Tunde And Friends (TAFF) is dedicated to extending the love and message of Jesus Christ to the less privileged especially individuals and families affected by disabilities. As commissioned in Matthew 28:20 TAFF goes to “…all the world to preach the gospel to every creature . . . “. Including the neglected less privileged individuals, reaching out as commanded in Luke 14: to“… the highways, byways …” where the needy people are to befriend and love them with the love of Christ, care for and touch them with the compassion of Christ, and lead them to experience the grace of God that changes lives and destiny.
The governing board of Tunde And Friends Foundation (TAFF) was inaugurated on May 21, 1995. Before then we have been involved in helping individuals and families affected by disabilities to pick up the pieces of their lives left by the shattering effects of disabilities. From childhood I had always enjoyed helping people in any way I can, the Lord gave me more grace and ability to do these “acts of kindness” more meaningfully after my salvation in September 1975. Like “adopting” and helping Yohana and his brother Yakubu, two Gwari boys that were picking food from the trash at the Nigerian Air Force Officer Cadets’ mess where I lived in Kaduna, caring for them and sending them to school. My paraplegic friend Dennis, met him crawling on the streets in Markurdi, Benue State Nigeria, got him a locally fabricated wheelchair that he always wanted but couldn’t afford, helped with his rent sometimes, supported his professionally development to help him keep his job as a typist. The devastating effects of disabilities came closer home after the September 3, 1982 auto accident that left my lower limbs paralyzed, after then I understood the plights of the disabled better. Worked with a number of others to start and run the Spinal Cord Injuries Association of Nigeria (SCIAN), served on the National Council for the Disabled and got involved with organizations and individuals helping the growing ranks of the disabled.
The birth of TAFF afforded me and my friends to minister total care – body, soul and spirit – to individuals with disabilities and their families, letting them understand, receive and appropriate the grace of God that makes life worth the living despite their circumstances.
Who is my neighbor? "But in God’s order nothing can substitute for loving people. And we define who our neighbor is by our love. We make a neighbor of someone by caring for him or her. So we don’t first define a class of people who will be our neighbors and then select only them as the objects of our love - leaving the rest lie where they fall. Jesus deftly rejects the question “who is my neighbor?” and substitutes the only question really relevant here: 'To whom will I be a neighbor?' And he knows that we can only answer this question case by case as we go through our days. In the morning we cannot yet know who our neighbor will be that day. The condition of our hearts will determine who along the path turns out to be our neighbor, and our faith in God will largely determine whom we have the strength enough to make our neighbor." - Dallas Willard, the Divine Conspiracy, p. 111