In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia alone 60,000 children sleep on the streets each night.
On April 9th youth from the Mesa, Arizona region will gather together to learn about and respond to the high prevalence of children forced to call the Ethiopian streets their home.
“Breaking the Cycle” will be held at St. Timothy’s Catholic Community Church from 7pm on April 9th until 7am on April 10th..
During “Breaking the Cycle” students will hear from LIA director Justin Narducci, watch“This Is My Home”a Life in Abundance film, listen to a live performance by Ike Ndolo Band and sleep on the ‘streets’, in solidarity for the children of Ethiopia.
If you are local to the Mesa area, you certainly do not want to miss this informational and perspective shifting evening.
I write to you having just returned from a sweet but emotional time in Khartoum, Sudan.
Many years ago, God commissioned LIA to serve the displaced people in the north by showing us their destitute status as they camped in mass on the outskirts of Khartoum with no means to meet basic needs. Now, several years later, our ministry has matured and we have graduated several communities. We are also joyfully seeing the chance for these people to return home.
We are very excited to announce the first documentary tour screening of ‘This Is My Normal’!
“This is My Normal” is a sobering documentary exploring two primary questions: “What is poverty?” and “What is normal for the world’s poor?’, through the stories and imagery from the slums in Nairobi, Kenya. In particular, the film focuses on the people of the Mathare Valley – a section of the Mathare slums often referred to as the ‘Forgotten Valley’. While the living conditions, unemployment, and health concerns are an embodiment of the (global) poverty issues, it is the “mindset” that is the gravest of concerns. “This is My Normal” tackles this issue alongside the abundance of “quick fix” solutions often presented by NGOs and sporadic visits from the West.
**Following the film there will be a question and answer portion of the evening in which both Director of Partnership and Resources of LIA, Justin Narducci, as well as Director and Producer of the film Justin Ahrens will be present.
We hope to see you there!
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It should be no secret that prayer truly achieves much.
I just read an email from Yenenesh, our LIA Program Director. She is visiting one of our closed countries this week. The main task during this ten day visit is to complete our ‘training of trainers’ program. This weekend they carried out a prayer walk exercise in the town and God gave them remarkable opportunities to share the gospel, victories that looked very easy to bring on board. Six people came to the Lord and several made appointments to hear more. She wrote excitedly to say, “God has been at work and is allowing us to see the results of prayer made over the years. God hears and responds to prayer. This is encouraging us all the more to keep prayer at the center of all we do.”
As the world focuses on the turmoil in Libya right now, I can’t help but to be reminded of the faithfulness, righteousness and deliverance of our God, His way- His time! We would love to ask why, explain what is happening, and even predict the outcome, however we would best look to God and trust that He is at work now as always has been. (more…)
We are excited to announce the launch of our new, upgraded blog!
Watch the video below to see the capabilities and various sections of blog, giving you a better means to find specific updates from our initiatives, countries, communities and ways to further engage in our work.
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I’m writing to you after having just returned from a series of meetings among ministry leaders in Poland. The time was spent well and God was glorified without a doubt.
On the final day of our meetings, we took a trip to complete the time together. We went to the Nazi concentration camp in the south of Poland – Auschwitz. Here 1.5 million Jews from all over Europe were brought and killed in mid 1940’s. We saw the whole history and evidence. The camps, cells, starvation rooms, gas chambers, gas cans used, the firing squad execution court, the hanging gallows, all that and more. It was heavy. We saw thousands of shoes that were left behind, personal items like clothes, toothbrushes, suitcases, and tones of hair from the victims. It was an intense but a needed reminder. (more…)