Our People

emmanuelEmmanuel (Asia Project Leader)

Emmanuel trains pastors and emerging leaders throughout Asia in the Bible, discipleship and spiritual life. He lives with his family in South Asia and is relentless in his passion to set people free from the bondage of slavery and reintegrated in life. He continually gives from his own resources to set people free, and invests all his time and energy in building and supporting the local church. Learn more about Emmanuel or email him directly at emmanuel@freeslaves.org

Screenshot 2015-08-17 20.13Geoff  | Project Coordinator

I’m a writer, speaker and Bible software designer. I manage the online aspects of the freeslaves.org project and work with a network of churches in South Asia. My heart is to see all believers set free, discipled, equipped and empowered.

I’ve written the full story of how the freeslaves project came into being below. You can contact me at geoff@freeslaves.org

Our Story

I (Geoff) have been working with Emmanuel in South Asia since 2013, when he began work on translating the One with Christ Bible study series.  I visited Emmanuel that year and spent a week speaking at different venues to Church leaders, teaching and encouraging them in what is a difficult spiritual environment. I was really touched by the heart of the people and their hunger for God as well as their need, both spiritually and physically. Over that one short week, a seed of compassion was sown in my heart. 

A number of months later, I was worshiping God and during this time I said “Lord, I just want to be like Mary and wash your feet.” Jesus replied in a small, quiet thought: “If you want to wash my feet then for you the people of South Asia are my feet”. From that point on we decided to invest more heavily in and focus most of our giving there as a way of costly worship. We have been giving and God has been gracious to provide for us and through us. After some severe flooding which left a lot of people in desperate need, I told God that I would love to be able to give more. He gave me a quick vision of a jar of oil, reminisce of the widow of Zarephath’s jar. It had just a thin layer of oil at the bottom. He said to me “Pour out what you have and I’ll fill it back up.” So we immediately gave more and were rapt to hear of the stories of how the money we gave arrived just in time for so many people in critical need. However, that month we had $3800 of bills to pay and no way to pay it.

God had spoken to us a long time ago that we were never to ask others for money to help with our personal expenses. We had to trust solely in God that He would always keep His promise to be our Provider. This time was no different. A week before our bills were due, I received a phone call and a person said “I’ve sold a house and I’m going to put $4000 into your bank account tonight.” Through that person God kept His word. He has never let us down or failed to provide for us, no matter how much we give. He has always given us everything we need.

The Catalyst

Last year when Shazad and Shama Bibi were burned alive, God gave us a burden to see slaves set free. So Emmanuel and I started the Facebook page and we joined with some friends to pay off the debts of slaves and restore them to freedom. We also helped to get some of these people started in business, provided food, and helped with medical costs.

The next step has been to start this website. We are hoping that as we get the systems in place, more people will be able to join with us and set a family free. If every Christian family set just one family free, there would be no more slavery in South Asia. To keep people out of slavery, our hope is to start a medical loan fund that people can borrow money from us rather than returning to the kilns. We are also starting schools to educate the children and create a future for them.

Small Beginnings

IMG_2859This is one of the first families we set free from slavery. Since being set free, one of the daughters has returned to the kiln to minister to children. The father also returns to help to disciple believers in the kiln in the evenings.

I will always remember these people as the living fruit of our worship. These are the broken, the poor, the vulnerable, the captive and oppressed. These are the ones to whom the kingdom of heaven is given. We do not help them out of a sense of pity, but out of privilege. The honor is ours to serve those so highly esteemed in Heaven’s eyes.

So for us, the freeslaves project began with the realization that worship is more than a song. It is a life of sacrificial love. It is God’s heart in action. We’d love it if you wanted to join us in this worship. So if you can feel your heart beating and would like to set God’s people free from their slavery, please get in touch. We can’t wait to hear from you.