We are interested in hearing from gospel partners who would genuinely like to encourage and support the gospel message and mission of this ministry, whether that might be through sponsorship of Sheba Restorers, partnership, prayer, or getting involved through organizing fundraising events in support of our mission.

Historically, charitable fundraising efforts have tended to promote denigrating images of children suffering. Many have argued that these images take advantage of the poor. Jesus made no demarcation between how he treated the economically poor and those economically rich but spiritually poor, other than to assert that the poor would always be with us.

Could it be then, that societal ongoing cycles of material scarcity, might have some connection to the human disposition of spiritual poverty? God’s amazing Covenant of Jubilee with the Israelites addressed this problem of scarcity as we read in Deuteronomy 15:1-2

“At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release of debts.And this is the form of the release: Every creditor who has lent anything to his neighbor shall release it; he shall not require it of his neighbor or his brother, because it is called the Lord’s release.

Foreshadowing Jesus’ rebuke to Judas about his feigned concern towards the poor―”For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.” (John 12:8)―we read again in Deuteronomy 15:9-11:

Beware lest there be a wicked thought in your heart, saying, ‘The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand,’ and your eye be evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing, and he cry out to the Lord against you, and it become sin among you. 10 You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand. 11 For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.’

Jesus is not suggesting that we should disregard the poor, on the contrary, in the context of Deuteronomy 15, we see how the motives of our own hearts like Judas can fail us. We also see that this failure of leadership is bound up with the extreme spiritual poverty, exemplified by the hardened hearts of the Pharisees. The Israelite leaders failed to listen to God, who in his infinite wisdom and mercy had commanded Jubilee (yobel) to protect the poor; and in turn, this disobedience impacted upon their own ability to flourish as a nation (see also Leviticus 25:8-55). God does not require partial obedience from his people, he requires our full attention, for then as he tells us in the opening chapter of Isaiah:

If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land;But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. (Isaiah 1:19-20)

The good news, we proclaim to you today is this: the accepted time of release (shmita) is now. Now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation. Now is the acceptable year of the Lord’s favour: Jesus is our Jubilee!

We are intentional in our ministry with individuals and communities, working across boundaries of disregard and disrespect, regardless of socio-economic context. We represent all communities with, dignity, compassion and respect.

In the past we have received funding from (The Community Development Foundation, UK) and have delivered short courses in faith-based community development, community leadership, and community-based research for women from the Horn of Africa diaspora, here in the UK. Beauty 4 Ashes Development Foundation have also partnered with Kale Heywet Church in support of their ministry and orphanages in Bahir Dar (Northern Ethiopia).

In every human Breast, God has implanted a Principle, which we call Love of Freedom; it is impatient of Oppression, and pants for Deliverance.

Phillis Wheatley

From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.―Zephaniah 3:10

As an Educationalist, Claudette has designed and developed training courses, modules, and resources for various professional bodies that have included churches, community based organisations, Local Government, the Metropolitan Police, and the London Diocese. She has also served as External Examiner for postgraduate course programmes in Youth & Community Work and Education in various University settings.

Emperor Haile Selassie and Sylvia Pankhurst at the opening of the Princess Tsehai Memorial Hospital in her memory– Photograph gifted to Dr Claudette Carr from Dr Alula Pankhurst, private collection.

Our work is informed by diagnostic assessment and encourages a participatory approach to decision-making and community based research. Community work involves an ethical engagement with different community groups and individuals from ones own personal identity and background. At all times we engage communities with compassion, respect and dignity, seeking the consent of all participants and organisations, preserving anonymity, whenever requested. Grounded in historic Christianity and biblical precepts of justice, reconciliation, liberation, regeneration, oppression, truth, love, freedom, and beauty, our work is prayerfully guided by the holy spirit and informed by a theologically reflective model of praxis. We are deeply committed to the principle of Parrhesia in proclaiming the good news of the gospel.

Contact us, we would be delighted to hear from you!