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Launching Phase 3

April 30th, 2016 | Posted by | LIA News | Events | Kenya | LIA News | Uncategorized

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“Walking this ground and knowing that in 60 weeks this project will be completed stands as a testament to the faithfulness of God” – Dr. Florence Muindi

On April 7th Life in Abundance broke ground on the 3rd and final phase of the LIA Center in Kenya. Dr. Florence Muindi, President and CEO of Life In Abundance International and Dr. Samuel Mwangi, Chairman of the Building Committee and a member of the LIA International Board had the honor launching the project.

Many years ago, Dr. Florence Muindi, LIA’s founding president/CEO took a prayer walk along Lake Langano in Ethiopia. During that time, God asked her to dip her hand in the sand and grab a fistful. HE then revealed to her, “As many as are the grains of sand in your hand, so will be the leaders who will be empowered through the work of Life in Abundance”.

Phase 3 Ground BreakingDr. Florence Muindi and Dr. Samuel Mwangi breaking ground on Phase 3 site

The LIA Centers in Kenya and Jamaica are the establishment of God’s words to Dr. Muindi at Lake Langano. LIA’s training centers serve to train churches, organizations and community leaders around the world in LIA’s community development model and how to implement it in their own communities.

Phase 3 of the LIA Center, Kenya will be the accommodation wing for the center, having 21 rooms with a few additional meeting rooms and lounges. It has been a wonderful journey of faith as we work to see the LIA Center building project completed.

Phase 3ALIA Center Kenya Phase 3

As we broke ground for Phase 3 of the LIA Center, Kenya on April 7th, we were humbled and in awe of how far we have come and how many communities and lives will be changed and transformed from this place.

IMG_4821Dr. Florence Muindi and James Gatere handing over building project to the contractor

LIACenterPhase 1 & 2 of LIA Center Kenya



LIA Center, Kenya Groundbreaking – April 7th 2016

March 10th, 2016 | Posted by | LIA News | Events | Home Page | LIA News | Uncategorized
Proposed LIA Center, Kenya

Proposed LIA Center, Kenya

Many years ago, Dr. Florence Muindi, LIA’s founding president/CEO took a prayer walk along Lake Langano in Ethiopia. During that time, God asked her to dip her hand in the sand and grab a fistful. HE then revealed to her, “As many as are the grains of sand in your hand, so will be the leaders who will be empowered through the work of Life in Abundance”.

The LIA Centers in Kenya and Jamaica are the establishment of God’s words to Dr. Muindi at Lake Langano. LIA’s training centers serve to train churches, organizations and community leaders around the world with LIA’s community development model and how to implement it in their own communities. This is a model that has been implemented, refined, monitored, evaluated and replicated with hundreds of churches in twelve countries across Africa and the Caribbean.

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Former LIA International Board Chairman Dr. Peter Okalet and Dr. Florence Muindi with members of the LIA Senior Leadership Team at the Phase 1 & Phase 2 groundbreaking ceremony on May 4th 2014.

We know first-hand that training is the key factor to empowering people to participate in and own the transformation of their community. This is why developing our training centers is central to the mission of LIA. It is our goal that through our training centers, ministries in various communities, countries and continents can be equipped to serve the poor and the vulnerable for the long term.

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Nelson, the Clerk of Works overseeing construction of Phase 1 & 2

On April 7th Life in Abundance will be breaking ground on the 3rd and final phase of the LIA Center in Kenya. Phase 3 will be the accommodation wing for the center, having 21 rooms with a few additional meeting rooms and lounges. It has been a wonderful journey of faith as we work to see the LIA Center building project completed and we continue to see the favor of God on this vision. We’re most grateful to the partners and friends of LIA who have believed in this vision and have come alongside us to cater for 45% of the building cost of Phase 3. This is no small miracle and we are so grateful.

We still have a long way to go and funding for the building project is still coming in. So please celebrate with us as we break ground on April 7th and pray for God’s hand to be on all aspects of this project: from the provision of funding, to the approval of plans, to the laying of bricks. Thank you for choosing to be a part of this journey with us.

LIA Center, Kenya

Life in Abundance Center, Kenya

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Photo Highlights from GMHC-Africa 2015

September 26th, 2015 | Posted by | LIA News | Events | LIA News

 

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GMHC – Africa 2015 was the best conference LIA has been able to host to date! As people traveled from across Africa and the world not only bear testimony to the transformational work God is doing in the lives of people across the continent but to also be inspired toward greater things to come the atmosphere at All Saints Cathedral was extraordinary .

GMHC-Africa is shaping the dispensation of missions for Africa by Africans in our time and as LIA we are grateful that we are able to continue to steward this project to be a resource for anyone seeking to dedicate their lives to the mission of healing the nations.

 

_MG_9006Dr. Carol Spears discuss healthcare in Africa

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_MG_9074The beautiful facility at All Saints Cathedral,Nairobi

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IMG_2777Dr. Dela Adadevo tackels the issue of leadership in Africa

 

IMG_2735LIA Training Director ,Rev. Mutinda Musyimi, interviews George Rono about what it means to be a missionary

 

_MG_9188Pastor Jason Epps speaking about discipleship

_MG_9092Pastor Callisto Odede having a light moment with a student after his plenary session

 



A Place to Call Home

March 19th, 2015 | Posted by | LIA News | Events | Kenya | Home Page | Leadership | LIA News | Uncategorized

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Now I just want to tell us the story of Life In Abundance, because for some of you this may be the first time you have heard it. So I just wanted to walk you through our story. Where did we come from? How did all this begin?

Dr. Florence Muindi stood at the front of conference room one with a subtle breeze drifting in from the windows. The room is still fairly bare and the walls not yet finished but you almost don’t even notice. Every eye in the room is fixed on Dr. Muindi, hanging on every word as she narrates the journey that has lead us to this day, and there is a collective sense of awe. Not at the beautiful structure that we sit in – wall paint aside –but at the wonder that is God’s word made manifest.

It was upon the shores of Lake Langano, in Ethiopia, where Dr. Muindi received the vision for this training center. “One morning as I was strolling by the lake I heard God speak to me. He told me to dip my hand in the sand and grab a fist full. He said to me, as many are grains of sand in your hand so will be the number of people that will be trained in transformational development through the ministry of LIA.

She then hurried back to the room asked her two little boys, Kyalo who was 4 at the time and Jay who was 8, to join her in playing a game. Soon realizing that they were being roped into helping mom count grains of sand they quickly became creative with excuses and pealed themselves away from the table full of sand.

That was in 1998, and though it wasn’t clear how that word would come to pass, it never left her. When the seed was planted in 2004, as Life In Abundance grew and opened an office in Kenya then years later identified a plot of land for a training center, gathered the funds, identified an architect and that architect started drawing up plans, Dr. Muindi admitted that the whole process didn’t seem real. That it was miraculous to watch the vision God had given her, actually becoming a reality.

What you see before you today has not been accomplished by our hands or by our effort, it is God’s and we are gathered here to bear testimony to that. However this is not the end, this is just the beginning of greater things to come

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As people proceeded outside to plant trees and wander around the office facilities it was hard to escape from using the word ‘Home.’ In addition to being an international training and main office to the LIA Kenya and International teams, this facility gives Life In Abundance a home where the mission and vision of LIA can live.

So as the trees grow taller, and the roots run deeper, our prayer is that God would continue to grow His mission through LIA by widening our borders and extending our impact. Our goal, as so eloquently expressed in the words of Psalms 96, is that we may continue to declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.

LIA staff will officially move into the new Headquarter building at the beginning of April.

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GMHC Africa: Shared Learning for Local Impact

September 18th, 2014 | Posted by | Home Page | Events | LIA News | Events | Home Page | Health | Kenya | Healthcare | Kenya | Uncategorized | USA

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The forecast had called for clear skies and bright Nairobi sunshine for the second annual GMHC: Africa. Instead, the first day was ushered in by gloomy clouds and drizzling rain. However, as people started to file in through the registration hall, shaking off their umbrellas, their moods were clearly not dampened.

GMHC:Africa 2014 was held at Nairobi’s All Saints Cathedral, a quite enclave just outside the bustling city center, from September 4th-6th. The main conference was held on the 4th and the 5th, with about 350 delegates, from healthcare and development professions, from across Africa and around the world in attendance. The theme of the conference was “Shared Learning for Local Impact,” and there was no shortage of phenomenal individuals to learn from. The stain glass windows of the Cathedral and the imposing stone structure reminiscent of a medieval castle, with beautiful hanging chandeliers and the sky painted ceilings set the mood for an intimate time of learning and fellowship that all the delegates were excited to be a part of.

As attendees began arriving for registration, warm smiles could be seen all around and yelps of excitement heard from one corner to the next, as friends who hadn’t seen each other in some time were catching up and getting reacquainted. The beautiful Cathedral quickly became a beehive of activity.

Dr. Jo Lusi, an orthopedic surgeon who serves in the war torn region of Eastern Congo, where has successfully pioneered a holistic healing program through his ministry – HEAL Africa, opened the conference as the first plenary speaker. Having served as a Senator, Dr. Lusi has used both his testimony as a Christian and the credibility of his vocation to advocate for the needs of women children and handicapped.

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GMHC, he says, “not only serves as an opportunity for people with shared objectives to network and exchange ideas, it also allows us to come together and remember, as doctors, we are not only meant to treat the body but treat the soul”. For to do otherwise, he says, makes you the same or no more than a witch doctor.

Many breakout sessions, times of worship, and meals were shared over the two days of the conference, and a great deal of meaningful connection and learning took place. Especially timely, and helpful, was a session taught by an Ebola specialist about the disease and how the doctors and students in attendance could prepare to treat the disease.

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September 6th was the student’s emphasis day, where medical students from all over Kenya, and as far and Tanzania, came together to explore the idea of committing one’s self in service of the Lord through occupation. There were breakout sessions lead by Pastor Simon Mbevi (popularly known as Pastor S) discussing the purpose of life, and Dr. Carol Spears discussing the attributes of a Christian doctor, among others. So much meaningful and deep discussion had taken place during these sessions, that when Jason Epperson, a pastor at South East Christian Church in Louisville Kentucky, closed the day by making an alter call for the students who would like to commit themselves to medical missions, almost every seat in the sanctuary was emptied.

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“This is what we do it for” says Dr. Florence, founder and president of LIA International. “This is why we have conferences like this. To empower and commission the next generation to take their place in development, and in the medical field, to make Africa what Christ intends it to be.”

Plans for future Global Health Missions Conferences and related events can be seen on MedicalMissions.com, and are announced on LIA’s website.



Courageous Faith: Focusing on Jesus

December 11th, 2013 | Posted by | LIA News | Events | USA

H* is an LIA supporter based in the States who was greatly impacted by Dr. Muindi’s message at Courageous Faith. Below are her thoughts and takeaways from the event:

Several nights ago I had the blessing of attending the “Courageous Faith” event at Southeast Christian Church and hearing Dr. Florence Muindi share her personal testimony. As I listened I was truly struck by the incredible influence God has allowed Dr. Muindi to have on the world around her. I noticed that even those sitting with us at the event expressed respect and interest in the work of Dr. Muindi and LIA, even though some belong to a different faith. I feel sure that they will not easy forget what they heard that night about what Jesus can do in a person’s heart and life.

As I drove home I really thought about the things she shared with us and how much I long to influence my world for Jesus, too. How do we become someone who draws people to Him? How do we become someone that God can work powerfully through? Here are a few things I thought of as I sat down and put thoughts to paper.

Humility. In all manner of speaking and actions, when we listen to Dr. Muindi we see a small woman with a great God. We see Jesus there – not a charismatic personality. We see Jesus because Dr. Muindi does not try and draw attention to her own accomplishments. When there is true humility Jesus has the opportunity to be seen and we are drawn to Him. When we truly see Jesus He is simply irresistible! How beautiful He is when it is He that is glorified!

Single Eye for Jesus. Jesus said we cannot serve two masters. In the West we are trying to serve Mammon and God and the result has been almost total loss of credibility and influence with non-believers. Jesus said “Narrow is the way that leads to life and few are those who find it.” Only by giving up our lives do we find true life in Him. Dr. Muindi exemplifies this beautifully as she tells her story of total surrender to the will of God even when it was different from her own desires

True Compassion. One of my unbelieving friends has expressed to me how many Christians she has encountered that seemed to be very religious.  At first she was drawn to them because they knew a lot about the Bible and said their prayers but once she got to know them she was disappointed to discover that they really only  cared for themselves and their own families. She wanted to know why Christians were not more missional! This made me realize that the world notices my selfishness and is quite repulsed by it. The world does not really care how much I know my Bible or how perfect my theology is. I am NOT being a light or influencing  anyone unless I am truly compassionate and giving myself away to others.

Understanding of God’s work through suffering.  I have decided that I will not let believers speak into my life that do not see a role of persecution or suffering as one way that God can work through us greatly.  “Indeed, all who wish to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” ~2 Timothy 3:12

As Dr. Muindi candidly spoke about an experience of hers in North Sudan I had to hold my breath. That kind of experience is a great secret fear I have!  As I pursue God’s call on my life to reach out in difficult areas of the world I have even asked the Lord to please spare me from that particular kind of suffering, although I have told Him I am willing to die for Him. However, as I heard this part of Dr. Muindi’s testimony I realized deeply that I simply cannot put conditions on Christ. I want Christ and I want Him only.  Either He is worth everything or He is not. Either He is the treasure in the field or He is not.  If I am to limit what I am willing to do or not do, or to suffer or not to suffer, then I may limit the very thing I long for, which is His power perfected in me!

I end this note with an excerpt from Mother Theresa’s book, which I am currently reading, and ties in so well. Mother Theresa is another person who earned the right to be heard with her service and humility.

When our sisters were in Ceylon, a minister of state once told me something very surprising. He said, ‘You know, Mother, I love Christ but I hate Christians.’ So I asked him how that could be. He answered, ‘Because Christians do not give us Christ’; they do not live their Christian lives to the fullest.” Ghandi said something very similar; ‘If Christians were to live their Christian lives to the fullest there would not be one Hindu left in India.’ Isn’t it very true? This love of Christ should urge us to spend ourselves without ceasing.” ~ Mother Theresa

*Due to the nature of her work with individuals in sensitive countries, we have decided to withhold this supporter’s name for security reasons.



ICOM: Glorifying God Globally

November 20th, 2013 | Posted by | LIA News | Events | USA

The International Conference on Missions (ICOM) is an annual conference in Kansas City that LIA has been honored to participate in for many years. Sarah May Wilson, our Teams Coordinator, shared a bit about what made this conference special for her:

This past week, Life In Abundance had the opportunity to exhibit, as well as present and participate in a couple of workshops at ICOM. It was a great few days of connecting with old and new friends, sharing what LIA is doing through the local churches in East Africa and the Caribbean, and learning how God is using others around the world.

This year’s theme was “Glorifying God Globally”, focusing on Psalm 67.

1May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face shine on us—
so that your ways may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.

May the peoples praise you, God;
may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you rule the peoples with equity
and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God;
may all the peoples praise you.

The land yields its harvest;
God, our God, blesses us.
May God bless us still,
so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

“May the nations be glad and sing for joy…May the peoples praise you, God; may ALL the peoples praise you”  Such verses come alive when you’re worshiping in a room full of people from all over the world.

One of my favorite things about ICOM is that it is truly a gathering of people in which all nations, languages and stories are represented. While working at the LIA booth, I had several opportunities to meet and speak with people who work in all corners of the Earth working to share the good news of Christ so that one day all nations will be glad, sing for joy and praise the one in which all creation came.

This weekend was a special glimpse into the beautiful picture the Psalmist is painting in this particular passage. It was a perfect reminder of what an honor it is for LIA to be invited to work in places like South Sudan, Ethiopia and Haiti and to work with the most marginalized, the hopeless, and the tired so that they may turn and praise the one who created them. How sweet it is to be part of this Kingdom work.

As we continue to seek God’s direction for where we shall go next and how we’re to be used so that “the nations [may] be glad and sing for joy,” I ask that you partner with us in prayer.



GMHC: From Kentucky to Kenya

November 13th, 2013 | Posted by | LIA News | Events | Kenya | USA

As the Global Missions Health Conference (GMHC) wrapped up this past weekend, we asked LIA’s Manager of Engagement, Tina Bruner to write about her experience:

This past weekend was a time of tremendous learning and fellowship for the Life In Abundance family, and we had the opportunity to meet with many old and new friends.  Some of our African team – Dr. Florence Muindi, James Gatere, Dr. Steve Muhudhia and Victor Mikebanyi – traveled from Kenya to Kentucky to be with our LIA US team and participate in the Global Missions Health Conference in Louisville, KY.

As Dr. Muindi and our African brothers were in and out of speaking engagements and meetings, I had the privilege of working with Sarah, our teams coordinator, at the LIA exhibitors booth. It is always a joy and honor to meet people at our booth who are working tirelessly on behalf of the poor and vulnerable around the world.  I was sharing with one woman about the work we do in Kenya and as I said the name of the community she squealed, “That’s where I live!”  This moment was a wonderful reminder that there are opportunities for us to encourage one another in the work God has called us to around the world, even in the same town in Kenya.

A focus for LIA this year was to share with attendees and exhibitors about the extension of the GMHC to Nairobi, Kenya next September.  Every year we meet people in Kentucky who work throughout Africa and know those who cannot make the trek to the states for this event.  LIA hosted the inaugural GMHC: Africa this past August and, with a joyful heart, we will host the second annual conference in Kenya.  God’s provision is being seen in the drawing together of plenary and workshop speakers.  Many are eager to delve deeper in equipping Africans for Africa and have expressed wonderful ideas of how we can spend our time together during the event and in the field.

Please join us in prayer for the conversations, networking and learning that was started in Kentucky and will continue in Kenya in 2014. We are excited for this opportunity!



Upcoming events – GMHC and ICOM 2013

October 30th, 2013 | Posted by | LIA News | Events | Home Page | Home Page | Learn | LIA News | USA

Are you planning to attend GMHC in Louisville next week, or ICOM in Kansas City the following week? If so, be sure to connect with LIA! Here are the details:

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LIA senior leadership, including Dr. Florence Muindi (founder/CEO) and Victor Mikebanyi (regional director), will present three break out sessions:

  • Friday, Nov. 8 – 8:00 a.m. – Serving Orphans and Vulnerable Children with Dignity
  • Friday, Nov. 8 – 8:00 a.m. – Practical Insights from a Successful Community Health and Development Program
  • Friday, Nov. 8 – 1:30 p.m.Is There Hope for Haiti? Modeling New Initiatives

LIA will also host a booth #1601, so be sure to stop by and say hello!

ICOM
Dr. Florence Muindi and LIA engagement manager, Tina Bruner, will participate in two breakout sessions:

  • Friday, Nov. 15 – 9:00 a.m. – STM 101 – Is Our Helping Hurting; What Will They Say About Us?
  • Saturday, Nov. 16 – 9:00 a.m. – Panel Discussion: Short-term Mission Know-how

Be sure to stop by the LIA booth (#335) in the exhibit hall at ICOM.

Hope to see you there!

 



GMHC Africa: Coming of Age, Time to Engage

August 29th, 2013 | Posted by | LIA News | Events | Home Page | Kenya | Home Page | Leadership | Home Page | Learn | LIA News | Uncategorized | USA

On August 22 and 23, 2013, more than 200 people gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, for the first-ever African-hosted Global Medical Health Conference (GMHC Africa).  Hosting the conference on African soil fulfilled the vision of Dr. Florence Muindi and the LIA international board, in partnership with Southeast Christian Church of Louisville, KY, USA.

Representatives gathered from 17 countries in Africa and around the world to learn from prominent speakers in four plenary and 20 breakout sessions—all designed to inspire and educate participants in how health care can complement the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Conspicuous in the attendees were a significant number of medical students who were actively discerning God’s call on their lives.

At the close of the conference, Dr. Muindi acknowledged the prayerful and dedicated service of the steering committee that included: Dr. Charlie Vittitow, Dr. Peter Okaalet, Dr. Stephen Muhudhia, Dr. Girma Begashaw, Bruce Dahlman and James Gatere.  She also gave sincere thanks to Southeast Christian Church who provided sacrificial financial and prayer support for the event.

Founded in 1995, the Global Mission Health Conference (GMHC) is a ministry of Southeast Christian Church (SECC) whose members desire to cast a vision for health care missions.  Professionals and missions-minded leaders have gathered each year to explore the Lord’s vision of medical missions around the world. In 2011, SECC launched MedicalMissions.com to provide learning resources and to showcase these unique opportunities.  The website now equips nearly 100,000 individuals per year.

Dr. Muindi adds, “Holding the Global Missions Health on African soil fulfills a vision from the Lord.  We had a strong sense of God’s presence throughout the two days of the conference. It was manifested in the powerful teaching sessions. Equally important were the vigorous and intentional conversations that filled the hallways and common spaces in between scheduled events, as people from various nations and backgrounds engaged one another in networking, discerning God’s purposes and advancing this important idea. When we do things that agree with God’s heart, in His timing, we can expect Him to show up in a mighty way.  And that’s just what we experienced!”

Plans for future Global Health Missions Conferences and related events can be seen on MedicalMissions.com, and are announced on LIA’s website.