Our vision is to see the children in Africa have their needs met, their rights upheld and their dreams fulfilled.
Abaana exists to show the love of God, transforming the lives of impoverished children and their communities in Africa, through raising funds, awareness and motivating people to give sacrificially.
· Christian – believe in Jesus Christ and follow His teachings & lifestyle
· Compassion – a deep awareness and sympathy for human suffering and a strong desire to do something about it
· Stewardship – how we use and care for the gifts, talents and affairs God has given to us
· Humanitarian – devoted to the promotion of human welfare
· Visionary – a seer, characterized by vision
· Community – a group of people sharing a common interest
· Empowering – to equip or supply with an ability
· Excellence – the state, quality or condition of excelling
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe in…
1. The one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
2. The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
3. The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
4. The dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.
5. The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary, truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
6. The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
7. The bodily resurrection of Christ, the firstfruit of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
8. The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
9. The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
10. The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
11. The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.
“I have a vision for Abaana. That vision is to see young people stand up and say, we are not the church of tomorrow! We are the church of today. Young people that will stand up and set an example to a materialistic world. An army of mercenaries that will care more about the fact that millions are dying with AIDS, than building a C.D collection. Who care more about clothing the naked, than the label they wear. Who care more about the starving than their craving for a full stomach. I have a vision that young people will stand for the Biblical truths where other generations have failed. When they are told to sit down and shut up, they will stand up, and be heard. When others say, “It is not your problem,” they will ask, “Then who’s is it?” Young people that will take the initiative and live for Christ now. They will say “I am not too young, to make a difference.” Young people who will have the boldness of the Old Testament prophets and the compassion of Jesus. Young people who are not afraid to cry for injustice, to live for Christ, and know that to Die is Gain. Young people who would lay down their life for those who are lost.
I have a vision that young people will be committed to fight even if they don’t think they can win. That they will stand at all costs, and never retreat. They will love, because they are loved. They will give because they have received. They will intercede for those with no voice. They will cry for those with no tears, they will carry those with no strength. They will lift those that fall and give hope to the hopeless. They will share the Gospel through hands that feed Lepers and show compassion through tear–stained eyes. They will not be ashamed to hug the homeless or hold hands with the rejected, or to love the loveless. Why? Because they know that they never walk alone. For they walk with Christ.
I have no doubt that God cares about the people who have needs. We just have to look at the life of Jesus to see that. Jesus met the needs, and shared his message at the same time. James tells us that Faith without works is dead. I have seen the results of Faith with works. I have seen people coming and simply asking, “ Why are you helping us?” The world says look after yourself, and the church is believing it. Jesus said love your neighbour as yourself. Which are we following?”
Scott Baxter, founder of Abaana