A Letter from Life In Abundance’s President Dr. Florence Muindi
2019 will go down in our story as a very significant and defining year.
As my family and I encouraged our hearts to journey on after the loss of a dearly loved one; the question we had before God was; what is the assignment ahead? The pause to mourn and hear God came at the end of an intense establishment season. LIA had just finished the season of focused and intentional tasks that had stretched for 20 months. The goal was to build the capacity of the LIA entities across the nations and upgrade the systems of ministry operations.
As we lifted our gaze, suddenly; the assignment became as clear as day. I realized what was laid down after 24 years of ministry was but just the establishment of a foundation that the Lord will now build on. As this dawned on me, the established pieces of the foundation and the blueprint of what the Lord wants to build on it ignited us with hope and even joy for the next season, diminishing the grief and sense of loss.
The completed components the Lord had brought together over these 24 years to form this grand foundation are:
- Institutionalization and capacitation through structures, systems, and personnel of all the program countries which are 12 in Africa and 2 in the Caribbean.
- Setting up, staffing, and streamlining partnership processes through our 3 support offices in the US, Switzerland, and the UK.
- Equipping and putting in place curriculums and accreditation of our training program through the 2 LIA centers based in Kenya and Jamaica.
- Establishing to full function the LIA Blue Wings Aviation Company to efficiently run and fulfill its missional objectives.
- These pieces form the core identity of LIA , commonly referred to as “1704”. The acronym is the 17 country locations and 4 entities coming alongside these. For this significant milestone, we give God the glory.
The journey ahead is the exciting and bigger story. Related to the former, it would be like comparing a run-down shantytown to a central business district of a thriving city. We now get to build on a deep and fortified foundation. Distinct direction that will richly declare God’s glory to the nations and his spectacular deeds among all people.
This all comes out of your generous support all these years. Together we celebrate this as our joint heritage and advance forward TOGETHER. Thank you for partnering with us.
Dr. Florence Muindi
President & CEO
The Local Church
In 2019, Life In Abundance helped equip 193 churches across Africa and the Caribbean, so they could serve their communities and wholistically meet the needs of those in their midst. LIA is honored to serve alongside believers who care deeply for those around them and are committed to seeing God bring restoration and redemption in their countries, just like we are. As Pastor Jared in Mathare, Kenya says, “LIA’s vision is my vision… what they do is part of what I do.” Through leadership trainings, programs and projects that promote overall health, and resources meant to empower nationals, LIA continues to keep the local church central in all we do. Long after we leave a community, these local churches will remain, passing God’s peace and spreading the hope of the gospel that the world so desperately craves.
Economic Empowerment | Djibouti
In Randa, Djibouti, a closed country LIA works in, one woman empowered by our economic trainings this year was a widow with five children. Described by an LIA staff member as “very poor in financial resources, but rich in ideas,” she hoped to build an adequate shelter for her family. With access to LIA’s loan and savings programs, the woman turned her many income-generating activities stone by stone into a house with a roof, doors and windows, and eventually electricity.
Social Engagement | Kenya
For many orphans and vulnerable children, hopeful futures don’t seem possible, and their guardians struggle to care for them and meet needs. Through various interventions, like our recently launched running clubs, LIA is helping to bring restoration and hope. “My child Elisha was very timid and he used to sneak out to the streets and had started sniffing glue. When the pastor reached out to him and enrolled him in running club, he has now changed and enrolled back in school.” – Elisha’s guardian.
Community Health | Ethiopia
Desta and Magbare, were once a couple rejected and discriminated by fellow street dwellers in Ethiopia, because childhood polio had left Magbare a crippled man. Society said he wasn’t fit to be a husband and that Desta was a fool for marrying him, but the Lord has had favor on them. Through their faithfulness, they’ve built an honorable family life and become a model for others. LIA’s Zoe Clinic staff have become their extended family and support, as the team treats Magbare’s health issues at home and holds a discipleship class that Desta attends weekly. With health resources that have grown their confidence, the couple says they can look at the years to come with hope and expectation.
Education | Uganda
Gloria, a 12-year-old girl in a refugee camp in Adjumani, Uganda, is one of many who’ve lost family due to genocide in Sudan. Her mother’s casket sits beside the hut she shares with her younger sister and grandmother. School in this community is a high privilege that most cannot afford. Yet LIA’s BeFriend project is helping cover school fees, and transformational development agents trained by LIA check on the family each week. A pastor in the community who partners with us says, “Through LIA, we were empowered to reach out to vulnerable people. We visit them and encourage them. We wish to do more, and we are not limited. We have a big God.”
Directed and resting on a solid foundation, we have now entered the building phase and are raising the global ministry of LIA. Serving to advance the ministry both now and in the long term, our focus for the future is centered on three pillars:
- Building all the “1704” entities to their full potential.
- Building missional efforts that multiply our wholistic impact through training, collaboration, resourcing, and facilitating partnerships that serve beyond our geographical footprint.
- Building advocacy for the poor and the vulnerable in line with the LIA model to influence decision makers and intervention methodologies by sharing our impact assessment findings, operational research papers, and experiences we have gained over the last 20 plus years of serving among the rural and urban poor.
Looking back on 2019, we are so grateful for what the Lord has put in place and led us into, and as we continue to step forward we joyfully anticipate what God has in store next. Praying for great kingdom impact and numerous opportunities to help bring Christ’s promise of life in abundance to those in need.
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Thank you for your continued support!