Third Lens was founded as a 501c3 non-profit corporation in 2009 as a way to engage construction, design and like-minded professionals in mission work. The existing model of nonprofit construction was flawed and well intentioned organizations lost credibility as a result of poorly managed building projects. The ministry started and completed its first project in 2010, a medical clinic in the remote mountains of Honduras. Since that time, Third Lens has partnered and completed 20 projects domestically and abroad, while impacting the lives of over 125,000 people globally.
“While it is fashionable in our times to analyze world events merely by looking through the lenses of politics and economics, it is also a serious mistake, for it prevents one from being able to see in three dimensions. To truly understand the significance of global events and trends, one must analyze them through a third lens as well: the lens of Scripture. Only then can the full picture become clearer.”
— Joel Rosenberg, Epicenter
The same can be applied to the global needs of humankind, including hunger, illness, clean water, education, human trafficking and social injustice. With indignation, we ask God why He allows these calamities to fall upon His children. And in turn, our holy and righteous God asks us why we stand idle and allow our own brothers and sisters to suffer. Through the lenses of politics and economics, society shortsightedly drafts policy and throws money at the plights of humanity, only to fall short of viable solutions. Yet it is only by adding the Third Lens of Scripture, that we clearly see the answer: the Church.
Third Lens has operated for the past 9 years as a volunteer organization with minimal expenses and staffing, while able to have significant impact on the projects its engaged in. This blessing has become an obstacle to increasing capacity and serving more organizations. The pipeline of potential projects grows by the day and our leadership agrees the time is right to add additional staff and resources to meet the demands for the ministry’s support services.