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October 16, 2009

Finding Your Place in the Fight Against Poverty


World poverty seems like an overwhelming problem at times. You may find yourself asking, “how am I able to make an impact on such a huge crisis?” If you find yourself wrestling with this question, yet still feel like God is calling you to fight poverty around the world, then this book may be an answer to prayer for you.

“The Poor Will Be Glad” is a practical book that will guide you in finding a way for you to effectively fight poverty. Here is a brief description of the book from the publisher, Zondervan:

“A compelling call to carry God’s mercy and compassion to the hurting people of this world This eminently practical book by two leading experts in the field of poverty reduction offers a clear plan to help ordinary Christians translate their compassion into thoughtful action. Authors Peter Greer and Phil Smith draw on their personal experiences to provide proven solutions for effectively reducing poverty. With photographs by Jeremy Cowart included throughout, The Poor Will Be Glad examines the pitfalls of traditional approaches and outlines a new model of economic development aimed at breaking the cycle of dependency.

Through microfinance and employment-based solutions, people who share God’s heart for the poor can reorient their efforts from giving handouts to offering a hand up, helping others provide for their families and regain their dignity. This book provides straightforward guidance for individuals and groups eager to carry God’s justice, mercy, and compassion to the hurting people in our world.”

Read all of the details about The Poor Will be Glad on Zondervan’s website. If you have had the joy of reading this book, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know how it influenced you or changed your view on world poverty.

If you feel compelled and led by God to go and see firsthand what is and can be done to fight poverty, please consider joining Purposeful Africa on our first journey to West Africa in the fall of 2010.

August 11, 2009

Bringing the Need into Focus by Actually Seeing It

Filed under: Orphan Care,Video — TimMc @ 3:29 pm

Recently, during a trip to Ethiopia with Rhonda Sand, John Hixson shared a great perspective on how the trip impacted him personally. We wanted to share this video with you because we see the same thing happening through the Purposeful Africa journey. We are excited about the opportunities that are being presented to us in West Africa to minister to the tremendous orphan population there.

We hope you are encouraged by this video. Please feel free to leave your comments and reaction to it. We would appreciate your feedback.

July 27, 2009

Rhonda Sand, Founder of Purposeful Africa Shares Her Heart about West African Orphans

Filed under: Announcements,Orphan Care — TimMc @ 3:54 pm

The founder of Purposeful Africa, Rhonda Sand, has just posted a great article in her own blog about her desire to make an impact on the plight of orphans throughout West Africa. We encourage you to visit Rhonda’s blog and read her vision for ministering to orphans by using Purposeful Africa.

June 16, 2009

Indigenous Churches, Orphan Outreach, and People Like You

Filed under: Orphan Care — admin @ 3:38 am

The following is a great example of an excellent model for ministering to orphans throughout the world. World Orphans is an organization that has put together a method of ministering to orphans that is all encompassing. Their goal is to involve the local community, indigenous churches, and people like you and me to engage in opportunities to care for and minister to orphans throughout the entire world.

Here’s what World Orphans says about its own ministry:

“WORLD ORPHANS is committed to rescuing millions of ORPHANED AND ABANDONED CHILDREN, the strengthening of thousands of INDIGENOUS CHURCHES, and the impacting of hundreds of COMMUNITIES with the Gospel of Jesus Christ…through the COST-EFFECTIVE empowerment of CHURCH-BASED orphan prevention, rescue, care and transition programs in the LEAST REACHED AREAS of the world.”

This chart outlines many of the processes that World Orphans uses to compassionately engage in effective ministry that not only changes the lives of the orphans, but impacts local communities and churches too.


We hope that you will be able to use it and learn from it. It is also a great tool in order to be able to effectively pray for World Orphans and their ministry.

June 8, 2009

A Family of Six is Now Seven

Filed under: Orphan Care — admin @ 3:35 am

A couple of years ago, Jacob and Kelly Bonnema embarked on a trip to Ethiopia with Purposeful Africa to trace the whereabouts of the Ark of the Covenant along with Bob Cornuke of BASE Institute. The Bonnema’s have been blessed with four children of their own and little did they know that their time in Ethiopia would completely change their family and their lives forever. It was during this visit that this precious family of six became a family of seven. We praise God for the way He has moved in the Bonnema family. We are also thankful for the video they created to tell their story. We hope that you will enjoy watching this and pray that God will move in your heart to engage in some way to help in ministering among the growing orphan population throughout Africa.

April 13, 2009

For the Least of These…

Filed under: Medical/Dental Service,Orphan Care,Prayer Requests — admin @ 3:16 am


Matthew 25:35-40 (NIV)

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Purposeful Africa is excited about the opportunities that are becoming available to serve in many African countries during our journey. As we continue to pool resources and learn of new needs, we would like to share some information about how great the need is in many of the countries we will be visiting. As you know, one of the main goals for Purposeful Africa is to expose needs and engage in a multi-faceted level to positively impact God’s people in Africa.

Not only do we want to provide ways to take care of their needs in the present, but we are also concerned for their eternal needs too. Please join us as we begin to pray over these countries and the needs that exist there. Please pray that we will be effective in our medical, dental, and orphan care ministries. Pray for the ministries and organizations that are in place now–working there every day. Pray that when we arrive, we will be able to engage in the work they are doing and add value to it. (Continue reading…)