The journey began in 2006 when founders Pat and Jennifer Hembree embarked on their first mission trip together to the country of Albania known as the poorest country in Europe. Little did they know that this was simply the first step towards God’s bigger purpose and plan. Soon, they would take a leap of faith that would change their lives and the future of others here and abroad forever through the launching of Legacies & Miracles in 2010.
Why We Are HereThe vision behind Legacies & Miracles rests in our first-hand experience to see how God desires to work through people’s lives to share His love and profoundly change the course of another person’s life for His glory. Our goal is to give opportunities to leave a legacy of faith to future generations by helping children reach their God-given potential.
MissionMotivated by our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, we serve as “ambassadors for Christ” to help strengthen the future of children who otherwise would not have an opportunity to go to school and learn productive life skills. We give the most vulnerable children and their families a hope for the future by providing for their basic needs, education, and partnering with churches and individuals to encourage spiritual transformation. In conjunction with education, we help the students discover their God-given abilities and recognize that they are created for a purpose.
As Jesus went throuout the countryside preaching and teaching, many people began to follow him. We are told in Matthew 14:14 that “When he landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed the sick.” Then again, when encountering a large crowd, John records in Chapter 6 that Jesus asked his disciples “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat”. Of course He did this testing His disciples as He knew what He was about to do. Jesus then took five loaves of bread and two small fish and multiplied them miraculously to feed the entire group of 5000 people and even collected 12 baskets full of left over pieces.
The over arching reason for Jesus’ ministry on earth was to testify to the truth, lead all men to a saving knowledge of Himself, and ultimately be crucified for our sins; he met the needs of each individual with love and compassion as he carried out His purpose and His plan.
While the immediate need that Legacies and Miracles seeks to meet on an individual basis is centered around providing quality education for those who otherwise could not attend a public or private school, the overarching vision is to spread the love of Christ and share the message of salvation with each program recipient who in turn will have the opportunity to carry the Gospel Message to countless others as they become successful in life and share their amazing story.
in John chapter 9, we read that Jesus and his disciples came across a man who had been blind from birth. His disciples asked him…”Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus responded “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,… but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life”.
The overall vision and purpose for the Legacies and Miracles foundation is to meet the education needs of each recipient so that the “Work of God might be displayed” in his or her individual life. Jesus tells us in Matthew 25:40…“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Legacies and Miracles, Inc. seeks to fullfill this call and glorify God by changing the world one life at a time.
Compassion:First and foremost, we are inspired by the example Jesus gave us to meet
the needs of the “least of these” and demonstrate His unconditional love for all people through our sponsorship of children in need who have a desire to overcome their circumstances and live a victorious life in Christ. We serve as His conduit of love.