Tembea Haki

Tembea Haki means “walk righteous” in Swahili.
Systemic and individual injustices have led to brokenness and hopelessness in our community. We believe that righteous living is key to healing and wholeness, and that reconciliation to our Creator and Savior and is exhibited when we put the teaching of Jesus into action. In Tembea Haki, our scholars work with their mentors to learn how to live righteously as they pursue artistic, academic, and professional success. We study the Bible, pray for and encourage one another, and work together to serve our community. We devote ourselves to wholistic growth by learning necessary life and work skills, and then find or create tangible ways to put those skills to work for the good of our community. By building a resourced community of unity and faith, we stride towards justice, speak the truth in love, and live focused, humble lives.

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matthew 6:33).

“Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in” (Isaiah 58:12).

We believe that the Word of God is trustworthy and true, and that doing the work of God is a righteous and just act. The Bible speaks constantly on caring for those on the margins of society - the orphans, the poor, the foreigners, the widows, and all those who are cast out by the majority culture and treated as invisible and expendable. With our scholars, we seek to understand our identities and walk the righteous path, both of which are only comprehensible by God’s standard and only possible by the Holy Spirit’s power. Walking righteous means desiring Jesus’ ways more than worldly pursuits, exhibiting His teachings and lifestyle above comforts and individualistic ways, and remaining humble in acknowledging that none of that is possible apart from Him. We restore our communities by making opportunities to eradicate poverty accessible, and then properly stewarding those opportunities to turn them into true success stories. We walk righteous by understanding who God is, who we are, and then living in a way that lifts others up. “For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield” (Psalm 5:12).


“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Young people - especially those living in systemically under-resourced areas - need to know they are loved, special, deserving, and capable of amazing things. They need to know that they are created in the image of God and are no less than anyone else. They need to know that someone will be there to support, guide, coach, teach and encourage them. One-on-one discipleship not only connects each of our scholars to a mentor who will show and teach them these things, but it also creates a safe space for our scholars to share their hopes, dreams, doubts, and struggles. All of this is the key to their advancement and realizing their God-given worth. We build authentic relationships with our scholars, cultivate the ability to hear and obey God, and learn how to live according to the message of Jesus Christ.

We know that while the arts matter and academics are extremely important, the most transformative agent in the world is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As we study and absorb that message with our scholars, we see the powerful transformation on both sides of the table. We wake up to the realities of life and find ways to rise above. We learn discernment and the ability to make wise choices. We mature emotionally and spiritually. And we understand who we are truly meant to be.

“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Galatians 5:13-14).