Blessed To Be A Blessing
…otherwise known as BTBAB, was conceived in 1997 as a practical demonstration of God’s love to the poor & neglected in the developing world.
The work began initially when Femi Oni, its founder, went to Lithuania as part of a medical team with as part of an initiative of Mercy Ships (previously part of YWAM International). As Femi often said, in his own words:
“…that trip was supposed to be a one-off but when I got back home, I couldn’t shake off the images of the people & conditions I had seen when I was away. I felt constantly pulled back to go again and again and again. Whilst I first got the idea for BTBAB in 1997, it would take another 7yrs before it became fully operational. During those 7yrs, I served Marine Reach International (under its founders, David & Linda Cowie) whilst the vision grew (and formed) in my heart until it became fully birthed in 2004. In the process of time, God showed me that there were many people in His church who could preach with their mouth but few who could preach with their hands [action]…and that was enough for me because since then I have found that there are more people like me who long to express God’s love with their hands in the developing world!…some of them are qualified professionals whilst others are just simply people who are available to be used by God to transform communities with the love of Jesus…”
By 2001, it quickly became clear that BTBAB was not to be built around one man (i.e. Femi Oni). Instead it has become an inter-denominational Christian organisation expressing God’s love in a practical way in the developing world.