Who We Are
Brave Christians dedicated to making Honduras' system of laws and government work properly to Do Justice for the poor and inspiring other Christians to Do Justice (Micah 6:8).
Christian communities doing justice and mercy close to home and globally.
To accomplish the vision, AJS:
- Invites others to join us in doing justice and mercy.
- Enables others to work for justice in their own society.
- Inspires others to support the work of Asociación para una Sociedad más Justa (AJS-Honduras), our partner organization in Honduras. (See AJS-Honduras website, in Spanish.)
- Expands the success of Asociación para una Sociedad más Justa (AJS-Honduras), our partner organization in Honduras.
AJS supports efforts in Honduras that promote the interests of the most poor in legislative projects, defend the rights of the most vulnerable in judicial processes, increase the awareness and democratic participation of churches to practice the Biblical teachings on justice, and publish journalistic investigations on issues that affect the poor of Honduras.These projects are generally implemented by Asociación para una Sociedad más Justa (AJS-Honduras), our partner organization in Honduras.
We work especially in two areas:
AJS also works from North America to produce various online and print publications, organizes events and presentations, and participates in conferences to raise consciousness about justice issues in Honduras and to inspire North American Christians to follow God's call to do justice locally and globally. Please contact us if you are interested in organizing an event or if you would like to host a presentation.
The Association for a More Just Society ( AJS) was founded in the United States in 2000 in response to the Biblical call for Christians to "do justice" (Micah 6:8, Isaiah 56:1, Proverbs 29:7, Isaiah 10:1-2), with the goal of helping to create a "more just society" in Honduras and around the world. AJS-US supports the work of AJS-Honduras, which was founded two years earlier in Honduras and functions as a sister partner to AJS-US. AJS-Canada has an established Board of Directors and is currently awaiting to receive their non-profit status.
AJS's founders had seen the efforts of many other government and community organizations had not been enough to truly reduce poverty and allow communities to live more fully. They also realized that those efforts often failed, not because they were flawed in themselves, but because too many policies, laws, and unethical businesses failed to respect the needs and rights of the poor. In short, these efforts failed because of injustice. Thus, AJS works to promote justice, especially for the poor and the downtrodden.
As Jeremiah 22:16 says, " 'He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?' declares the LORD."
Christians and Justice
Learn more about our roots in faith and the Christian call to do justice and love fearlessly.
What others are saying about us
Find out what others justice practicioners have said about AJS after getting to know of our work for justice.
Learn more about AJS's funding.
Staff and Board of Directors
Click here to read more about AJS's US staff and US board of directors.
Below: A brief video about AJS's work in Honduras.
Video belos: AJS Co-Founder Kurt Ver Beek delivers a talk at Calvin College's January Series, a prestigious lecture series. Kurt's talk focuses on lessons learned from AJS's work pursuing justice in Honduras.