For 20 years we (Phileena and Chris Heuertz) have given ourselves to grassroots movements of hope among some of the most vulnerable of the world’s poorest people. We’ve helped establish multi-ethnic, multi-national and ecumenical communities all across the globe.
In South Asia we founded the region’s first pediatric AIDS care home, offering safe haven and family to children orphaned because of AIDS or suffering with the disease themselves.
During West Africa’s infamous “Blood Diamonds” civil war, while rebels controlled 60% of the territory in conflict, we brought vision, volunteers and resources—ultimately establishing a community to address the needs of children who were forced to fight in battle.
Throughout Eastern Europe, South America and South East Asia we’ve supported women and children—many of them trafficked into prostitution— journey from the commercial sex industry to freedom.
Around the world we have invested in communities of youth who live on the streets, in sewers or slums. Some of these children work on trash heaps scavenging for recyclable or resell-able items. Many are so hungry they “smoke” cellophane bags of paint or glue to curb the hunger pangs. In the worst cases some are forced to sell sex as their only option for survival.
Our vocation of hope has literally taken us all over the world, having lived on four continents and traveled to nearly 70 countries.
We’ve seen a lot. We’ve sacrificed a lot. We’ve received a lot. We’ve learned a lot.
There’s much good being done in the world and there’s much more that needs to be done.
It will take awakened individuals to make change. It will take transformed communities to forge lasting partnerships towards hope. It will take a movement.
Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism is established to support such a movement.