Our goal is that every eligible family would become self-sustaining and thrive.
One of our greatest joys is celebrating our graduates!
Here are pictures of many of our graduates as well as specific stories of their personal journey from hopelessness to empowerment!
Prior to becoming a sponsored family through Mission 1:27, Abynesh, who is HIV+ herself, was caring for her mentally ill sister and her nephew but couldn’t bring in enough money washing clothes. Abynesh joined the IGA program and began having much success making and selling both potato chips and injera (Ethiopian cultural bread). Thanks to this opportunity, she is able to independently care for Elfinesh and Yabsira.
ABYNESH, Bole Bulbula
You put your blessed fingerprint on my family, particularly upon my son by triggering his bright and blessed future. Therefore I can’t stop blessing you and everything belongs to you in Jesus name again and again.”
EDELE REDA, Meseret Kristos
“After my husband left us, we were living with many difficulties and challenges. We didn’t even have food to eat or a place to live. Now we have enough to eat, clothing to wear, clean water to drink and have shelter to rest. The loan I received helped me to start a business of making pillow cases and bed coverings with the help of machines. I am now living a happy life after I succeeded and started supporting my family independently. Now I have settled all my debts from the IGA program and graduated. Finally, I would like to say to my sponsoring family that you put your blessed fingerprint on my family giving us a bright and blessed future. Therefore, I am glad to bless you both Mission 1:27 and my beloved sponsoring family in Jesus name.”
“I think about how my husband left me with those three children and so many problems that I couldn’t solve. While I was struggling with those challenges, I got the opportunity to join Mission 1:27 and later the IGA program, allowing me to expand my existing business. Now all the challenges and problems of food, shelter and clean water were solved through you. I am eagerly striving in my business for a better future and so do my children, in their academics and work. I even repaired my home together with my neighbors. Now I keep working hard on my business and strive to attain the bright future. I cleared all my debts from the IGA program. Finally, I would like to thank you both, my beloved sponsoring family and Mission 1:27, for everything you did. Because of you I kept running to a better life with great achievement and progress in life. May God bless you for the time we had and for what you did for us.”
TEWABECH, Meseret Kristos
"When I joined Mission 1:27 I was living in living with many challenges. I had nothing to feed my children and no source of income to fulfill the needs of my family. But after you began supporting my family, you saved us from hunger, disease and death. I want to thank God who sent you as an angel to rescue our family."
GENET DULA, Bole Bulbula
Etenesh joined this program from the NMK church through the candidate identification process. During that time, the family was so terrified because of how many children they had that they were unable to feed and who were not healthy. But after they joined this program Etenesh could manage this family and some children could attend school. Most of the children are no longer in school and now work as daily laborers. The family now has more than adequate food and lives in a repaired government house. Not only the problem of food and shelter is solved but most of the children work and Etenesh joined the IGA program. She invested the money in a small garment retailing business and prepared and sold local drinks.
ETENESH, Meseret Kristos
Workinesh joined this ministry after the candidate selection process with the NMK church. When she joined, the family was in a hazardous condition where there was nothing to eat or drink and they were challenged with shelter and health problems. But now these dangerous conditions are improved and Workinesh has a successful, small spice business. This family is truly changed, determined to work hard and looking forward to a bright future.