About Us

We equip local churches in sub-Saharan Africa to engage in Christ-centered compassionate ministry. Jesus cared for both physical and spiritual needs, and expected His followers to do the same (Matt. 9:2–7; Luke 10:25–37). We focus on helping churches discover their resources and potential, and become salt and light in their communities (Matt. 5:13–16).

Christ Centered

 We promote compassionate outreach that flows from the love God supremely demonstrated in the self-sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19).  

The Local Church

The local church is God’s plan to bring both spiritual and physical healing to communities. The greatest impact regarding the compassionate needs in Africa will come from the 70,000 local churches that are part of our network. 

Development Principles

This means that we believe that the most effective solutions to poverty and human suffering begin not with people’s needs, but with their resources. We work to empower local people to find local, sustainable solutions to poverty and human suffering.

Our Key Verse

He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, but he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.

Proverbs 14:31, NASB95

The Need

Our Team

Jerry M. Ireland (PHD) and Paula Ireland (MPH)

Jerry M. Ireland (PHD) and Paula Ireland (MPH)

Directors of Africa AG Care

Jerry M. Ireland (PHD) and Paula Ireland (MPH) serve as directors of Africa AG Care. They bring a unique combination of expertise in both theology and in international health. Jerry is the author of Evangelism and Social Concern in the Theology of Carl F. H. Henry (Pickwick, 2015). He and Paula, along with their daughter Charis, live in Lomé, Togo.

Suzanne Hurst (RN, MPH, DrPH Candidate)

Suzanne Hurst (RN, MPH, DrPH Candidate)

Africa AG Care Representative

Suzanne Hurst (RN, MPH, DrPH Candidate) serves as Africa AG Care representative on the Africa Leadership Team. Suzanne has served as a missionary to Africa for over twenty years, and has extensive experience in health and development ministries. She is co-author of Transformational Development (Discovery Series), and lives in DRC with her husband Pat.

Jerry M. Ireland (PHD) and Paula Ireland (MPH)

Jerry M. Ireland (PHD) and Paula Ireland (MPH)

Directors of Africa AG Care

Jerry M. Ireland (PHD) and Paula Ireland (MPH) serve as directors of Africa AG Care. They bring a unique combination of expertise in both theology and in international health. Jerry is the author of Evangelism and Social Concern in the Theology of Carl F. H. Henry (Pickwick, 2015). He and Paula, along with their daughter Charis, live in Lomé, Togo.

Suzanne Hurst (RN, MPH, DrPH Candidate)

Suzanne Hurst (RN, MPH, DrPH Candidate)

Africa AG Care Representative

Suzanne Hurst (RN, MPH, DrPH Candidate) serves as Africa AG Care representative on the Africa Leadership Team. Suzanne has served as a missionary to Africa for over twenty years, and has extensive experience in health and development ministries. She is co-author of Transformational Development (Discovery Series), and lives in DRC with her husband Pat.

Our Strategy

Africa AG Care exists to promote assets-based approaches to compassionate ministry. We believe that those who live in a community are best equipped to find solutions to the challenges and difficulties they face. Though we sometimes are involved in disaster relief, our main focus is equipping churches to respond to the needs in their communities with Christ-like compassion.

We do this primarily through theological education and training in health related issues. We focus especially on local, sustainable solutions to problems such as poverty, lack of clean water, and other needs.

Cry Africa is one of our partner ministries, and represents a network of HIV/AIDS practitioners who are living and working in sub-Saharan Africa.

For more information visit CryAfricaNetwork.org.

Give

We are always looking for new financial partners! You can join our support team by using the online form at the bottom of this page:

Current needs:

  • Salt and Light Conferences – these conferences are the centerpiece of what we do. They enable us to interact with large numbers of church and denominational leaders and provide them with resources to help their church in compassionate outreach. Funding helps us secure a location and provide scholarships for travel and other expenses. This initiative will be launched in early 2016.
  • Curriculum Development Assistance – we are in the process of developing resources for local churches that can be printed in Africa and distributed to pastors and leaders. These resources help pastors lead their churches in compassionate ministry. This curriculum serves as a church-based tool for engaging every church member in compassionate action. By giving to this work, you help us get these resources into the hands of African leaders and pastors.
  • Empowered Women Initiative –Leymah Gbowee, who helped lead reform in Liberia, and who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts, once said, “When it comes to preventing conflict or building peace, there’s a way in which women are the experts…we know our communities. We know our history. We know the people. We know how to talk to an ex-combatant and get his cooperation, because we know where he comes from. To outsiders like the UN, these soldiers were a problem to be managed. But they were our children.” We agree. We think women are especially crucial to addressing poverty and other social needs in Africa. This initiative is aimed at empowering the women in the community to be agents of change. We will also be launching this initiative in 2016!
  • Local Church Resourcing – The task of equipping local churches to develop comprehensive approaches to compassionate ministry is one of our primary goals. Doing this though often involves expensive travel. Your assistance helps make possible the production and dissemination of training materials, and travel expenses so we can directly assist churches in this task.

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How You Can Help

Pray!

Will you pray for this ministry daily, weekly, or monthly, that we would be guided by the Holy Spirit in all that we do? Our desire is that our strategies and our efforts would be God ordained, as we minister to the suffering church in Africa.

Go!

We welcome churches and individuals who would like to be more directly involved in what we do. If you would like to discuss the possibility of coming to Africa and partnering with us in a direct manner, please fill out the form below.

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