WHO WE ARE.
VISION & MISSION.
Since we have started in ministry in our teens, we have always felt called to help the people who have been neglected or forgotten by their own families or communities. This has led us to some amazing ministries in America like: opening a youth center, starting a church, fostering, etc. Our hearts haven't changed in that we want to service the parts of the community that the majority of people often neglect, overlook, or forget about.
In our new community we have identified over the past few years that there are two main demographics of people that are most overlooked.
Our hearts are to be able to intervene in the lives of Talibae boys who have been neglected and forgotten by their community, family, and religious system. We are going to open a center where these young boys can get warm food, a shower, running water, hygiene and small medical care, and access to the Gospel. Speaking with one ex-talibae boy regarding his life as a Talibae he said, "Whenever I was a talibae I would get beat regularly if I did not bring enough money back or memorize the Quran whenever I was supposed to... the running water was only for the adults and not for us children because we were stinky... we were allowed to shower once a year and that was just before Tabaski (probably the largest holiday in our country)..." We want these young boys to know the love of Jesus and the warmth of His grace.
'Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." (James 1:27)
Secondly, It is not uncommon for women who beg on the side of the road for money to be the victim of sexual abuse and negative psychological effects. Sexual abuse: Female beggars are mostly abused sexually by men who seem to lure them to bed with the promise of food, better clothing, and mostly money. Most of those female beggars have been identified as the victim of sexually transmitted diseases for instance HIV/AIDS. Psychosocial effects of the street are begging: Beggars are affected by psychological patterns such as the development of inferiority complex, lack of social interaction, loss of self-respect and increased loss of self-confidence which affect their way of living and the perspective about the worthiness of living. One article stated, "“if poverty is to be seen as a denial of human rights, it should be recognized that the women among the poor suffer doubly from the denial of their human rights–first on account of gender inequality, second on account of poverty”. We want to be able to focus on showing these women their inherent value as created beings of God. We want to instill into them that God is sovereign and has a plan for their lives and that they have immense worth in the Kingdom of God. We want to help those who have been sexually abused and reeducate those who suffer from the negative psychological effects of begging on the streets.
Thirdly, we have identified a need for locals to be trained in theology and how to do tangible ministry in their country. We have started this with Leo since February as we've trained him, with the help of a local pastor, in formal theological training. This is a huge passion of ours (Stefan's) and we are excited to continue growing locals in a better understanding of the Word of God. We believe "right thinking leads to right actions" thus, theological training is at the crux of us being equipped to serving our country and spreading His Gospel.
2. Urban Poverty and Begging in African Countries. Possible Ways Out
4.The Prevalence of Street Begging in Nigeria and the Counseling Intervention Strategies