Personal project fund
Building Tomorrow Today Scholarships
Amount needed: $ 10000.00
Need by: August 23, 2019
Project #: 664005
Young national Christians are the future of the church and the best hope for reaching this 99.9% M*sl*m people group with the Good News. Yet, their inability to read and write well is a significant liability. But public schools here are plagued with large class sizes, frequent teacher strikes, poor facilities, and large class sizes.
A great alternative is small, inexpensive private schools that already exist. The education is significantly better than in Senegal’s public schools, yet most parents simply cannot afford better schooling for their children. Many families spend 90% of their meager income on rent, food, and clothing, leaving little for medical needs and school expenses.
We are partnering with a national church to provide scholarships for the children of low-income Christians. At a very reasonable cost, we can help the small national church in this 95% Muslim country grow in intellectual, economic, and ministry capacity. The Church of Jesus Christ will be stronger tomorrow because of our investment in them today.
Please join our Building Tomorrow Today scholarship program. Scholarships cover school fees, basic supplies, and a school uniform.
We currently have four students in need of a sponsor. To sponsor a specific child, please contact us at BTTF@gmail.com.
n this sub-Saharan M*sl*m country, many villagers live with little financial margin and with few options to borrow or securely save for future needs. In a country where healthcare is relatively inexpensive (often $100-$300), vital medical needs such as minor surgery, prolonged treatment, or expensive medication can be a real hardship. Often times they forgo the needed surgery or only follow the recommended treatment as far as their financial resources allow. They may borrow as much as they can from friends and family yet still cannot afford the necessary care.
This fund provides financial assistance for those with critical medical needs.
Higher Ground Educational Scholarships
Amount needed: $ 5000.00
Need by: June 29, 2019
Project #: 663001
This scholarship program supports selected young adult Christians who have completed high school and qualify for a one-year training program that certifies them to teach in private and public pre-K and elementary schools. Successful completion of the year-long licensing program provides these students an opportunity for good employment in this sub-Saharan country and a way to be a positive witness among mostly M*sl*m students. The scholarship is $1,500 per student.
If you would like to sponsor a student for a year, you can make a one-time gift of $1500 or 12 monthly payments of $125, and we will send you the profile of your student. If that is more than you want to commit but would still like to help, feel free to make a smaller contribution and we will combine it with other smaller gifts to make a full scholarship.
National Ministry Partner Support
Amount needed: $ 5000.00
Need by: June 27, 2019
Project #: 662999
Working with the few national Christians in this unreached M*sl*m people group in West Africa is essential. Former M*sl*m national believers provide Converge missionaries invaluable insight into the culture, language, and religious practices of their own people. They model what an authentic Christian looks like in that people group and culture. As Converge missionaries and national Christians work together we display the multiethnic dimension of the body of Christ.
This fund provides support for mature national Christian missionaries who work with Converge missionaries. A culturally appropriate salary (approximately $450/month) is provided as well as funds to pay government expenses (e.g. taxes) and ministry and training expenses.
Hunger season is the period between the time village farmers have sold the last of their cash crop (peanuts) and small animals to buy food and the next harvest. The gap between these periods for poorer families is often three months (after a decent harvest), but can be much longer (after a poor harvest due to drought or insect invasion).
In the midst of the Hunger Season farmers must plant a new crop. Poorer farmers often have little money with which to buy seed to plant. Without sufficient seed poorer farmers will have a significantly reduced harvest and the cycle of poverty will only continue and deepen. The Staples of Love project provides a 100 lb bag of food staples (rice and/or millet) every two months during the hunger season for the poorest farmers who are struggling to feed their families. In addition, the project provides no-interest loans to farmers to buy peanut seed to plant which is paid back after harvest.
The Oral Gospel for Oral Learners
Amount needed: $ 5000.00
Need by: June 20, 2019
Project #: 662997
Most rural people in this M*sl*m people group in West Africa are functionally illiterate. A few may be able to read or write their name and a few words but cannot read a page of narrative from the Bible.
This project funds the development and distribution of resources to reach this segment of the population:
- Chronological Bible stories and books of the Bible are recorded on small, battery-powered mp3 players that recharge via a small solar panel on the back. These $25 players are purchased and given to M*sl*m friends with “ears to hear.”
- A series of 100 chronological Bible stories produced as 15-minute radio programs are broadcast on local radio reaching 125 villages and a town of 12,000 people. This fund pays for broadcast costs.
The number of trees in the Sahel region (band of Africa just south of the Sahara desert) is gradually decreasing. Villagers use trees for food, firewood for cooking, animal forage, and building materials. With hundreds of free-ranging sheep, goats, and chickens it is very difficult to protect saplings as they grow.
This project purchases material to make tree sapling protectors out of rebar and chicken wire. It also provides tools and materials for pruning village trees that can then be grafted to produce more and better fruit.