Since 2017, Lydia’s Mission has served women and children living in poverty in eManzana, South Africa using a Christ-centered approach and economic self-sustaining ministry.

When COVID-19 struck, our mission was confronted with many challenges that we never could have anticipated or planned for. We pivoted the entire ministry to feeding and relief efforts to address a growing hunger crisis. This pivot included suspending our Sewing Project due to the South African border closing.

Today, Lydia’s Mission

A Note From Claire

It is hard to imagine a more challenging year than 2020. We’ve witnessed firsthand more difficult situations this year than I ever dreamed I’d see in my entire lifetime. From the continuing health crisis of COVID-19 to the social unrest and, of course, the resulting impact on our economy and our families. I’ll be honest, the day-to-day work of Lydia’s Mission has become so much harder.

The hunger, desperation, and death I see almost daily is a constant reminder of why I must remain on the mission field in South Africa, a country which is now in its worst economic decline in more than a century. We are seeing more and more people struggle with mental illness, hunger, starvation—and hopelessness.

However, there is much work still to be done to spread the Gospel and bring hope to the women suffering from generational poverty and the children experiencing chronic food insecurity.

Claire Brown

Empower a Woman. Impact Generations.

Lydia’s Mission empowers and teaches women skills in rural South Africa to feed, educate, and care for their children by earning a living wage. When a woman begins to grasp her value in Christ through discipleship and Biblical training, her life becomes the first ripple of hope… that will last for generations.