We are pleased to announce our first grant to Transformation India Movement.
Thanks to your support, and nothing short of a miracle by Jesus, over 4,000 people will now have access to clean water via two water wells. In addition, over 3,800 people will hear the name of Jesus over the next year who have never heard his name before: Two church planters have been funded for a year: Vinod Kumar and Santhosh Kumar. And two water wells have been funded in the same regions they will be working in.
Jesus' Economy has been an emotional journey. In May 2012, God awoke me in the night with words: He cast the vision of creating jobs, planting churches, and meeting basic needs all at the same time, one developing world community at a time. God spoke about connecting entrepreneurs in the developing world to a global marketplace and connecting developing world church planters to donors. Today, I see that vision coming to be.
Today, I see our fair trade shop creating jobs. And I see our first grant to Transformation India Movement meeting basic needs and planting churches. And I see the beginnings of our empowering women program in Bihar, India, as we get closer to funding it.
Along the journey, I have shed tears over the difficulties of making all this real. We have felt financial strain and worked through building a team and then rebuilding it on several occasions, as always happens with start-ups. And I have seen the pain of poverty first hand in Bihar; and that is what has brought the most tears of all. (I have regularly said that I cannot rest until Bihar is renewed, and I mean it.)
Kalene and I have led this effort as volunteers, because we believe in it. (You can't walk away from Bihar and not take action.) Here at Jesus' Economy, we have stayed committed to each dollar you give going exactly where you designate. (Our first grant honors that promise.) And with your support and advocacy, we have all built something beautiful together.
From each post you have shared on your social networks, to each penny you have given, to each product you have purchased, you have made Jesus' Economy possible. Jesus' Economy belongs to all of us. And this first grant is all of our victory, but above that, it's Jesus' victory. This is his economy we're making real, by his grace. And being where we are, on our budget, is nothing short of a miracle. So let's praise Jesus today.
Today, I shed tears of joy in gratitude. And those tears give me fortitude to go on with this great effort. With you by my side, and Jesus as our ultimate advocate, I know we can do all things through him. Jesus gives strength. He will renew Bihar, India.
Together, we can alleviate extreme poverty and provide access to the gospel to those who have never heard Jesus' name. Together, we can make the world a better place.
Bihar, India's story has become part of my story. And I hope it has also become part of your story. We have an opportunity to renew hope, hearts, and homes. We have a chance to renew Bihar, India. Our work is not done, but has begun. Thank you for making that possible.
Please feel free to email me your thoughts or ways that you would like to get involved: I'm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love in Christ,
John D. Barry, CEO and Founder
In addition to telling you the stories about how our grants are used, and showing you photos to prove that the work is going on, we will post images of checks and/or transfer receipts. Here are the transfer receipts for our first grant.
It doesn't take much to empower someone in Bihar, India. Our first grant is for $7,431.20, which is broken down as:
Update (11/18/2014): The second water well that was funded provided 500 people with access to clean water, so less than we anticipated, but this well was desperately needed. More information coming soon.
Update (12/19/2014): The first water well that was funded provided 1,300 people with access to clean water, so also less than we anticipated, but this well was also desperately needed.
Update (03/04/2015): The precise impact stats related to our first grant are included in our 2014 Annual Report.