We started working in the Eastern DRC Minembwe with the training of trainers for 10 local churches 30 CHEs. Three of the local churches are actively implementing their seed projects. We recently partnered with a Christian University in the area to assist the local women’s group of over 200 members to establish a grain mill project. The women’s group contributed money for the installation and the churches provided oversight and coordination. LIA contributed with the purchase of the grain mill and offered training on managing the project, for the required service of grain mill close to the community, and managing it as an income-generating project for sustainability.
Where We Serve
For more than 25 years, we have witnessed the miraculous and continue to see the kingdom of God here on earth. We walk with more than 400 churches and 57 communities in 14 countries throughout Africa and the Caribbean. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
Two church representatives from Uganda attended our Global Missions Conference Africa in 2015 in Nairobi. That relationship is still open for future partnership working in the Kampala area and Uganda in general. From February 2017 we have been undertaking assessments and development of funding and program proposals to work with local churches represented by Bishop Elijah among the South Sudanese refugees in Northern Uganda.
A team of medical students from Bujumbura attended the GMHC Africa conference in Nairobi in September of 2015. Thereafter the team (under the name “Jars of Love”) invited Dr. Florence to their meeting in Bujumbura to help them draw their mission, vision, and strategic plan. In the same meeting, they requested LIA for TOT. LIA with funding support from SECC conducted the TOT in Bujumbura in October 2016 (Dr. Yared and Obaidas trained). Nineteen members completed the TOT and drew their plan of action for seed projects. Most of them were senior class medical students at the time and most of them have now graduated and are working in the districts with the seed projects implemented on the side. Obadias our Lakes Region Coordinator is working with them now to organize a health training in partnership with TTT involving the 19 who have done the TOT last year and another 30 new medical students/ practitioners.
The Lakes Region (Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Dr Congo) was our future expansion plan since 2012. Intial exploratory visits were made in all these countries and proposals were developed to seek partnerships. The visited to Rwanda in 2015 was profoundly significant. The intention was to prayer walk, discern and hear the Lord from there. While at the western part, near Lake Kivu, the message was loud and clear. A partnership to serve with funding soon followed. The work began right away with an initial office and program in Cyangugu. It was soon expanded to include the rest of the Lakes region, starting with DR Congo, Uganda and then Burundi. LIA Rwanda is now based in Kigali, impacting the country.
Our work began in 2008 after opening a clinic in Rumbek, yet it wasn’t until 2011 that a country office was established. We also partner with 4 churches in the South Sudanese capital of Juba—although due to the recent conflict many of our projects have had to be scaled back.
LIA Jamaica has been a part of our work since February 28, 2013. Our aim is to build the ministry capacity of local churches in Wholistic Transformation Development through training; offer retreat and conference services through LIA Jamaica Centre – Bethel, and initiate income generating projects for sustainability of LIA Jamaica programs, operations, and the LIA Centre.
LIA Haiti has undergone and experienced great cross-cultural and conceptual development since its inception and ground-breaking pioneering work in 2012. There has been a great understanding of the cultural and spiritual dynamics over time. Partners and friends of the ministry work have continued to emerge. The church community has enthusiastically received the Wholistic Transformation Development CHE model. Primary Health Care (PHC) projects began in February 2014. We continue to thank God for grace, and we trust him for the success of OVC, ECD and church engagement programs.
We opened the doors to the Kenya office in 2004 and are currently working in partnership with 41 churches across the country both in urban and rural contexts.
Our activities in Kenya have been diverse over the years. We have worked with the local church in response to food shortage and famine in Eastern Kenya, medical camps in Western Kenya, in the city of Kisumu in response to the post-election violence that took place after the 2007 presidential elections, as well as several Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and economic development, skills training, and leadership training for our church partners.
Ethiopia is where our story began. As a missionary, our founder Dr. Florence Muindi moved to Ethiopia in 1998 with her family to minister to the poor. She was in medical school when she first realized that she was called to Ethiopia. While watching the evening report on the 1983 – 1985 famine that devastated Ethiopia—resulting in more than 400,000 deaths—she knew if she was called to anything, it was to serve the poor and the first step was Ethiopia.
By 2000 LIA Ethiopia was registered with a board of directors and in 2002 LIA Ethiopia was engaged in community projects around the country.
Linking In Aid
We are registered in 6 countries as Linking In Aid—a development arm of Life In Abundance. Within these countries, we respect and honor the cultural laws that are in place and continue to work alongside the local leaders and communities to implement sustainable development.
The largest country in Africa, Sudan is home to nearly 42 million people (est.). The people of Sudan are still reeling from decades of civil war and continued disputes with South Sudan. Linking In Aid serves vulnerable people in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, and elsewhere.
Djibouti is a county on the eastern coast of Africa and is regarded as the gateway for Red Sea shipping, serving as an import/expert hub for its neighboring countries. Nearly 800,000 people live in Djibouti.
The most eastern country in Africa and part of what is commonly referred to as the “Horn”, Somaliland/Somalia is home to more than 8.5 million people. The people of these two regions continue to face struggles such as drought/famine, clan rivalries and much more.
Also part of the Horn of Africa region, Eritrea sites between Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti. Home to more than 4.5 million people, this young country continues to try to find stability.
As one of the world’s oldest continuous civilizations, more than 78 million people live in Egypt today. In early 2011, a revolution began in Egypt, with the effects still taking shape today, leaving uncertainty and hesitation about the future for its people.