Love - Faith - Family -Destiny
Over twenty years ago, we set out to show the people the love of God, open their spiritual eyes and empower people and families to be everything God created them to be. God's plans and purposes are not to be kept a secret, nor will the church be a "members only" club, but, a place where those far from church that are lost, hurting, and needing direction can come and experience an atmosphere filled with God, and are welcomed, uplifted as we teach God's uncompromising Word.
Our purpose for this ministry, Abundant Harvest, is to be a place where the supernatural presence of God is magnified and for the people to experience true deliverance and freedom in Christ. We exist to see people and families LIFTED UP by breaking generational curses, strongholds, and traits that cause self-destruction in people's lives and homes through the love and power of God!
LIFT's purpose is to prepare people from every walk of life, nation, tribe, people and language to stand before the throne and declare the goodness of God, as we are Living In Faith Together.
Drs. Anthony and Micheline McFarland
Take Back the Family Movement
In 2014, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) in collaboration with Ebony Magazine, released the result of a survey that explored the challenges and successes of African American families living in the United States. The survey provides a comprehensive perspective of black families, documenting viewpoints on a wide range of social, family and economic issues, drawing from a national sample of 1,005 African-American respondents to identify the leading issues confronting Black families.
Key findings of the poll included:
Despite a strong recognition that the nation is making progress in some important areas like providing access to health care and improving public education, a large segment of the black population believe racism is very much alive and directly impacts their lives. Fourteen percent of respondents said they face discrimination “very often,” while 44 percent said they “sometimes” face discrimination. In addition, respondents also cited finding affordable housing and keeping their children safe as chief concerns.
74% believe local government isn’t doing enough to support Black young men and boys.
Almost two-thirds say they are better off financially than they were five years ago, but 82 percent are concerned that Whites still make more than Blacks for doing the same jobs.
52% see the media portrayal of African Americans as generally negative.
Almost 1/3 believe that their children are not getting a quality education.
44% said they knew someone who had committed suicide or was killed.
74% say efforts to reduce crime and violence in their neighborhood is losing ground or staying the same. 30% said “improving the creating more jobs/good paying jobs” is a top issue of concern.
As of June of 2020 4.9 million people over the prior 11 weeks lost their jobs. That’s 25% of the entire California workforce.
National unemployment rate by race:
White – 14.7%
Black – 16.7%
Hispanic/Latino – 18.9%
Woe to those who make unjust laws/to those who issue oppressive decrees/to deprive the poor of their rights/and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people (Isaiah 10:1-2 NIV)
To lift up and build up black families in our community who are hurting.
To help change the narrative within the black family structure.
To advocate for a society that is fair, equitable and just, until equality and equity is achieved when we no longer see disparities based on race.
To restore and change the narrative of Black families based on Godly principles.
Where are we today?
For the past 20 years we have been helping families of all nationalities throughout the community by inspiring: teaching, counseling, engaging, and advocating for the holistic (spiritual, mental and physical) growth and improvement of individuals and families.
African–Americans represent approximately 13.4 percent of the United States population yet statistics reveal that they are marginalized, oppressed and denied the resources and tools to change their family’s disposition and destiny.
Community Engagement – Create platforms for community learning and dialogue that explore the broad spectrum of perspectives, definitions and expectations of the Black family.
Local and National Philanthropic Partnerships – partner with local and national philanthropic institutions to make investments in programming that promotes healthy family interaction.
Research and Policy – Advocate for and promote public policy that positively impacts Black families.
Thought Leadership – Lead approaches that seek to change deeply held opinions of civic leaders and policymakers about the value and efficacy of Black families.