Our Story

Since our inception in 2007, 127 Worldwide has learned a lot through trial and error, we’re more confident than ever in our model, but still have a lot left to learn

Our Story

Since our founding in 2011, 127 Worldwide has learned a lot through trial and error, we’re more confident than ever in our model, but still have a lot left to learn.

It started under a tree...

The seeds of 127 Worldwide sprouted underneath an avocado tree in Kenya in 2007, and now the ministry is producing fruit all around the world.

After a year of emails pinging between continents, Sara Beth Fentress, founder of 127, and Rose Bugusu, finally met in person. This quick friendship immediately turned into a larger dream for partnership with local leaders who were in the throes of caring for the most vulnerable around the world.

In 2011, 127 Worldwide officially launched as a nonprofit with a vision to empower vulnerable communities by joining in on the efforts of local ministry leaders. Partnership with Rose multiplied into partnership with other leaders from East Africa to Central America and 127 began working to understand how God could use their collaboration to mobilize the global church. It soon became apparent that 127 played a facilitation role, bridging the gap between western Christians who wanted to care for vulnerable communities and the local leaders who were actively doing so.
James 1:27 has been a pivotal text from the very beginning of 127’s mission and vision, with 1 Corinthians 12 quickly emerging as an equally central passage to 127’s methodology. Our team quickly realized that Christians all over the world should and could care for the orphan, the widow, the impoverished, and the disenfranchised by operating as the global church comprising many parts with different gifts. 127 is convinced that together, believers can empower vulnerable communities to flourish in ways that the church could not if working separately. As an organization, 127 exists to help the most vulnerable by connecting and equipping the Church in the West to partner effectively with local leaders serving in vulnerable communities around the world. 

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"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27