Note From The Board – Shyla Samson
‘Ambassadors of Life’
John 10:7,9-10 So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they would have life, and have it abundantly.
In John 10:10 Jesus explains to His disciples that He has come that the ‘sheep’ (people) may have Life and have it abundantly. Prior to mentioning the Life and abundance that He brings, He reminds us that the thief (Satan), comes only to steal, kill and destroy.
It is a true gift and privilege to have the opportunity to travel around the globe as Okongo’s wife and his ‘two by two’ ministry partner. Together it has given us incredible opportunities to come alongside individuals, couples, and communities across the nations. Despite all the beautiful diversities from one people group to the next, one thing remains the same- the condition of the human heart and its need for the Life that only Jesus can provide.
Poverty comes in many forms. Many people view poverty in terms of being economical, but in reality, poverty includes other areas of our lives such as spiritual, relational, physical, mental, and emotional. It is evident throughout the globe that poverty has come into our lives through the enemy’s desire to steal, kill and destroy. There are people all around us, and maybe even ourselves, that are experiencing areas of poverty, darkness, or lack of freedom due to the enemy’s schemes to steal, kill and destroy our lives.
The Good News is that Jesus came to bring Life and to bring it in abundance. He brings wealth to our poverty in every area of life, sight to the places where we are blind, and freedom to the places where we are held captive. In Luke 4:18-19 Jesus spoke of Himself, “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because he has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
At Unite 4 Africa we are blessed to have many humble and intentional leaders, both men and women, with the heart and the commission to be ‘Ambassadors of Life.’ As they disciple others, believers and unbelievers, in tangible ways that address the “whole person”, not just the physical or the spiritual, we see poverty, darkness and captivity give way to Life and Life more abundant. The Gospel is the basis of this Life-giving ministry! It multiplies as the one who is liberated is commissioned to reach to another for the purpose of bringing Jesus’ liberty to them. It is a movement! Jesus has called each one of us to be “Ambassadors of Life” and those who partner with Unite 4 Africa are part of the equation that is bringing Life to the nations. We are deeply grateful for each and every one of you for your support of Unite 4 Africa! Your gifts are enabling us to fulfill this Great Commission!
– Shyla Samson