Being united in prayer while serving a common purpose is something I have very much treasured over these past months. Whether in times of great prosperity or in times of great strife I find encouragement in knowing that together we can humbly present our requests to the Lord so that He may do the work of restoration as only He can.
Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”
I ask you to join me in prayer this week as I am given the opportunity to represent LIA as we take up the cause of the fatherless at the Christian Alliance for Orphans’ Global Summit – hosted at Southeast Christian Church, May 12-13.
The driving mission behind the summit weighs heavy on my heart. Statistics tell us every 15 seconds another child in Africa becomes an orphan due to AIDS, and Ethiopia has the largest population of orphans in the world (estimated 4.6 million). These statistics portray a grave reality that there are children who are suffering and there are issues which must be addressed to end the perpetuation of these trends. As professionals from around the world are united at this Summit for the common cause of strategically planning how to combat the issues linked to these disheartening numbers, I am praying for the Lord’s presence and guiding hand through the entirety of our time together.
Please join me this week in praying for the Summit. Pray that God would be glorified in our conversations, workshops, and future planning as we seek to serve the least of these, and as we seek to end the cycles, which bring about such situations for precious children.
Most importantly, I ask you to join me in praying for the children who have lost one or both of their parents – some forced to sleep on the cold streets at night, lacking the protection or love from a parent or guardian figure. May we not forget why we tirelessly work to see impact and strides being made to combat these realities.
It is our honor and privilege to invite your participation in our first ever Life in Abundance (LIA) International Good Samaritan Pledge Drive!
During the month of May, every dollar given or pledged to be given on a monthly basis will be doubled as part of this campaign, up to $60,000! This is an extraordinary opportunity for LIA, but we need your help!
Learn more about the details of the pledge drive here.
To make a contribution to the pledge drive check out www.lifeinabundance.org/donate.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Florence Muindi, founding president of LIA, will address the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit VII in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 12-13, 2011.
Dr. Muindi will be discussing the role of the church in transformative approaches that address and prevent the orphan crisis.
Today there are 48 million orphans in Africa – ten times the total population of Kentucky.
For over twenty years, Dr. Muindi has worked in communities throughout Africa where the orphan crisis rages.
LIA has piloted key approaches that have curtailed the number of orphans in multiple communities.
“We have seen the orphans and widows within the community cared for and loved in a way that is sustainable,” Dr. Muindi writes. “We have seen the church rise up and stand against the injustices of poverty that effect the most vulnerable in a community. This is a powerful work that requires our utmost attention and sacrifice. It’s time.”
The Christian Alliance for Orphans connects more than eighty respected Christian organizations to work to ignite and equip Christians to care for orphans. More than 1,500 grassroots advocates for adoption and orphan care will gather at the 2011 Summit.
To learn more about the summit, visit www.christian-alliance-for-orphans.org