Our Mission

We believe in ending poverty through empowerment and opportunity.

While some organizations focus on one aspect of need in an impoverished community, we have a multifaceted approach that helps the whole person. Because poverty is complex, so are we.​ The combination of education, economic development, spiritual formation, and life development is impacting individuals and communities in transformative ways.

Since 2009, we have been been pioneering a bold new way to end poverty.

No more charity.
We’re ending poverty through
empowerment and opportunity.

More than a trillion dollars in aid has been poured into Africa in the last 50 years. And yet, extreme poverty remains one of the greatest challenges the continent faces. Now more than ever, it is time to switch our focus toward investing in the development of individuals within impoverished communities. After all, Africa’s greatest resource is her people.

53.8%

of South African population live below poverty line

383 MIL

Africans living in extreme poverty on less than $1.90 per day

40%

HIV/AIDS infection rate in certain areas of South Africa
Our People

The strength of our work lies in our multi-cultural staff, leadership, and directional teams. As diverse as we are, we share a deep passion to lead community transformation from the inside out.

Daniel Devine
USA

Daniel is committed to “helping people help themselves” through many social, philanthropic, and educational ventures. A well-recognized distance learning pioneer, Mr. Devine co-founded and led Compass Knowledge Group for almost 20 years creating the marketplace leader in serving the distance learning needs of top higher education institutions. He was named the Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year in the technology category, as well as other honors including the University of Florida Outstanding Service Award. Mr. Devine is a University of Florida Engineering graduate and completed the Harvard Business School 3-year Owner President Manager (OPM) Program. Mr. Devine currently serves on the boards of Esperanza International, a micro-finance organization based in the Dominican Republic, and Lighthouse Works which supports job growth for the visually impaired.

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Mike Etchison
USA

Michael develops various real estate investments throughout the world and his knowledge in economics and investment opportunities give Michael an edge in a variety of worldwide projects. A graduate from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 1969, he owned and managed a manufacturing company in Indiana for 20 years while also developing commercial properties. Michael has served on the boards of United Way and Salvation Army, and has served as Board Chairman of Great Commission Ministries for 17 years. Michael co-pastored two churches, was the chairman of the Muncie, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves as development manager for Grandstaff Development. Mike is married and has 7 children and 5 grandchildren.

Brian Grandstaff
USA

Brian began his career in commercial real estate in 1995. His firm, Millenia Partners, is a full service commercial real estate firm that advises its clients in sales & leasing as well as construction and development of retail and office properties. Millenia Partners has offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Orlando, Boca Raton, Miami Beach, and Naples, Florida. Brian graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1993 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance.  He serves on the board at Summit Church, Circle Christian School as well as Identity for Children, which works to provide forgotten children with protections and legal identity in third world countries. By far Brian’s favorite and most important job is Husband and Dad. He lives in Winter Park, Florida with his wife, Sarah, their five daughters and their niece.

Terry Hilliard
USA, SA, AUS

A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors of Science Degree, he worked for ten years in hospital networks and has start-up business experience from establishing four independent companies over the span of 20 years. He is also an ordained minister with over 15 years of experience in the local church. Terry and his wife Jeanenne left their lives in Florida in 2004 to bring global impact through international missions. This change led to extensive global experience, working in various settings throughout over 12 countries within Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central America with community development and church planting.  During his time, he was stirred by both the struggles and potential solutions of the extreme poor in the developing world. Terry is committed to developing holistic, sustainable Christ-centered solutions to meet the needs of impoverished communities in the developing world.

Renier Erasmus
SA

Renier was born and raised in South Africa and is a honors graduate of Cape Peninsula University, South Africa in Business Management. Renier served as programs manager for Metropolitan Evangelical Services (MES) in Johannesburg for six years, a community based Christian organization that initiates and facilitates activities to empower people holistically to live independent, sustainable lives.  Renier was responsible for programs addressing the needs of the poor in Johannesburg’s inner city homeless and unemployed, and focused on housing, health, education and training & job creation. Currently Renier is CEO / Director of Madulamoho Housing Association in Johannesburg, South Africa, which provides clean, safe, affordable and sustainable housing units in partnership with MES. Renier is married and has 2 lovely children.

Daniel Rossouw
SA

Daniel graduated with Honors from Global School of Theology with a BA in Theology.  After this, he spent 5 years as Associate Pastor at Faith Tabernacle Full Gospel Church in Bellville, South Africa.  Along with pastoring, Daniel has also gained experience as a Secondary School Maths teaching, Master Maths Centre Manager, and Project Officer for the Bible Society of South Africa.  In 2011, Daniel was appointed as Managing Director of a large South African non-profit organization specializing in uplifting poor communities through various holistic projects. Daniel is married to Therina and is also the proud parent of 2 lovely children.

Steve Flandorp
SA

Steve is the Senior Pastor of the Cape Gateway International church, which he planted 25 years ago with the relentless support of his wife and family. He is a graduate of the Cape Bible Training College. Currently, he is the President of a growing fellowship of over 22 churches South Africa. He is the Chairman of the Western Cape Movement Day – which includes hundreds of Inter-Denominational, Non-Denominational, Independent churches, businesses, and government leaders. Prior to his time as a pastor, he was the head of an investment initiative between the South African Government and Eskom (the Electric Utility Company). Today Steve continues mentoring many businessmen across Africa. Along with this, he is a director of a solar & renewable energy company, and is a guest lecturer at the University of the Western Cape on Ethics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Governance.

Jeremy Hilliard
AUS

It was on his first trip to several Southern African countries in 1997 where Jeremy saw firsthand the grasp of extreme poverty on people’s lives, and felt the personal call to do something about it.  Since that time, Jeremy has gained extensive experience in intercultural communications and development, and has worked in areas of community development and church planting in nearly a dozen countries throughout Africa and Asia. Along with ministry experience in the US and Australia, he has worked and led businesses in both the nonprofit and business sectors. Jeremy is passionate about people reaching their full potential and bringing hope to their lives and communities. He graduated from Crown College with a Bachelor’s in Christian Ministry.  Without a doubt though, his great love is his wife Bridget and 3 adventurous boys.

Bridget Hilliard
AUS

In 1999 Bridget spent two months with poverty-stricken communities in South America, and saw the immense possibilities within people to overcome extreme poverty. She then spent over 10 years in international ministry, and has worked in areas of community development, church planting, vulnerable children, music, and the arts.  She has served poor communities with various NGOs throughout South America, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. Over the years, she has launched small businesses, Christian ministries, and churches. Bridget is passionate about community development and reaching out to the whole family unit with effective and compassionate Christ-centered initiatives.

Tim Lovell
AUS

Tim Lovell is the lead pastor of the GoodLife Community Church in Buderim, Queensland, Australia. He has served in this capacity since 2005 and prior to that he served Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, Colorado, USA for a period of 18 years. Tim has been married since 1989 and has two adult children. Tim has a deep love for the kingdom work of God expressed in local community. He believes in the practical implementation of the Word of God, the Bible, in everyday life to effect change and facilitate life in individuals, families and communities. He has had the opportunity to share with pastors and community developers in the USA, Australia, Myanmar, the Solomon Islands and Colombia. His interests range from recreational sports and surfing to music and travel.

Terry Hilliard
Founder / Managing Director

A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors of Science Degree, he worked for ten years in hospital networks and has start-up business experience from establishing four independent companies over the span of 20 years. He is also an ordained minister with over 15 years of experience in the local church. Terry and his wife Jeanenne left their lives in Florida in 2004 to bring global impact through international missions. This change led to extensive global experience, working in various settings throughout over 12 countries within Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central America with community development and church planting.  During his time, he was stirred by both the struggles and potential solutions of the extreme poor in the developing world. Terry is committed to developing holistic, sustainable Christ-centered solutions to meet the needs of impoverished communities in the developing world.

Jeanenne Hilliard
Founder

It was through early stories of missionaries in the developing world that Jeanenne first started to feel the calling to engage with the poorest of the poor. Jeanenne is a registered nurse, serving in the medical profession for over 6 years, and worked in elementary and high school education for 20 years. Along with her husband, she has led teams to a number of countries focusing on community development, church planting, primary healthcare, and work with vulnerable youth. She has worked alongside NGOs in India, Thailand, Uganda, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, South Africa, and Zambia. Jeanenne is passionate about caring for the poor, especially young adults, holistically on both physical and Christ-centered levels.

Bridget Hilliard
Founder

In 1999 Bridget spent two months with poverty-stricken communities in South America, and saw the immense possibilities within people to overcome extreme poverty. She then spent over 10 years in international aid work and ministry, and has worked in areas of community development, church planting, vulnerable children, as well as music and the arts.  She has served poor communities with various NGOs throughout South America, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. Over the years, she has launched small businesses, Christian ministries, and churches. Bridget is passionate about community development and reaching out to the whole family unit with effective and compassionate Christ-centered initiatives.

Jeremy Hilliard
Founder / Strategic Development Director

It was on his first trip to several Southern African countries in 1997 where Jeremy saw firsthand the grasp of extreme poverty on people’s lives, and felt the personal call to do something about it.  Since that time, Jeremy has gained extensive experience in intercultural communications and development, and has worked in areas of community development and church planting in nearly a dozen countries throughout Africa and Asia. Along with ministry experience in the US and Australia, he has worked and led businesses in both the nonprofit and business sectors. Jeremy is passionate about people reaching their full potential and bringing hope to their lives and communities. Jeremy graduated from Crown College with a Bachelor’s in Christian Ministry.