marriage. (Genesis 2:24, Hebrews 13:4)
We believe the institution of marriage is intended by God to be a permanent, lifelong commitment between one man and one woman enduring by the power of the Holy Spirit regardless of trials, sickness, financial challenges or emotional stresses that may ensue. Strong marriages depend on sexual purity before marriage and faithfulness in marriage. (Hebrews 13:4)
We believe the family is the God-designed, basic building block of society. We work toward strengthening existing families, nurturing broken families and providing vision for future families. (Psalm 68:5-6)
The Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 4:4-6)
In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ born of a virgin, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His future personal return in power and glory. (Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:14, 4:15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:11, 2:22-24; John 1:1-4; Matthew 1:4)
That repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit and that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. We are saved by grace through faith, not by works. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 24:46-47; Acts 4:12; John 14:6)
In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a godly life. (Galatians 5:16-18; Romans 8:9)
In the resurrection of both the saved – and the lost – unto the resurrection of eternal life, for the saved, and the lost unto eternal separation from God (Revelation 20:11-15; I Corinthians 15:51-57).
In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all believers are members of His body, the Church (Ephesians 1:22-23; I Corinthians 12:12, 27).