Statement of Belief

The Nicene Creed

WE BELIEVE in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.
Amen.

Ministry Philosophy

Our goal as a ministry is to treat our Lulu family as protectively as we would our own children.

Would I put my own family’s financial needs out on display for the world to see?

No. I would pray about them and trust the Lord to meet them.

Would I rejoice publicly over how the Lord provides for my family?

Yes. Without a doubt.

Would I celebrate my children’s successes publicly?

Yes, with discretion and taste and without bragging.

Would I invite strangers to come to my house and hang out with my children, even if I was nearby, just because these strangers profess a love for Jesus?

No. Never.

Would I invite people who are giving to us financially to come and meet my family?

Yes, if I’d known them long enough to have a strong sense of their character and heart, but I still wouldn’t leave them alone with my children.

Would I send a form letter to someone who discontinued financial support of my family?

No. Form letters are impersonal and unloving. I would trust the motives and respect the private reasons a donor discontinued support.

Would I send a personal letter, instead, thanking them for their generosity, praying blessing on their life, and asking if they’d like to continue receiving updates about my family?

Yes. This shows we care more about the person than about their money.

Would I put personal financial information about our bills and needs on a website for all to see?

Never.

Would I invite complete strangers to join my family through a website?

Never.

Would I invite complete strangers to pray for us?

Yes.

Would I tell people about an initiative my family was making to help others, and invite them to share with others? (ie. mama kits, educating teen mamas, etc. through the Lulu Shop profits)

Yes. Absolutely.

Would I invite complete strangers to write to my children or send gifts to them?

No. My children are vulnerable and impressionable, and part of my job is to protect their minds, hearts, and bodies from potentially harmful influences.

Would I declare to the world through social media or my website the mistakes my children have made or their weaknesses/failures?

No. Never.

Would I invite others to tell the world about our family and offer incentives for them to do so?

No. It would feel like I was selling my children.