Our vision is to become a role model for the provision of Christian support services to the poor globally.
Our mission is to use tangible resources as a means to evangelize, counsel, train and disciple people to escape the cycle of poverty and to become matured and well-grounded Christians.
The idea to establish the Cedi Club was mooted after a family life seminar presentation on “the Christian and the Poor” in October 2011. Church members present adopted the concept and indicated an interest in promoting this initiative. Consequently, a team was put together to pull together the necessary documentation for the club which has been validated by a series of meetings held by church members to review what the club would focus on and how it should operate.
The club was therefore born out of recognition that there were some existing unmet needs of the poor in LIC, in the University Community within which the church is situated and beyond. A key issue amongst many others being the lack of access to resources including finances is a key stumbling block to this group. Consequently the Cedi Club is deeply committed to providing holistic support for the poor based on Christian principles and ultimately targeted at a growing and discipling Christians into maturity. The club expects to work closely with other church organs as well as diverse organizations and institutions to promote this cause. The club’s name itself has gone through a number of iterations; the original being LIC Cedi Club for the Poor, eventually settling on LIC Cedi Club.
Who are the poor?
According to the scriptures they are shabbily clothed people (James 2:1-5, 9 easily forgotten (Gal 2:10), lazy (Prov. 10:4), dirty (Psa 113:7), oppressed and robbed (Psa 35:10), troubled individuals (Psa 34:6), frustrated (Psa 14:6), shunned and despised (Prov. 14:20 – 21), lacking money (Deut 15:7 – 11), extorted (Jer 22:16), maligned (Isaiah 32: 7-8), destitute and judged unfairly ( Prov 31: 8 – 9), denied justice (Isaiah 10:1 – 3) amongst others but God loves them all the same and instructs us to help them. Clearly God’s definition of the poor goes beyond lacking finances!
Deuteronomy 15:4 “However there should be no poor among you, for in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you if only you fully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today”. Deuteronomy 15:7,8: “if there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tight fisted toward your poor brother. Rather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he needs”. Matthew 25:34, “Then the King will say to those on this right, Come you who are blessed by my Father take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me”.
The poor do not just need your sympathy, God says they need justice or fairness from you “Luke 11:39 – 42” and this justice involves giving them opportunity, supporting them and being concerned about them. This is what God considers as fair!
For more information on how to be part of the Cedi Club, please dial 024-436-7329.