Personal ministry funds
Higher Ground Educational Scholarships
Amount needed: $ 13,500
Need by: June 30, 2020
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.
A scholarship is $1,500 per student and covers the cost of registration, monthly fees, and supplies.
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.
There are nine students in the program this school year (2019-2020)
New COVID cases has been on an upward trend for several weeks in Senegal. At the end of November, the country was experiencing 10-20 new cases a day. Over the last seven days there has been an average of 240 new cases. To date, there have been 25,895 confirmed cases with 617 deaths. 3,716 are in quarantine or treatment of which 37 are serious cases in intensive care. The remaining confirmed cases have been released. Thies is reporting 1,029 confirmed cases. That's 228 new cases in the last two weeks. (From sante.gouv.sn/Actualites, 11:30 AM GMT, 29 January 2021)
Hôpital Barthimée, a small Christian hospital provides quality health care in the midst of a 95% Muslim city of nearly 500,000 plus hundreds of surrounding villages.
At the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Phiri, Chief of Staff, said they didn't have the funds to purchase needed supplies or hire needed staff. Protective wear, oxygen, and simple ventilators were still available in Senegal, but the supply would soon be exhausted. The hospital needed three additional nurses per eight-hour shift (nurses earn about $17/day).
Our goal was to raise at least $20,000 to help Hôpital Barthimée weather this crisis and to love and care for people in the name of Jesus. So far, we've received about $7,200.
We’re asking God
for 5% of the Wolof and Peul people
to become disciples of Jesus
gathered into multiplying Kingdom Communities
in our generation.
This project helps us get the SenSahel Initiative off the ground. Your gift can help us:
- Form a consortium of churches to pray and fast for the Wolof and Peul people.
- Recruit volunteers and missionaries to join us in the work.
- Initiate projects to help us engage with people and invite them to discover God and His Work through discovery bible studies around the country.
Building Tomorrow Today Scholarships
Amount needed: $ 1,623
Need by: June 30, 2020
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 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 mostly 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 two students in need of a sponsor. To sponsor a specific child, please contact us at BTTF@gmail.com.
National Ministry Partner Support
Amount needed: $ 3,000
Need by: April 30, 2020
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.
The Oral Gospel for Oral Learners
Amount needed: $ 2,500
Need by: April 30, 2020
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 broadcasting the program five times a week.