AFM Next Level Ministry Parntership
There are many organizations today that work towards helping better the lives of poor and needy children all over the world. That is a good thing, but the fact is that many of these organizations while doing some good, it is very incomplete! They are not finishing the job!
Jesus said, "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:36-38)
Do we hear and believe this? We do at About-Face Missions. If you claim the name of Christ, by calling yourself a Christian, you should not concern yourself with only feeding the body and not the soul. You see if you do, you are fattening them up only for destruction! Yes there is some value in secular organizations that feed and help the poor, keeping them alive long enough for others to come along later and tell them of Jesus. But physical health without Jesus, is still a destiny of death. In the end it is simply a waste of time. We must feed them Jesus! Jesus said "Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him." (John 6:56) Now this is a figurative form of speech Christ was using, but he was serious; as in dying for you serious! And so should we be.
AFM does no ministry of feedings or helps that are not encompassed with the goal of making them into disciples of Jesus. The pastors we partner with all do their "good works" of providing for food, shelter, clothing, education all with the aim of growing up fully devoted followers of Christ! We will not waste our time or promote a halfway feel-good kind of ministry. When you support a child program, or Pastor or ministry with About-Face Missions, we take it to the next level, and give the whole counsel of God to those in need as much as able. Life is more than food. We DO NOT want to see people forfeit their souls! While we follow Jesus, Come and See. Then live a faithful life before God, and Go and Be the image of Jesus in this world. Take your good deeds to the next level and be engaged in the great commission! AFM works to make it easy for you to help our children or adult ministries around the world. Support a child program. Support a indigenous minister. Support a ministry program. Contact us about helping an indigenous pastor you know and love. (Here is a list of some of our supported ministries.)
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AFM as a ministry had chosen to move away from the commonplace individual child sponsorships like many other organizations are doing for a couple reasons. We have done that in the past, but the time and resources it takes in overhead to properly and fairly keep donors and children informed and updated is immense, uses resources that are badly needed in helping them, and we have found it difficult to keep current and accurate records. Secondly, we feel to some degree it is a bit of a marketing ploy that is overdone and tends to mislead people thinking that their donation payment is going directly to their 'sponsored' child, which isn't the case. In all sponsorship programs the funds are pooled and sent bulk to the local ministers caring for all the children in their group. They then use the total pool of donations do what they deem best for their entire ministry for those children under their care. If a person doesn't give or cannot give a particular month to support their 'child' then some people feel guilty for letting down their child, or fear their kid may be discharged from the program. When in fact the decisions to release or take in more kids is rarely affected by a particular 'sponsorship'. Local ministries that are receiving funds from a charity that is sponsoring their kids are sometimes getting only a portion of their needs met in most cases, and in other cases the money to sponsor a single child is actually stretched to help 3 or 4 kids at some level. Never though at the level of care one expects in 1st world countries, because needs are much greater than there are donors willing to give. At AFM we want you to get to know our assisted children, pray for them, and interact with our leaders on the ground so that you can "adopt" many of or all of them in your prayers! So feel free to ask for names, birthdays or any other details we don't have posted online from our ministers on the ground. We don't want one or two children singled out and sent items above and beyond what they others get, we want to care for all equally well. So If you love a particular child and want to dedicate your gifts in honor of them then we highly encourage that. Call it what you want, but lets be aware of how supporting these group ministries really work Then send your gift or sign up monthly of what you are able to do. Then pray for them. Interact with them via Facebook and keep engaged with us and them, encouraging them as God gives you strength.
*Note* Due to many requests for supporters of our Mercy Children’s home ministry and our growing needs to raise up more regular monthly income to help us support our growing body of at risk children in western Kenya, Jeff and Stephanie Bys have accepted the responsibility to help us oversee a child sponsorship program with the Mercy Home kids! So if you are interested in helping us love these children better and interacting with a particular child, you can now focus your gifts to this work with a special child in mind that you particularly pray for and dialogue with from time to time. Click this button below to learn more.
We began as a worldwide Facebook Gospel ministry, and for as long as possible we want to continue using social media to make the World smaller and more personal as we all "Go and Be" the Church among the World!