The Inner Excellence Freedom Project is a 501c3 non-profit charity created to serve the disadvantaged, especially widows and orphans, disabled and imprisoned family members around the world, by building self-sustainable communities.
Build one self-sustainable, life-changing community at a time
love, wisdom, courage, joy and freedom
In the summer of 1999 I (Jim Murphy) received a call from Major League Baseball International. They asked if I was interested in being the hitting coach for the South African National Team (baseball) for the Olympic Trials. I flew to Johannesburg, South Africa and it changed my life.
Our bat boy, Gift Ngoepe, was living in a part of the tool shed of our clubhouse, with his mother and little brother. At least they had brick walls, which is more than I can say for houses in Soweto, the township outside Joburg. I had never experienced poverty before, not this kind of poverty anyway. I vowed I would do something about it someday.
In Mexico I met the YWAM director, Tym Kemp, who is now the national director for Mexico. Tym said something that I never forgot. He said, “One of the biggest things that’s different when you live in poverty is a lack of choice. When we get sick, we go to the doctor. When our roof leaks, we call a roofer. When we need supplies, we go to home depot. Not when you live in poverty. You don’t have those options. There’s no freedom to go where you want to go, do what you want to do, or take care of yourself or your kids when they need care.
At our most recent YWAM Mexico Homes of Hope trip, when we finished the home, our lead foreman told the family (after the key ceremony), “Have a great life!” I thought, “What if instead of building one-off homes each year, where they go off on their own, we raised some money and built 10 homes; and they shared supplies and helped each other?”
To build one house, with electricity, small kitchen, bunk beds, and a locking door costs about $7,500. I thought, “What if I raised $75,000 and we built 10?” This question began a journey of meetings and mentors to sort out the best plan of action to do the most good and be most efficient with whatever resources we are given.
My sister Naomi has been one of the inspirations behind my drive to help the disadvantaged, especially the handicapped. She had a seizure when she was two, which damaged part of her brain, and she’s been a fighter ever since—well, a champion is more like it. She is I think the mentally toughest person I’ve ever met. She stays grateful in the midst of extremely difficult circumstances, day after day. Naomi is an incredible human, and has inspired me beyond measure.
The purpose of my life is to share God’s love, wisdom and courage with professional athletes and leaders around the world, so we can share it with the rest of the world.
The Inner Excellence Foundation Inc. (IXF) was created to help me carry out this mission.