Encouraging Words

This world is a place where people find hope. 

When describing a pivotal moment in the life of Jesus with His disciples, the Bible says that Jesus"....showed them the full extent of His Love." John 13:1

How did Jesus show the disciples just how far His love would go? By taking off his outer garment, wrapping a towel around his waist and going from disciple to disciple washing their feet.

The ultimate demonstration of love is to serve. Setting aside our agendas in service, we live out our commitment to the well-being of other, often to our own discomfort. 

Life often deals a painful blow to our fellow citizens of this world. It may leave a community without clean water, a child without access to education or it may convict a mother who struggles to provide for her children that are no good. Every day the Spirit of God motivates people to act in selflessness and self-sacrifice to change the world that other face from a place of hopelessness to one of hope. I believe that the admonition to love God with all of your mind, heart and soul naturally leads to the commitment to loving your neighbor through acts of kindness and service. 

You are invited to discover some of the ways we try to change the world. More than that, you are invited to join us and and discover how God wants to change the world through you.

God loves and has drawn us with His loving kindness.

Leo Tate

A Message from the Founder

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, 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.’
— Matthew 25; 35 NIV

There was once a point where I was not a Christian and was very dissatisfied with my life style. One day, an older lady was visiting my next door neighbor and invited me to her church revival service. Out of 21 days of revival, I only missed two nights. At the conclusion of the meetings, I was mentally and spiritually transformed and made the conscientious decision to be baptized.

After a few months, I was invited to a correctional center by a present LIA House advisor, Dr. lsaac Fordjour. Since that day, I have been faithful to prison ministry for over 40 years. I have been blessed to spread the love I have received through ministry and have baptized 800-900 (eight to nine hundred) men and women.

My greatest opposition was a previous question from an inmate… "When I get out I have no place to go, and I cannot go back home to upper Tennessee. Can I come and live in your home until I find a job?" I came home and spoke. Her response was "I know that you are not serious!" We prayed about it and allowed him to live with us for 2 (two) years. The young man found a job and later moved out. The same instance arose with another inmate from Fort Pillow State Prison.  My wife and I allowed another young man to live with us while he completed general studies. After his high school graduation, our church sent him to Andrews University where he was very successful. 

GOD has blessed me in so many ways through my faithfulness! The 40 years of prison ministry and the in-house experience with inmates created the vision that you stand in today. GOD gave me this vision and there will never be another of its kind. 

 

Leo Tate