Twenty years ago, pain and loss gripped Liberia as civil conflict broke out.
But today, the hope of peace emerges.
Becky Chinchen, founder of Amani ya Juu, vividly recalls stopping at a checkpoint 18 years ago with her family, starting their long journey into exile. After several attempts to stay in Liberia, they were forced to leave. “We are here to share God’s peace,”were Becky’s words as she faced the barrel of a gun carried by a child soldier in the village of Lapia. “I’m not here for peace, I‘m here to kill!” were the words shouted back. These words still echo in her memory today. This was Becky’s last attempt to plea for peace as she evacuated, leaving Liberian soil for what she imagined would be forever.
In 1996, Amani ya Juu was founded in Kenya, far away from the Liberian war. Amani offered a place where wounds could heal, life could be resuscitated, and purpose could be restored. Peace was lived out in Kenya and soon passed to sister centers in Rwanda, Burundi, and Washington, D.C. And now, God’s peace for families and communities is ready to come full circle with Amani Liberia.
Where war robbed an entire nation of peace through brutal civil conflict, Amani ya Juu became a haven of peace. Where peace had been snuffed out many years ago in the little Liberian border town, peace will be passed again.
Amani is coming to Liberia, usurping the power of the evil, and reclaiming the country with God’s peace – Amani ya Juu!
What Will Amani Liberia Look Like?
- In a community where 85% of the population is unemployed, Amani will offer jobs and skills training.
- To those who have never had a chance to dream, Amani will offer hope.
- In a country where the moral fabric of society has been unraveled by civil conflict, Amani will mentorand disciple others in faith.
- To a country lacking in professional capacity, Amani will provide skills and leadership training to emerging leaders.
- Where churches are stuck in Sunday religious practices and traditions, Amani will engage inholistic ministry to the body, mind, heart, and spirit.
Join us in bringing Amani back to Liberia.
Amani’s team in Liberia plans to renovate a building that now stands as just a shell. Plans have already begun for gathering materials and generating products and patterns. The plan is to launch in March 2011.
It’s an ambitious goal. Amani Liberia is looking for partners.
Many have already stepped in to support the renovation of the building soon to be Amani Liberia’s home. Will you join Amani in bringing peace back to Liberia with a gift to outfit the new Amani Liberia center?
Gifts to support Amani Liberia will be used for startup costs, including:
- Sewing machines
- Sewing materials
- Stitching kits
- An Amani Liberia sign board
Give online now. Click here to make a direct donation to Amani ya Juu’s work in Liberia.
Donations can also be sent to:
P.O. Box 28133
Chattanooga, TN 37424
Your year-end donation is tax-deductible.