Our next few Journeys took us to more countries around the globe including the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Thailand, India and the Philippines. Each of these trips was a learning experience as we developed the strategies we now use for seeing thousands come to Christ, working effectively with local leaders to ensure good follow-up and discipleship, feeding the hungry, providing clean drinking water and utilizing an efficient and fruitful method of training our teams in supernatural ministry. As of the end of 2015, Impact Nations has led teams to 17 nations around the developing world, and this year we will be adding more to that list. So far, we have led 47 Journeys of Compassion, involving over 1,200 people.
What makes Journeys of Compassion so uniquely compelling? At one level, it is the hundreds of hours of careful planning that go into even the smallest details of every trip. But beyond that, it is our belief that in every possible situation, the gospel is meant to be preached and demonstrated both supernaturally and practically. Therefore when people join us on a Journey, they find themselves on the front-lines of ministry everyday, where they are the ones bringing Heaven to Earth. The result is that men and women from all over the world tell us that being part of a Journey has been one of the most formative experiences of their lives.
Early on, we realized that as beneficial as Journeys are to the areas where we minister, there is a need for an ongoing impact upon these communities after we leave. Therefore, we began to work with our local partners to develop strategies for long-term transformations.
Impact Nations has helped the poor start businesses, opened sewing schools for women at risk, and created a bio-sand water filter business that provides employment and distributes clean water to thousands. We have also purchased three farms in Uganda, provided water tanks to schools and communities, and sent people to Africa and Haiti to teach agriculture, bio-intensive gardening, health education and sound financial practices. Schools have been constructed in Haiti and Uganda. In every nation where we have gone, Impact Nations has worked with pastors and leaders, helping them to establish strong churches that are committed to making disciples.
In 2013 we began a long-term community transformation in Kalonga, Uganda. Our goal is to see this community of 25,000 changed spiritually, educationally, economically, and in their physical health. We are already well on our way to providing every resident with access to clean drinking water. A farm has been purchased which will not only provide a daily meal to over 300 students, but will also provide income to pay teachers at the Hope and Care school. A new school building and a training center for young men and women to learn employable skills is currently in the planning stage.
There are times and situations where, before we can help create a development plan, we first need to come alongside the people with relief efforts. This has taken us to a number of nations, including Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, the Philippines after the recent 2013 typhoon disaster and Nepal after the 2015 earthquake. In these and other situations we have been able to provide over 300,000 people with clean water and over 400,000 meals for desperately hungry people.
We are thankful and, frankly, amazed at all that has transpired since our first Journey in 2005. The Lord continues to go before us, opening opportunities to do the Gospel of His Kingdom. Truly,
According to His power that is at work within us,
To Him be glory. (Eph 3:20,21)