Through Anchor of Hope, we aim to be the hands and feet of Christ and to love the children living on the streets of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, right where they are at. Our ministries are formed to engage the youth and adolescents in a way that will encourage and empower them to find hope and healing for a flourishing future. With these ministries we aim to build trust and foster fruitful relationships so that we can effectively minister to these children and see God bring about lasting changes in their lives. Our ministries include street ministry, a community center and follow up care.
In Street Ministry, we aim to meet children living on the streets right where they are at. Our main goal is to share the hope of the Gospel and the love of Christ with them. We long to show these kids that they are loved and have great worth while building relationships with them and giving them hope for a positive future. We are currently working with over 200 children and young adults who call the streets their home, visiting them at least five days a week. Our focus on these visits is to continue developing relationships, meet basic medical needs, provide social support, encouragement and a listening ear. We want to help provide opportunities for them to leave the streets and reach their full potential. These opportunities include going into a residential home, reuniting with family, military programs and employment.
We have developed many close relationships with these kids since we began street ministry in October 2017. Since all of our ministry is done on the streets, we are seeing the need to have a safe base for Anchor of Hope to run our ministry from. We are currently dreaming and praying about starting a Community Center where street children can experience community in a safe and loving environment. The center will focus on providing educational and social activities, and also the opportunity to laugh and just be children. The center will aim to come alongside families in order to strengthen, restore and support them.
When a child makes the decision to leave the streets, they have the chance to either return to their families if possible or go to a residential home or rehabilitation center. As each child leaves the streets, one of our biggest priorities is to continue to encourage and support that child in their transition. We currently partner with several amazing organizations, visiting and encouraging the kids who decide to leave the streets and enter the residential homes. Our team also does follow up and home visits with the children who were able to return to their families. As these children leave the streets, we want to affirm their decision and continue pointing them to Christ.