The mission of LEAD has flourished through dynamic partnerships with affiliates in North America and Liberia. We are grateful for the vision, commitment and support of each of our affiliates.
Partners Worldwide is a faith-based, non-profit, international partnership of business and professional people. Partners Worldwide works to alleviate poverty through job creation and business partnerships.
Since it was founded in 2005, LEAD has been an affiliate of Partners Worldwide, receiving support from Partners in developing its staff, program organizational capcity and capital assets. As LEAD becomes increasingly established, this relationship has continued to grow and take new forms.
Partners is currently working with LEAD to establish a mentor network that will link North American business owners with entrepreneurs in Liberia. Additionally, Partners Worldwide works closely with LEAD North America, and helps to facilitate its relationship with LEAD.
LEAD Inc. was established at Providence Baptist Church following two decades of political unrest and violence in Liberia which destroyed the economic infrastructure. At that time, Rev. Dr. Sam Reeves was returning to Providence after serving for many years at Madison Square Church (see LEAD North America, below), in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
At that time, Rev. Reeves met with various business owners from Providence to establish an NGO that would serve Liberian business owners as they struggled to rebuild the Liberian economy. LEAD was incorporated independently from the church, and designed to be a separate entity which would eventually serve the entire nation of Liberia, not only church members.
Providence continues to play a key role in shaping LEAD's growth, building up its organizational capacity, and providing office space for the National Office.
Providence Baptist Church is a historical landmark and the oldest church in Liberia, having been founded by Liberian settlers in 1822.
Read more about Providence Baptist Church here.
LEAD Grand Rapids (formerly known as the Nehemiah Liberia Group) is a group of Christian business owners based at Madison Square Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
LEAD Grand Rapids has been a partner of LEAD through Partners Worldwide (see above) since it was founded in 2005, when Madison Church's then-pastor Rev. Reeves accepted a call to return to Liberia to pastor Providence Baptist Church. Since that time, LEAD Grand Rapids has walked beside LEAD, supporting and contributing to its growth on many levels, including prayer, encouragement, and the exchange of visitors, communication and culture.
Please contact Partners Worldwide (see above) for more information. □