It all began with one couple, one community, over 400 orphan children and a desire to change the plight of the poor and vulnerable - a zeal to make an impact within the world we live…
After 3 years of hard work, Christmas Eve of 1999 brought me to my knees. At that time, we were beginning to feel overwhelmed by many responsibilities - overseeing a medical center, serving 4,000 in a leprosy community, planning a Christmas celebration for the children of the community and raising two young boys with Festus.
I remember it as if it were yesterday…the urgent matter of the day was a Christmas celebration for the children. I woke up very early that cold, misty morning and went bakery to bakery trying to find enough bread for the event the next day. On the way home from shopping, I came upon something in the middle of the road. A mother, who was lame from leprosy, slowly crossing the road with a baby on her back. As I sat there in the car, forced to watch her cross the street I began to notice my surroundings. Street children - seven, eight and ten years of age, digging through the trash pit for food as they shivered from the cold at 6am in the morning, only a block away from our missions’ house. My heart was broken. I fought back the idea to bring them all to our house to live with us…there were too many; it felt impossible to tackle alone.
I reflect today on that Christmas 17 years ago, and now I can fully see it was during that moment the Father began to write the story of Life in Abundance. Gifting the vision for a model, piece by piece that would make this moment not feel so impossible. A model that would equip local churches to unite, find their collective purpose in serving one-another and their communities. Today, by the Father’s provision and grace, we are serving in 14 countries, 35 communities through 225 local churches - meeting needs of the most poor and vulnerable.
And to think, it all began with Christmas bread…
Would you equip us to LIFT THE GAZE of ONE MORE this Christmas Season?
Your contributions will enable the local church to help meet the needs of the most vulnerable families – to transform their lives and restore them to their God-given dignity.