Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the answers to the questions we are most frequently asked. If you do not find the answer you are looking for, please feel free to contact us and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.
Who does LIA serve?
What is LIA's model for transformational development?
Where does LIA work?
What problem is LIA attempting to solve?
How do you define poverty?
What is dependency and why must we avoid it?
How long does LIA serve in a community?
What is LIA's involvement with other local organizations and governments?
How does LIA select communities to work with?
Does LIA require program beneficiaries to learn about, adhere to or convert to Christianity as a condition of receiving service from the program?
What else is unique about LIA?
Serving with LIA
How can I get involved?
How can I get my church involved?
Are there short-term missions opportunities with LIA?
How can I apply to work with LIA?
How many people are on LIA’s staff?
Where are LIA offices located?
Giving to LIA
How can I give to LIA?
Where do I mail checks?
Is my donation tax-deductible?
What is LIA’s federal tax ID number?
How can I update/cancel my monthly giving amount?
Can I specify where my donation is designated?
Financial Accountability and Transparency
LIA is focused on serving Africa’s most vulnerable children and families and does so regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender of those being served.
The LIA model begins with training and envisioning the local community on what is possible in their midst given the resources that they already possess. Together, LIA and the local church design a community action plan that will:
1. Promote Health and Prevent Disease
2. Educate the marginalized and vulnerable
3. Empower the economically disadvantaged with economic opportunities
4. Equip communities to break the cycle
Community transformation is a process that is commenced, and not an achieved destination. LIA serves in a strategic catalyzing role in helping our local church partners to begin and establish the transformational DNA in communities where we serve. Visit our resource library to hear our founder, Dr. Muindi, explain more in depth or see if depicted visually here.
LIA currently serves in eight African countries with plans to expand beyond those currently served. Click here to see a map of the communities served within each of these countries.
LIA is breaking the cycle of poverty, dependency and hopelessness in Africa’s most vulnerable communities, that they may experience life in its abundance.
Poverty is not merely a material condition, but is anything that takes away the abundant life (shalom) that God desires for all of humanity. Famine, disease, war, insecurity, hopelessness, sickness, illiteracy, and injustices all serve to break shalom and therefore advance poverty.
“Poverty is the result of relationships that do not work, that are not just, that are not for life, that are not harmonious or enjoyable. Poverty is the absence of shalom in all its meanings.” Bryant Myers, Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development.
Dependency is a state of mind that develops when a person relies on external forces or actors to meet a real or perceived need that they have. This problem becomes tragic when the external forces or actors perpetuate the problem, well intentioned as the efforts may be. LIA designs programs that restore dignity to those served and gives individuals the confidence and tools that they can truly be the solution to their most pressing problems.
LIA serves alongside local church partners for a period of 3-5 years in a single location. The organization prefers to work with multiple church partners in a location for 7-10 years.
LIA takes a collaborative approach to working with like-motivated local entities. Capacity building activities facilitated by LIA when such a need become prioritized by our local partners and/or LIA staff. LIA will also hand off initiatives that can be sustainably run by local parties.
LIA identifies church partners in communities that have expressed an interest in working with LIA to meet the needs of their vulnerable neighbors. Once these church partners have demonstrated a true desire and commitment to invest in its community development, LIA will commit to equipping that church partner with the knowledge and skills needed to do so.
No. Although the local Church is the one leading the development programs in the communities LIA serves, LIA and its church partners select participants based on greatest need. Working in eight African nations, LIA serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
One aspect that is important to acknowledge about LIA is that we are an African-led organization and our country teams are led by people indigenous to the countries they oversee. We operate with a "bottom up" mentality, where we believe it is important to invest in the local leaders from the communities we serve.
Serving with LIA
We are excited that you would like to get involved with LIA! There are several ways for you to support us in our mission ranging from documentary screenings to fundraising projects to becoming a member of our volunteer team. Read more about these opportunities here.
Members of church community – There are several ways you can get your church community involved, ranging from educational youth activities to documentary screenings to fundraising projects. Read more about these opportunities here.
Members of church leadership or missions department – If you are a member of your church’s leadership team or missions department and would like to connect with LIA, please contact Tina Bruner, our engagement manager. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 626 213 2203.
Currently, all short-term missions opportunities with LIA are exclusively available through LIA's network of church partnerships. See above about how to get your church involved with LIA.
Please view any available positions on the LIA team by clicking here. This is updated regularly, so check back often.
LIA has about 150 total staff - more than 140 in the countries where LIA serves, and eight staff members in the US.
LIA’s international headquarters is in Nairobi, Kenya. Additionally, LIA has offices in each of the countries where it has active programs.
In the US, LIA has offices in Pasadena, California; Mesa, Arizona; and Louisville, Kentucky.
Giving to LIA
First, thank you for joining us in this mission. We could not do this work without the generous support of our donors. We currently offer three easy ways to give to LIA:
Regardless of your payment method, LIA will provide a copy of your receipt for your records.
Please make checks payable to Life In Abundance International and mail them to
Life in Abundance International
1605 East Elizabeth Street, Suite 1069
Pasadena, CA 91104
Yes, 100% of your donation is tax-deductible. You will receive a receipt for each donation you make, as well as an end-of-year giving receipt recapping all donations made in the previous taxable year, for your records.
LIA is a registered 501(c)(3) with the federal tax ID number 02-0587875.
To update or cancel your monthly giving, please log in to your account in the LIA account center. There you can make any updates to your giving or contact information, as necessary.
If you prefer we make the changes for you, please contact us at 626 213 2203 or email@example.com and we are happy to assist you.
Yes. Because conditions and environments are always changing in the communities LIA serves, gifts allocated to the greatest need is preferable, equipping LIA to meet the most pressing needs of its church partners throughout Africa.
If you have a particular interest or heart for a region or program however, please feel free to designate your gift as such and LIA will ensure your donation is used as designated.
Financial Accountability and Transparency
Life in Abundances considers it an honor and privilege to be entrusted with Kingdom resources to implement our ministry. We are therefore committed to the highest standards of transparency, accountability and stewardship for all funds donated.
LIA is an accredited member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and adheres strictly to its Seven Standards for Responsible Stewardship. These standards establish best practices in board governance, financial transparency, integrity in fundraising and proper use of ministry resources. LIA is also a proud participant in the Lausanne Standards for giving and receiving money in missions. Both sets of standards are accountability measures that LIA takes to ensure that we are giving our best, because the vulnerable we serve deserve nothing less.
To obtain a copy of LIA’s most recent W-9 (letter of determination) and other financial documents, click here.