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First Love


Restoring Hope Through Love

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First Love


Restoring Hope Through Love

Our Mission

First Love exist to restore hope to the hurting and abused, and end the cycle of poverty by promoting education and spiritual development to make dreams become reality.  

EDUCATION “Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.” –James A. Garfield

EDUCATION

“Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.” –James A. Garfield

ENTERPRISE Sustainability is the operative word if you are going to have meaningful long-term success in Africa, and First Love Ministries is impassioned to identify outcomes that would lead to a legacy of self-sufficiency and enterprise development.

ENTERPRISE

Sustainability is the operative word if you are going to have meaningful long-term success in Africa, and First Love Ministries is impassioned to identify outcomes that would lead to a legacy of self-sufficiency and enterprise development.

HEALTH

HEALTH

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Education


Helping children reach their full potential.

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Education


Helping children reach their full potential.

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Feeding thousands of students daily a nutritious breakfast so they can learn at a high level.

 

Leadership

Supporting students to become leaders in their community.

schools

Schools we partner with.

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Enterprise


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Enterprise


empowering Africa

Like anywhere on earth, a large percentage of the African population is industrious and willing to work, however, in Africa especially, they simply don’t know what to do—they need direction, they need training. Success is defined as getting the African people to take action, inspiring them to take it on themselves.  The problem with microloans and other similar programs is that few recipients are business people.  The hope is that they will develop into business people, but as monetary capital is provided up front—it can be seen just as a handout, and often the will to follow-through on loan repayment is not fundamentally understood as an obligation or commitment. 

A works program is a better model, whereas specified work must be completed prior to ‘earning’ anything of value.  It starts the worker off right, while the principle of giving a handout has little or no lasting value. 

The viability of Small Business came to the forefront of all ideas.  First Love has the expertise to build a ‘works’ program and logistically supply everything needed.  First Love will provide the hands on training to coach the new entrepreneur as they start their own small business which can be in farming, jewelry making, soap making, etc.  It is understood there would be no pay, instead they would have to earn their own income by investing time and work into their new business. 

Sustainability is the operative word if you are going to have meaningful long-term success in Africa, and First Love Ministries is impassioned to identify outcomes that would lead to a legacy of self-sufficiency and enterprise development.  Like anywhere on earth, a large percentage of the population is industrious and willing to work, however, in Africa especially, they simply don’t know what to do—they need direction, they need training.

 
Success
is defined as getting the African people to take action, inspiring them to take it on themselves.  The problem with microloans and other similar programs is that few recipients are business people.  The hope is that they will develop into business people, but as monetary capital is provided up front—it can be seen just as a handout, and often the will to follow-through on loan repayment is not fundamentally understood as an obligation or commitment.


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Health


Physical, Relational, & Spiritual

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Health


Physical, Relational, & Spiritual

Caring for the whole person

Physical Health – While health care has made strides, South Africa still suffers from astronomically high HIV rates, high infant mortality rates, and malnutrition. 45% of the deaths in children before the age of five in this region are contributed malnutrition of either the child or mother, or both. In rural areas, clinics are often dealing with limited medication and staff, so the needs of the area are not met. Through medical outreaches, we reach the underserved in these areas with screening programs for HIV and other life-threatening diseases and basic medical services.

Infant mortality rates are much higher South Africa than anywhere else in the world. This rate (noted in the graph below) indicates deaths of children before they reach their 5th birthday. Kristin discovered this personally just talking with ladies in the nursery at church. Out of the six mothers in the room, Kristin was the only one who had not lost a child before the age of five. A couple of the ladies had lost more than one child.  Many of these deaths are preventable with adequate pre-and post-natal care of the mother and infant, vaccinations and education regarding care of an infant. 45% of these deaths are contributed to malnutrition of either the child or mother, or both.

Family Health – Poverty and lack of job opportunities impacts families greatly.  Parents must leave children in the care of grandparents or other relatives to find work far from home. Very often, the fathers are not involved in the children’s lives creating single mothers who must struggle to provide for the family and care for their children. 

Spiritual Health – The local church is the hope of the world and so we support local churches and pastors in the areas where we serve. Training pastors and leaders is key to helping churches move away from the mixing of traditional religions that involve ancestry worship and Christianity.  This mix results in incorrect doctrine and teaching resulting in people unable to live victorious Christian lives. First Love Ministries provides solid Bible teaching to pastors and leaders, as well as, supporting churches by speaking at conferences and church meetings.