Preventing tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s families through the local church.
To become one family in Christ.
Is Jesus. The vision of The Lulu Tree is Jesus. It’s bringing His comfort to those who’ve been abandoned by the world. It’s breathing His life over a discouraged pastor or mother. It’s letting the little children come to Him. It’s reconciling the poorest of the poor back to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. ~ Colossians 1:28
We do this through Salvation, and Sustainability.
Our primary focus is the salvation of souls. And how are souls saved? Through witnessing Jesus’ kingdom come to earth. We seek to equip pastors in the remotest of villages with the fullness of the gospel so they, in turn, can bring the kingdom of God to the single mothers, discouraged fathers, and abandoned children in their communities.
Our secondary focus is sustainability. Dependency is neither loving nor wise. We want to set up our Lulu families to be successful long after we have gone. So we work with the National Directors (who are also pastors) in each country to develop a sustainable plan, so that, prayerfully, within 5 years they will be self-sufficient and able to care for their own.
The mission God has given us is to prevent tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s families through the local church. When the church becomes the cornerstone of a community, the downward spiral of poverty is upended as families work together to develop healthy, sustainable villages rooted in the love of Christ – and disciples are made in all nations.
First and foremost, we seek to partner with pastors who are already trying to help their communities. We help them first to care for their own families through building up their small businesses; then, to build up their church families by providing resources both for gospel outreach and for solid theological training. This allows the local church to become the cornerstone of each village.
Once the church is healthy and strong, it can then reach out and assist the local village through initiatives such as sustainable farming, maternal healthcare centers and FGM rescue, and gospel outreaches, amongst others.
When the village is equipped, individual families are then assisted through microloan programs and education for parents. As a result, the most vulnerable are protected.
Even as the church equips the village, and the village supplies for the family, children are cared for. As a result, communities are able to care for their own in the name of Christ.
The Lulu Tree Foundation seeks to establish individual, local branches in each of the countries it works in. By principle, it does not operate as a foreign NGO in these countries, but rather, partners with locals to set up their own ministries. Our belief is that local leaders possess an understanding of the culture and environment that is essential to success in each nation. The foundation then works with the national directors, who are pastors, to determine self-sustainable goals, helping the ministry to become independently sustainable within 1-4 years. The Lulu Tree then contributes donated funds towards achieving those goals and works in partnership with local leaders as they move towards sustainability. Once sustainability has been achieved, leaders are commissioned to plant the Tree in a new location–thereby multiplying the ministry organically.
Over the past seven years, we’ve worked with pastors in four different African countries — Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Liberia.
As of 2021, each of those countries will be achieving a level of self-sustainability, with our focus then being re-directed to the regions and countries around them.