When God called us to Africa, we really had no idea how things would grow, what changes we would be led to make, and who would work alongside us. It has been a walk of faith from the very beginning. If we told you how God networked people together, you would be as amazed as we are — people we’d never met yet who share similar visions and passions for the work to which we are called. Even now, we are in awe as the networking continues as we meet new friends who share our same standard of integrity in ministry and with whom we share contacts, resources, projects and mission objectives. Our goal is to work alongside indigenous leaders, equipping them to minister to their people. It is never our intention to replace them; God called them to be a light within their villages and communities in a way that we never could. Our prayer is that you, as a friend and partner in the Kingdom of God at work in Africa, will help us be that example of God’s steadfast love to all as we embrace those to whom He leads us — the destitute, the rejected, the broken, and the oppressed. There are endless opportunities in Africa where there are so many needs represented among so many people groups. Pray with us, partner with us, join us as we pursue God’s will in and for Africa!
Denise Matthews, Executive Director
Heart of God Africa
A high view of God and His Word fuel my passion for training men who have been called by God to the pastoral ministry of feeding their flock. I came face-to-face with that need in Uganda when I made my first trip there in 2010. Over 100 pastors showed up for a 4 day pastor's conference and it was there that I saw there hunger and thirst for God's Word. I concluded that if they are that hungry for knowledge of scripture their churches would be starving as well. This started a quest to begin planning for on going pastor's conferences each year God allowed us to go. God has blessed that desire by allowing further trips and also bringing other men who share the same desire to teach pastors how to properly handle Christ's Word. Our plans are bigger than just annual trips. God has burdened us with the desire to build a training center where these precious men of God can come and get the training they have never received. We focus on three goals:
May our Lord and Savior be glorified in this task He has set before us.
Mark Matthews, President
Heart of God Africa
During our first visit in 2009 we discovered a great need for Uganda’s youth, specifically in the area of education. Uganda is one of the “youngest nations” on earth (over half the population is 14 or younger). Compounding this fact is the proportion of youth who are orphans, the number who have inadequate food and shelter, and an educational system struggling to address these issues - overcrowded classrooms with 60 to 100 students and just one teacher being the norm. As we visited schools, some government-run and some private, we witnessed teachers overwhelmed with their tasks and lacking basic essentials such as textbooks, desks, pencils and paper, etc. The teachers begged for our help, suggesting that we bring other teachers with us to provide improved methods of teaching, classroom management, and discipline. Of course we also recognized a great spiritual need in all of this: students experiencing hunger, poverty, and great loss in their young lives and teachers in similar circumstances, inadequately prepared to face such challenges. (Could any of us be adequately prepared?) We also recognized that the best way to affect the lives of children was through their teachers. In 2010 we requested and were granted permission through the governmental education agency to hold a teacher conference, and we... (Continue reading.)
Sharlyn Guthrie, Director
Education and Music
Heart of God Africa
It is the primary purpose of Heart of God Africa's sponsorship programs to make an eternal impact on the lives of those who might otherwise never have the opportunity to experience the love of God. Working together at the local level, the door is open to sustainable change in the community. Not only are children being educated and fed, they are learning principles of life that they will carry throughout their futures as responsible adults impacting their nation from within.
Sponsorship of these children requires mere pennies a day which provides them with the necessities for learning in a Christ-centered atmosphere. Regardless which program you choose to support, you will be impacting the life of a child who lives in extreme poverty. Your generosity will not only change the direction of a child's life, but it will also impact an entire community and, prayerfully, a nation.