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.
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.
For years, the people of Israel were held captive in Egypt. Longing for their own identity, the Israelites were powerless – living as indentured servants forced to make bricks for their Egyptian slave masters.
“They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.” Exodus 1:14
“During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God.” Exodus 2:23
At LIA, we see a day when parents in Africa’s poorest communities are able to provide for their own families.
Click on the image below to learn about our cause this holiday season to support church-based micro-enterprise initiatives in the communities where we serve.
Click on the image below to give towards our goal of raising $50,000 this Holiday season. The generated funds will go toward establishing 25 church based mirco-enterprise initiatives.
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It is with great excitement we announce that after completing our annual financial audit and compiling data, editing, designing, and mailing, we can present LIA’s 2009 Annual Report with joy!
We’ve called this annual report: Empowering Change and the entire piece showcases the ministry that God allowed us to participate with during 2009. To him be the glory!
We have mailed out a copy of the report to partners who generously donated to LIA in the past two years, or to those that have served on a short-term team with us in Africa. If you don’t fall within one of these criteria, or simply want to ensure that we’ve mailed you a copy of the annual report, please send us an email and we’ll get back to you.
As our committed prayer partner we ask that you join us this morning as we take time to thank the Lord for the work that has been accomplished throughout 2009. Below you will find a highlight from each of the countries as they are found in the report. Thank you for taking time to praise the Lord with us, both for the guiding hand of the ministry and the impact that has been seen in the communities where we serve.
– We commenced a community based water supply, sanitation and hygiene initiative in Addis Ababa with the aim of reducing communicable disease prevalence and improving quality of life for 4,700 household in the slum areas.
– Please Pray that this initiative will continue to grow and that more families will see improved water and sanitation in their communities.
Horn of Africa:
– As we established our International Headquarters in Nairobi and brought our Senior management team under one roof, LIA was able to implement more programs in the Horn and facilitate and sustain them more effectively.
– Please pray for the underground churches in this area. That they would be protected from any persecution and would be met with receptive hearts from those within the community.
– We formalized key relationships bringing our church partnerships to a total of 30 and are nurturing even greater community engagement.
– Please continue to pray for strengthened relationships with the churches and their leaders. Pray that the training will continue and more families will be impacted by the diligent work of the local churches.
– In Rumbek, South Sudan, LIA helped establish a school, children’s ministry, theological training program and medical clinic for the benefit of more than 1,200 community members. This clinic more recently has seen great success and is well accepted and utilized by the community.
– Please pray that the Lord would continue to bless this clinic and those that dedicated their time to serve the community in this transformative way.
It is with heart felt joy that we celebrate the goodness of God to LIA, as we mark our 8th birthday since our registration in the USA on April 17.
It’s been 8 great years marked with growth way beyond our wildest expectations. The easiest indicator of this growth could be noted by a look at how our yearly income has grown, or seeing how our staff team has emerged. These indicators speak for themselves. But, we know the real growth is measured by the impact facilitated in the countries God has given us; that has been huge.
Nairobi, Kenya – For the last seven days, the LIA senior management team, later joined by our country directors, planned and prepared for 2010.
When you are with the same people for such an extended period of time, even in the best circumstances, confrontation seems to be inevitable. Yet, this week we didn’t have a single moment of increased tension, let alone confrontation.
After some time of reflection (conveniently provided by the ‘inoperable airport’ in Nairobi), I’m convinced that we got along so well as a group because we understood that our individual stories weren’t as important as our collective story.