Who We Are

Serving to Empower

We are an African-founded, faith-based community development organization. We empower local churches to break the cycle of poverty in their community by creating lasting transformation through our integrated model.

Families, women, and children within these communities desire to change; they long for a day to have adequate food, good health, education, and a purposeful life. Unfortunately, because of their destitute conditions hope is fleeting and change seems impossible. Many of them suffer from physical and mental illness such as malaria and depression. They feel hopeless by their current situation, but lack the knowledge and resources to change. They deserve to live a life free from poverty. We see a day when the world’s most vulnerable and marginalized have life and have it in abundance.

How the Model Works

Watch local pastors and beneficiaries in Kenya describe how our development model has four areas of impact—Economic Empowerment, Social Engagement, Community Health, and Education.

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Key Verses

I have come 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

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Our Vision

We see a day when the world’s most vulnerable and marginalized families have life and have it in abundance.

Our Mission

We exist to mobilize the local Church to restore health, renew hope, and inspire lasting transformation for the world’s most vulnerable children and families.

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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.

Our Principles

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Prayer

Jesus modeled the perfect prayer life. We seek to follow His example and humbly commit ourselves to the Lord in thanksgiving and praise. We ask for God’s guidance and wisdom as we serve the poor and vulnerable. This ministry is His and we are the stewards of His resources. We are committed to going where He calls.

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Beyond Relief

True transformation only comes when sustainable solutions are implemented. We approach each community with a long-term vision that enables church partners to meet the urgent needs of a community while also empowering the community for the future.

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Mobilize the Church

God called the Church to carry out His vision of restoration. We mobilize the local church so that it may put that vision into action and restore its community spiritually and physically from within.

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Developing Local Leadership

We work to develop church and civic leaders who are invested in their communities. Local ownership and initiation is key to developing a community for long-term impact. This aspect pervades throughout the entire organization as our leadership reflects the countries and regions it serves.

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Health, Hope and Lasting Transformation

Poverty is a complex issue that requires integrated solutions. We are committed to helping communities identify the root causes of poverty in their context and equipping them to address those issues in an integrated, customized way that offers health, hope and lasting transformation.

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Empowerment

We walk with local church partners to restore complete community health. We firmly believe that by empowering the communities to participate in the solution, the individuals begin to recognize their God-given dignity and self-worth.

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Advocacy

We have walked with and served the poor and the vulnerable and have earned the right to become advocates for the least of these. We will continue to advocate for the widow, the fatherless, and the refugee.

He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. – Deuteronomy 10:18.