We empower local churches to serve the poor and vulnerable, creating sustainable transformation in their communities.
We see a day when the world’s most vulnerable and marginalized have life, and have it in abundance.
Life In Abundance is an African-founded, African-led, and faith-based community development organization. For over 25 years, LIA has been serving to empower those in need, seeing God change the lives of individuals and whole communities through the local church. Our trainings and programs have impacted more than a million people. Yet we want to see more. We pray for the day when entire nations are transformed, where the hope of Christ brings life in abundance to all in need.
I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. – John 10:10b
And provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. – Isaiah 61:3
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. – Psalm 96:3
And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.’ – Matthew 28:18-20
Statement of Faith
LIA strictly adheres to the Lausanne Covenant for World Evangelization: As it states, we believe and affirm the authority and power of the Bible, the explained purpose of God, the uniqueness and universality of Christ, the call to evangelize, Christian social responsibility, the necessity of discipleship, the reality of spiritual warfare, freedom of worship, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the return of Christ.
- Enduring Transformation
- Servant Leadership
- The Local Church
- Serving the Poor
We are wholly dependent on God through personal and corporate prayer in all we do.
John 15:5: I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
We employ sustainable solutions in meeting the true needs as seen by God and building resilience among the poor and vulnerable people who we serve.
John 15:16: You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit —fruit that will last— and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
We model self-leadership in developing local leaders at all levels of mission existence.
John 13:12-15: When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
The Local Church
We walk and work with the local church as the key agent of transformation. Through wholistic discipleship we empower the local church with skills and other resources to unfold its potential for wholistic mission.
Ephesians 3:10-11: His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Serving the Poor
We serve the poor and vulnerable, with respect and dignity.
Matthew 25:34-36: Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
We are personally and corporately accountable for stewarding all the resources entrusted to us.
Romans 14:12: So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
We believe we are called to “go together” with the church and other partners, in oneness to serve the poor and vulnerable.
Philippians 2:1-4: Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.