Our Vision, Mission & Values
An equitable world where poverty and injustice are eliminated, people thrive and communities flourish.
We model Jesus’ example of walking alongside people experiencing poverty and injustice. In partnership we help to empower people to make the most of their resources to address their current challenges and to achieve their full potential within transformed and resilient communities.
Everything we do at Signpost International is underpinned by our faith and our values. We believe in the inherent worth of every human being, and so exist to help people in need, not taking into account any other factors such as ethnicity, faith, or lack of it: our aim is to support people as they strive towards independent lives and fulfilled potential. The following values are integral to who we are.
God at the centre
In the bible Jesus tells us that there are two things that are most important: to Love God and to Love our neighbour (Matthew 22:37-38). Signpost works tirelessly to love and serve our neighbour, but we do so because we love God. We work towards having that love for God at the centre of everything that we do.
Jesus set us a great example as he lived his life. He was generous with his time, with his attention, with the little he owned. We are told both that he had compassion on the crowds - feeding them, healing them, teaching them and that the crowds followed him and loved him. At one point he looks over Jerusalem and his heart breaks with compassion for what he sees “I have longed to gather your children together” (Matthew 23:37). We aim to walk as Jesus walked caring for those around us with generous compassion.
Each one of us is unique, a complete one off – and the bible starts by telling us that we are made in the “image of God” (Genesis 1:27). This means that every person born has dignity and deserves to be treated with respect. Because of this we work hard to treat each person with respect, as a name not a number. We work with individuals - tailoring the help we give to the individual circumstances of each person.
Jesus made a point of telling the religious leaders that their lives were inconsistent, they were hypocrites – He calls them out on their lack of integrity and condemns them for it (Matthew 23). On the other hand, Paul writes that we should live our lives with consistency “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart” (Colossians 3). We will do our best to be as good, as creative, as honest and as professional as possible in all that we do.
Each Christmas we remember that Jesus was born as a poor Jew, from his childhood he experienced the oppression of the Roman occupation and the injustice of the Jewish rulers from Herod to Pilate. We are also reminded constantly that God loves and cares for the widow, orphan and foreigners who so often are denied justice (Deuteronomy 10:18). By choosing to prioritise the poorest and the most excluded in our work we seek to model the justice of God.