Who We Are

We strive to be brave Christians, dedicated to doing justice in Honduras and to inspiring others around the world to seek justice in their own contexts.

Our Vision

Working together to create a more just society.

Our Mission

We strive to be brave Christians, dedicated to doing justice in Honduras and to inspiring others around the world to seek justice in their own contexts.

To do this, we:

  • Collaborate with, learn from, and advocate alongside our partner organization AJS-Honduras to promote peace, justice, and the transformation of society and government in Honduras.
  • Share our experience in Honduras with communities of justice seekers in order to learn together and advance best practices in justice work worldwide. 
  • Challenge and inspire Christians to live out the Biblical call to do justice and to effect change in their own communities.

 

Our Strategy

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.

Our History

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."

More about the history of AJS.

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.

Finances

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 below: 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.

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Association for a More Just Society (AJS)
PO Box 888631
Grand Rapids, MI 49588

info@ajs-us.org

1 (800) 897-1135