Tembea Haki

Tembea Haki means “walk righteous” in Swahili.
There is much 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. By studying the Bible, praying and encouraging one another, and serving our community, we learn to stride towards justice, speak the truth in love, and live humbly. By building a community of unity and faith, we learn together how to put our hope in God and our scholars come to see that they are the true change agents our city desperately needs.

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

“For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield” (Psalm 5:12).

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 walk the righteous path which is only comprehensible by God’s standard and only possible by the Holy Spirit’s power. We are walking righteously when we desire the person of Jesus Christ more than worldly pursuits, exhibit his teachings and lifestyle above comforts and selfish ways, and remain humble in acknowledging that none of that is possible apart from Him.


“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 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 have come to see 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 face and overcome our fears. We mature emotionally and spiritually. We learn to walk by faith, with hope, and in love.

“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).