Since the launch of Common Change, we have been working to empower new groups of friends scattered around the world, to give and present needs to their community. One of the ways we feel we can help jump-start those groups is to seed their group find, which in turn will be given to people in need with whom members of that group are in relationship.
Mexico Missions Special Support Fund
A second-generation missionary who pastors a church in Ciudad Victoria, with a second work in Juan Rincon and a youth camp in Padilla (all in Tamaulipas, MX), is in need of a 15-passenger van to replace his vehicle which has a blown engine and other problems that make it beyond reasonable repair. Few if any, of the people who attend local Mexican churches have transportation and so must walk or be picked up by the church. With his other areas of ministry, the need for a van is even greater.
The Mexican Government requires the van to be close to 10 years old. The current cost to nationalize a vehicle is $1600.00-$2000.00. The estimated cost for this project is $10,000.00.
This project consists of and 8 part video series centered around the topics Training Ground offers in it’s summer class. It will be a resource for small group leaders of college aged young men. We have been teaching these classes now for 7 years. Some of our teachers include John Eldredge, Gary Barkalow, and Jan Myers Proett. Our topics range from scripture interpretation, to God’s call on your life, to wrestling with pornography.
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.
Build Me a World
You have heard the old stories about the inner city. They are endlessly detailed in news reports and funerals.
Fancy Rhino released the Build Me a World documentary, last year to citywide acclaim, chronicling the lives of the Howard School students in Chattanooga, the first black public school in the South: a story of pain, struggle, disappointment, frustration and glimmer of hope.
The BMW movement, in response to the film, is committed to using the old material, redeeming that story and creating new stories in the lives of the same inner city youth.
It’s now time to create the new ones, stories of hope, redemption and leadership.
The proposed project is a community studio in the heart of the city, two blocks away from the public library, equipped with a state of the art recording suite, both video and audio, trained facilitators in digital story telling process, all co-located in the Fancy Rhino downtown design studios.
Snowboarders and Skiers for Christ USA
This January, Snowboarders and Skiers for Christ (SFC) will be holding four conferences around the United States to equip and encourage chapter leaders in each of our four regions. These weekend-long, regional gatherings provide the much needed face-to-face contact that is required to a building a trust-filled, effective ministry. They are also a great outlet to introduce newly interested, potential chapter leaders to the mission and vision of SFC. The locations will tentatively include: Michigian, New Hampshire, Montana, and California.