Mission For Christ
In 2003, Mission for Christ (MFC) was established as a non-profit organization in the United States. Its mission is to extend the Kingdom of God through training and equipping missionaries, reaching the unreachable, and addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of different communities. MFC’s projects aim to not only rehabilitate people but also provide preventive measures for various issues.
One of the programs established was the Daughters of St. Mary. The program offers girls a holistic education in both spirituality and women's health. Through its education and empowerment, the program serves as a preventive measure against HIV/AIDS and rape. Through it, the girls are also provided with various school supplies to provide for continuity in education. Later, in the face of rising numbers of women caught in sex slavery and prostitution, a prominent need for service was discovered. Leaving the Jar was born in Kenya, to now allow a safe haven and education for the women already caught in prostitution and sex slavery.
Our Faith Statement
We believe in one God, God the Father, who loves and accepts all as they come to Him.
We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only-Begotten Son of God, who gave up Himself for the love of the world.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Life-Giver, Who helps in our weaknesses and makes intercessions for us with groanings that cannot be uttered.
Leaving the Jar’s foundations are rooted in the apostolic beliefs of the Coptic Orthodox Church
Our Core Values
To love deep is to have a love for all people that is reflective of who Christ is and His unconditional love and compassion for us.
We are God’s workmanship, created in Jesus for good works (Ephesians 2:10). As His masterpieces, we are made to reflect our Maker, God. And God is Love. And He teaches us that love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own…It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails (1 Cor. 13:4-8). Making us into His masterpieces, He plants in us the seeds to love deep as He did, and our only standard of love for each other and those we serve is His.
As God is the creator of our being, a reasonable service from us to Him is to offer our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to Him (Romans 12:1). And in our service, and in whatever we do or say, we do in the name of God (Colossians 3:17), striving to give thanks for the service’s hills, valleys, peaceful seas, and raging storms.
To serve wide is to offer ourselves with thanksgiving to be God’s living sacrifices as His hands and feet.
As Christ walked on this earth, he touched the leper and healed the deaf and lame. His touch reached beyond the person’s physical body and into the deepest parts of their soul. His touch loved. His touch healed. His touch revived. In being Christ-like, we hope to reach far to those hurting to spread this hope and healing. To reach is to strive to touch, connect, sympathize, and empathize - all requiring labor. In such labor, we persevere in order to not grow weary, for in due season, we shall reap if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:9).
To reach far is to reach to the deepest parts of people’s hurts, not giving up hope but persevering with integrity.
Story Behind the Name
Why Leaving the Jar?
In John chapter 4, we read a beautiful story- a story of redemption, transformation, and love so unconditional. A story that can revive someone to have living water and leads to freedom. Leaving the Jar is about serving others in making them free, and to have a choice to drink from this living water that our God offers us. In this story, the Samaritan woman left her Jar behind to drink from the living water that Jesus offered her. She left all her burdens behind to look on things ahead. She left her life, her shame, her troubles, and her jar, to allow her to be a new person and be loved by God so unconditionally to the point of breaking free from her past. Leaving the Jar is a name that represents what the Samaritan woman left behind in order to attain the Kingdom of God. She went and told everyone about what Jesus did for her, and we wish to do the same.