Original Research - Special Collection: Faith Based Organisations

Mission as ‘saving’ abandoned infants in Johannesburg inner city: An evaluation of the Door of Hope Mission

Lukwikilu C. Mangayi
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 4 | a5534 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5534 | © 2019 Lukwikilu C. Mangayi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 May 2019 | Published: 12 December 2019

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Lukwikilu C. Mangayi, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

In this study, I position the Door of Hope (DoH), an organisation which attempts to work with abandoned and orphaned children, as a faith-based organisation and attempt to determine its effectiveness in relation to missio Dei [the mission of God]. This evaluation focussed on the four different ‘mission orientations’ that a religious community could have in society. Insights gained through this scrutiny of DoH highlight the notion that faith-based organisations in areas such as the inner city of Johannesburg in South Africa can genuinely embrace God’s mission as co-workers in God’s mission to realise a transformed reality symbolised by shalom or collective well-being of all of creation, in particular, for the most vulnerable citizens of Johannesburg inner city, such as infants and young women at risk.

Keywords

abandoned infants; Door of Hope Mission; Hillbrow–Berea; Johannesburg Inner City; mission

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