CSM has been hosting a Summer Soccer league and program for 8 years in Chattanooga. We recruit girls and boys from East Chattanooga, East Lake, and Alton Park to play on our soccer teams and take part in health education, team bible studies, and enter mentoring relationships with our Coaches.
We have the opportunity to create a video series with the topics Training Ground uses in its summer program. This would meet the need of additional revenue and impact.
In 2011, Relational Tithe began development on ‘Common Change’ - a web tool to facilitate collaborative giving amongst other groups. The spark has caught and now we are finally launching the platform that helps make this possibility accessible to hundreds and even thousands of people!
In 2005, compelled to action by their faith, a group of friends founded ‘Relational Tithe’, a collaborative giving plan that enabled them to pool resources and meet needs of people they were in relationship with. Fast forward 8 years and it is time to share this little experiment as a workable tool with the rest of the world.
In the years that Relational Tithe was in motion, we were able to touch the lives of over 1000 families and individuals in over 15 countries including Ghana, Cuba, Egypt, Syria, Mexico, Thailand, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, Costa Rica, Nigeria, Israel/Palestine and the United States. Over $500,000 has been given directly to people in need.
Trafficking is hell. 27 million slaves. 1.2 million trafficked each year. Sold for sex. Sold into slavery.
There are great organizations who rescue victims every day…but then what? How does a trafficking victim reintegrate into society?
In Moldova, one of the top exporters of sexually trafficked women, Beginning of Life offers a new chance at life through a specialized restoration home program. Together, we are establishing the Center for Self Defense to teach women how to protect their bodies from sexual violence.
Once operational, the Center will serve trafficking victims and other vulnerable women. Specifically, we will use self-defense training like mixed-martial arts to rebuild confidence, and develop inner strength.
Mostly, we want to make sure these women can literally fight sex trafficking if they have to. To stop sexual violence against their bodies, and to have the confidence in themselves.
Housed in the basement of a church in Chisinau, Moldova, the Center for Self-Defense is a joint project of Children’s HopeChest and Beginning of Life.
Help us stop sex trafficking, and empower women to protect their bodies and fight sexual violence.
By E4 Project
One of our ministry partners in Gabon is Bon Samaritan - a ministry that serves widows and marginalized women. E4 Project has served with this ministry in several ways. We have led training for the women to start businesses in beading, sewing, soap making, baking and agriculture. We have also provided seed money to the ministry so that they can build and provide kiosks for the women, as well as seed money for the women to start their businesses. Since E4 Project started serving alongside Bon Samaritan about two years ago, we have trained over 100 women. We have provided funds for about 8 kiosks that have been built and are now impacting over 70 women and their children by providing income for families who had nothing before finding Bon Samaritan and the Church.
Summit County (CO) has embraced “Project Cargo: Summit to South Africa”, a community effort that will provide a teaching, resource, and orphan intervention care facility that will eventually be moved to South Africa.
Our first initiatives started in December 2013 (securing the seed capital for the project). From May until August people in Summit County will put to work their Time, Talent and Treasure (T3’s) to convert and fill a standard 40’ shipping container that will become the cornerstone container of the 2,000+ sq.ft facility.
The container will be completely transformed with the installation of a fully functional kitchen, bathroom, and bunk-bed bedrooms.
A special mural design painted on the outside will add the final touch before loading the roof structure and resources needed to complete and operate the facility.
Upon arrival a two other containers, already on site, will be remodeled with construction materials shipped inside the Summit County container.
The recipient community secures the materials and labor needed for the foundations and brickwork needed to complete the multi purpose room between the two containers. The entire facility is then cover by a roof structure that is also shipped inside the Summit container.
Participants in Summit County will partner with the local community in October/Novermber 2013 to install the roof structure and the cutting of openings for the installation of windows and doors.
A local couple, Bill and Susan Weibel, from Breckenridge will oversee the various programs in partnership with the recipient community’s leadership, once the facility is completed.
Currently we have a need for an iMac, iPhone 5, and iPad. Our laptop is a MacBook dating from 2006, and has topped out being able to update software and for space.
Because we do not have the current OS, we cannot utilize IMessage, which allows texting from desktop or phone. We do significant text counseling, and to have it all work, it requires the current OS.
This means the iMac / iPhone 5 so we can keep our computer going, increase design options, and add the software that will get us current in design ability and communications. The phone is key so as to respond to text when not at the desk. With this system, the tests sync in real time. Critical in counseling.
The iPad is important for making presentations. All we can do not is hand a printed page and refer to our website.
Agape intends to build and maintain an aquaponics system that allows our ministry to raise high protein Tilapia fish and also deliver nutrient rich effluent water for growing vegetables. We will utilize the fish to enhance the protein component of the meals we serve the boys and girls we care for on our two campuses in Kisumu, Kenya. Additionally, the system will supply most of the vegetables we need to feed over 100 children.
Agape Children’s Ministry began rescuing street children 20 years ago with a simple purpose of sharing God’s love by providing these helpless, hopeless children with food, shelter, medical care, education, and vocational training. In a non-coercive way, we share the life-changing message of the Gospel with them because we know that as they experience His forgiveness in their lives, they can begin to forgive others for what has been done to them.
Agape currently maintains separate boys’ and girls’ campuses in Kisumu as well as a boys’ vocational training center in Matoso, Kenya. It is our plan to construct and operate this initial aquaponics system on the boys’ campus, our largest campus in Kisumu. Based upon its success, we envision developing systems on our other campuses as well.
While we take children off the streets and care for them on our campuses, our goal is to return and reintegrate them back into their families or extended families.
Many of you have been faithfully praying with us for the Lord to provide a property for the establishment of a local church and teaching, training and resource center. We thank you for those prayers, which were heard and were answered! In January of this year the Lord provided us with a property with 10 single family homes on it, 6 of which are occupied by foster parents caring for orphans, and a church/preschool building which we are operating the Naledi Christian Preschool and Sunday church services out of. The preschool is currently 32 3- and 4- year olds registered and has provided employment for five local women.
With a long-term home secure, we are now planning to expand the facilities used for the preschool, church, and teaching/training/resource center by adding a second, larger (2,000 sq. ft.) structure made largely out of cargo containers which will constitute the exterior load-bearing walls. Our hope is to have this second structure ready for use when the new school year starts in South Africa in January. We currently have two 6 meter cargo containers in South Africa which will make up one end wall. Plans are to receive a 12 meter container before year-end from our friends at Cargo Of Dreams, which will serve as the opposite load bearing wall and be built out to include the kitchen, bathrooms and a sickroom, and be filled with supplies and the roof trusses and roofing materials to cover the structure with.
Our Project…People with disabilities have the highest divorce and suicide rates in the country. Having a solid spiritual faith base and other believers to connect with can help in reducing these rates. Connecting people with disabilities to faith based support programs, churches, and other believers is critical.
But many people with disabilities find travel difficult. In the winter months some barely leave their homes. Other people are in group homes with no access to faith-based support. Many places of worship offer little access for those who are able to leave their homes desiring to meet with other believers.
Our ongoing project is to maintain and increase our online media to reach and impact a greater number of people with disabilities. Special Touch Ministry will provide strong online services that connect people with disabilities to churches, support programs and other believers, enlarging their network of support options.
Some of SFC’s current tools that need support are:
1. The “Trail map” – \ a “nearly exhaustive SFC leader’s handbook” that can help guide leaders, through the ins and outs of this unique ministry.
2. Website – SFC produces a website with listing for each chapter to promote current events along with a great number of other online resources.
3. Weekly Winter Word – Each week of the winter a new bible study, geared specifically towards the needs, problems of a snowboarder or skier, is released.
4. Video Library – The SFC international office is always updating a library of video resources that range from feature length films that can be used at outreach events to explanatory films aimed at connecting with the Church.
5. Gospels of John – Every chapter is equipped with a stack of paper copies of the Gospel of John, specially equipped with a challenge to snowboarders and skiers to pursue a life like that of Jesus.
6. Fundraising tools – Tthis season 2 chapters will be receiving a $500 grant to fund special projects to reach their community for Jesus.
7. Book Library – SFC is compiling a literally library of literary resources that address the specific challenges of leading a group of volunteers in reaching this special community for Christ.
8. Conferences –SFC International offices hosts 5 conferences to equip and encourage our leaders to continue fighting the good fight.
9. More…new resources just like these are added each year.
Our Spring Chickens project is designed to supply the needed chicks for our new poultry operation in Togo. In 2007, we established Kalaveria Primary School just outside a rural farming community near Badoughbe, which is 45 minutes east of the capital city of Lome’.
Unfortunately, the farmers in the area find it difficult to pay school fees to cover the costs of the school. Thus, the school requires subsidies from the our ministry. Our model is to create projects that are self-sustaining, so to make the school sustainable we are building a poultry operation.
We have secured two hectares of land adjacent to the school and are just finishing up the poultry barn. We have introduced a drip irrigation system to help with the crops and will be digging three water wells complete with new hand pumps. We are also planting corn and other vegetables on the land and have successfully harvested one season of crops.
The poultry operation and growing of crops will be manned by the school faculty and the students. The poultry operation will allow the children to learn animal husbandry, irrigation, and better farming methods, along with getting their products to market. The school will receive 100% of the profits and the children will learn the skills needed to provide for their families when they are adults.