OUR MISSION AT LOVE HAS FEET
is to put hands and feet on the unconditional love of Christ through community advancement in Africa and developing regions.
We believe that reaching the lost is the very heartbeat of Christ. In Africa and countless other areas of the world, traditional outreach methods are ineffective. So we reach out by pairing the Gospel of Jesus with various forms of community development. In this way, the people in need of Christ the most will understand his compassion as well as his saving power.
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Africa has the lowest literacy rate in the world. We are working on launching a literacy program aimed at teaching illiterate adults and children alike how to read proficiently. Based on Literacy and Evangelism International’s training module, this is a Bible-based literacy program whose end goal is instructing readers to read and understand the Word of God. Providing and improving literacy will raise the standard of living in non-religious ways, as well, as illiteracy is directly related to poor job skills, lower health care, inability to compete in a global economy, and higher poverty levels in general. Through improving literacy we will provide the ability to read the Bible while simultaneously improving the quality of live and income opportunities for the people.
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
– Romans 10:17
- No one should have to worry about how they’ll feed their kids. No one.In Africa, extreme poverty makes accessibility to food difficult or, in some cases, impossible. Donna’s first trip was during a long dry season that followed a particularly short rainy season. Because the rains had been insufficient to nourish the crops, families found themselves without food.
Churches and individuals in the U.S. donated money for famine relief and the team purchased grain by the truck load. As they drove out to the villages to deliver the grain, villagers welcomed them with open arms. The first person who got a bag of grain was an elderly woman who was the forth wife of a man who had recently passed away. She had several children to feed and no husband to provide for them. When her eldest son and the missionary lugged in the 100 pound bag of grain, she lay down across the bag and began to cry. Then she got up on her knees and thanked the missionaries over and over for giving life back to her family. The missionaries tried to explain that it was not from them but a gift from the body of Christ in the United States, but she wasn’t worried about who had sent it. All she knew was that she could now feed her childrenFor food distribution, we work with local families to find areas of need. When we bring food and food supplies out to families, we are able to establish a friendship. Friendship leads to trusting relationships, and trusting relationships lead to opportunities to share the Gospel. Each bag of grain and shipment of food is prayed over before it is given out and every recipient is told about Christ. No one should have to worry about how they’ll feed their kids, and no one should miss the opportunity to hear about Jesus.“And Jesus said unto them, ‘I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.’“– John 6:35
- In Africa there lives a man named Israel. Israel used to be a Muslim but was rejected by his family when he converted to Christianity. Israel moved to the city to find a job, but would return to visit his family and try to tell them about Christ. When he was visiting, he noticed that the children were frequently very sick. With no doctor in the village, these sicknesses were often debilitating and sometimes fatal. A few years ago, we brought a water filter to Israel’s village and taught the villagers how to use the filter and to share the clean water with all the families. The next time Israel returned, his father told him that the children were no longer getting sick. The filter had cleaned the disease-causing amoebas from the water and stopped the children from getting infected. The relationship that had previously been strained by religious differences began the healing process and Israel soon introduced his older brother to Christ.Millions of people worldwide to no have access to clean water. Unclean water is a leading cause of death in Africa. Young children are particularly at risk for diseases carried by dirty drinking and bathing water. Women and children often walk for miles to fill their water buckets from a clean water source, and even these sources are commonly contaminated by amoebas and water-borne pathogens. We work with incoming teams to purchase Sawyer Water Filters and transport them to families and villages that have no source of clean water. We then revisit within the next few weeks to check on the effect that the clean water has made. Each time, the result is astounding. Within a very short timespan, something as simple as providing clean water has made a visible difference in the people who drink from it.Like with the food distribution, each water filter is prayed over before it is given. Each time a family or village receives a water filter, they are introduced to the One who promises that through him we will never thirst again.“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones; truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”– Matthew 10:42
- The first time that Donna went to Africa, she became friends with a smiling young pastor by the name of Jeremiah. He and his wife adopted Donna as an honorary member of their family and worked with her to establish a children’s ministry in the city. Soon after she left, they found out they were expecting their first baby. When their precious little girl was born, she immediately brought as much joy to the world as did her sweet parents. One day the missionaries got a phone call from Jeremiah that his tiny daughter was sick. A few moments later he called again to say that she was dead. They rushed to his little home to find that his darling infant had contracted malaria in the night and it had killed her within hours.This story is common in Africa. Malaria is a vicious disease that preys on the elderly and the very young. There is no cure for malaria, but there is a prevention: mosquito nets. Mosquito nets are highly effective in preventing malaria, since it is contracted by mosquito bites. Jeremiah’s baby’s life would have been saved if her parents would’ve had the money for a net. The price of a mosquito net is $5. How tragic that a life was lost for less than the price of a trip to the coffee shop! Purchasing a mosquito net saves several lives, as often children sleep together in the same bed. The Father’s desire is for these children to know him, and the first step in that direction is keeping them alive through the night so they can come to Sunday school and learn of a Love that will never leave them.“Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”– Matthew 19:14