Why AsOne? What would cause me to have a fervent desire to invest my time, resources and prayer into this particular ministry when there are a plethora of other great causes out there? Daily my husband and I have the opportunity to support, through various avenues, numerous Kingdom building endeavors. So why choose AsOne? This question is better answered in a (rather lengthy) yet purposeful response. Bear with me.
The road to my involvement began years ago when God drew my attention to a young man on my son’s soccer team. I was drawn to the tenacity this young man had for the game. Throughout the time of getting to know him and eventually seeing him as a “third son,” I realized he had the same tenacity for growing in knowledge and love of Jesus and desiring to make a marked difference in the world by empowering others. That young man became one of the founders of AsOne Ministries. Andrew. While I know this ministry is not about Andrew or any other one person, it IS about being conduits for His purpose. So just as my relationship with Andrew began on a soccer field where footwork is vital, I have seen the scripture of Romans 10:15 lived out in his life and countless others involved in AsOne.
“And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings of good things.’” Or as the Message Bible states, “A sight to take your breath away! Grand processions of people telling all the good things of God!”
What a word picture! Something we would normally find stinky and dirty….feet. Yet God tells us in His Word that the feet of those that bring His good news of hope and love are beautiful! I have seen lives transformed- men, women, and children of Africa- many of whom don’t even have shoes, ironically. But because of the selfless love of those that choose to travel thousands of miles and give up all of the modern conveniences of daily living in America to deliver education, encouragement, support, and resources in order to equip their African brothers and sisters for lives of sustainability and promise, this verse is lived out. Just one example is the women in the Amaka project who have been offered a way out of prostitution and are being given the opportunity for a future and committing their lives to Christ.
Their children, the future, and next generation, now have a chance at learning and contributing to their community. I embrace the fact that the goal of AsOne is to offer a “hand-up” not “hand-out” with sustainability as the goal. And at the core of it all is the desire to build relationships and show unconditional love. I have witnessed a number of individuals invest their time and talents stateside because they too believe in the mission of empowerment. Being part of this contagious enthusiasm is a blessing. I am often moved to tears as I pray for AsOne. The faces of the children being educated at Tendo and their pure joy and excitement drive me to continue to ask God’s blessing on all those involved.
It is a privilege to play a (very) small part in the ministry of AsOne. The impact is real. The impact is measurable. The impact is eternal.