Simply put, the Jesus' Economy financial model is 100% to the Developing World. Every single dollar you donate goes exactly where you designate. For example, if you give $100 to planting churches in India, your full $100 goes to India and will be used only for planting churches. We raise our U.S. costs separately from developing world projects. We even prove our 100% model via grant receipts and field reports.

Together, we're renewing an extremely impoverished area of the world and sharing the love of Jesus with those who previously had never even heard his name. Together, we're renewing Bihar, India.

Proving It with Grant Receipts

Here are the details of the fourth and fifth installments of our grant to our partner in Northeast India for our Renew Bihar, India project.

These grant installments were issued to our partner in Northeast India, Transformation India Movement. In everything we do, partnership is the key and Transformation India Movement has allowed for us to execute our work in India through indigenous leaders. Our work in India is led by, ran by, and executed by people from India.

Grant Receipt: Fifth Installment

Fifth Installment Grant Details

The fifth installment of our grant for the Renew Bihar, India project was issued in the amount of $11,762.40. This grant covered the costs of:

    • $900 for a New Water Well.
    • $2,715.60 for funding Church Planting Efforts Santhosh for his fifth year of sponsorship.
      • $2,316 ($193 per month) for the church planter's direct costs, including salary, medical fund, retirement fund, travel costs, and annual Christmas gift
      • $399.60 ($33.30 per month) for administrative and training support in Bihar of Santhosh's efforts
    • $2,715.60 for funding Church Planting Efforts by Veer for the fifth year of sponsorship for his region.
      • $2,316 ($193 per month) for the church planter's direct costs, including salary, medical fund, retirement fund, travel costs, and annual Christmas gift
      • $399.60 ($33.30 per month) for administrative and training support in Bihar of Veer's efforts
    • $2,715.60 for funding Church Planting Efforts by Rahul for his third year of sponsorship.
      • $2,316 ($193 per month) for the church planter's direct costs, including salary, medical fund, retirement fund, travel costs, and annual Christmas gift
      • $399.60 ($33.30 per month) for administrative and training support in Bihar of Rahul's efforts
    • $2,715.60 for funding Church Planting Efforts by Advik for his third year of sponsorship.
      • $2,316 ($193 per month) for the church planter's direct costs, including salary, medical fund, retirement fund, travel costs, and annual Christmas gift
      • $399.60 ($33.30 per month) for administrative and training support in Bihar of Advik's efforts

A portion of the granted funds for church planting efforts by Santhosh and Veer will be utilized for training local Christian leaders since both planters are now partially supported by the self-sacrificial giving of people in their churches. The church is growing so rapidly in Bihar that these types of training initiatives are absolutely essential.

Grant Receipt: Fourth Installment

 

Fourth Installment Grant Details

The fourth installment of our grant for the Renew Bihar, India project was issued in the amount of $13,562.40. This grant covered the costs of:

    • $2,700 for Three New Water Wells at the cost of $900 per water well.
    • $2,715.60 for funding Church Planting Efforts Santhosh for his fourth year of sponsorship.
      • $2,316 ($193 per month) for the church planter's direct costs, including salary, medical fund, retirement fund, travel costs, and annual Christmas gift
      • $399.60 ($33.30 per month) for administrative and training support in Bihar of Santhosh's efforts
    • $2,715.60 for funding Church Planting Efforts by Veer for the fourth year of sponsorship for his region.
      • $2,316 ($193 per month) for the church planter's direct costs, including salary, medical fund, retirement fund, travel costs, and annual Christmas gift
      • $399.60 ($33.30 per month) for administrative and training support in Bihar of Veer's efforts
    • $2,715.60 for funding Church Planting Efforts by Rahul for his second year of sponsorship.
      • $2,316 ($193 per month) for the church planter's direct costs, including salary, medical fund, retirement fund, travel costs, and annual Christmas gift
      • $399.60 ($33.30 per month) for administrative and training support in Bihar of Rahul's efforts
    • $2,715.60 for funding Church Planting Efforts by Advik for his second year of sponsorship.
      • $2,316 ($193 per month) for the church planter's direct costs, including salary, medical fund, retirement fund, travel costs, and annual Christmas gift
      • $399.60 ($33.30 per month) for administrative and training support in Bihar of Advik's efforts

Proving It with Field Reports

We have already issued field reports related to the fourth grant installment and will be publishing more updates soon about our fifth grant installment. View the church planting field reports here and the water well reports here. The administrative support per planter, detailed above, helps cover the costs of our partner in India generating the initial versions of these reports. It also allows for our partner to visit each church planter and offer them ongoing mentorship, accountability, and training. Furthermore, it allows for our partner to facilitate everything organizationally needed for a church planting effort, such as bookkeeping and issuing paychecks and reimbursements.

Thank You: You Made This Possible

Thank you to each of you who have supported the Renew Bihar, India project. You have made this possible. Together, we can make the world a better place and you're proving that with your giving.

Simply put, the Jesus' Economy financial model is 100% to the Developing World. Every single dollar you donate goes exactly where you designate. For example, if you give $100 to planting churches in India, your full $100 goes to India and will be used only for planting churches. We raise our U.S. costs separately from developing world projects. We then go one step further by being completely financially transparent. We even prove our 100% model via grant receipts and field reports.

Proving It with Grant Receipts

Here are the details of the third installment of our grant to our partner in Northeast India for our Renew Bihar, India project.

Grant Receipt

This grant was issued to our partner in Northeast India, Transformation India Movement. In everything we do, partnership is the key and Transformation India Movement has allowed for us to execute our work in India through indigenous leaders. Our work in India is led by, ran by, and executed by people from India.

Grant Details

The third installment of our grant for the Renew Bihar, India project was issued in the amount of $11,062.40. This grant covered the costs of:

    • $2,715.60 for funding Church Planter Santhosh for his third year of sponsorship.
      • $2,316 ($193 per month) for the church planter's direct costs, including salary, medical fund, retirement fund, travel costs, and annual Christmas gift
      • $399.60 ($33.30 per month) for administrative and training support in Bihar of Santhosh's efforts
    • $2,715.60 for funding Church Planting Efforts by Veer for the third year of sponsorship for his region.
      • $2,316 ($193 per month) for the church planter's direct costs, including salary, medical fund, retirement fund, travel costs, and annual Christmas gift
      • $399.60 ($33.30 per month) for administrative and training support in Bihar of Veer's efforts
    • $2,715.60 for funding Church Planting Efforts by Rahul for his first year of sponsorship.
      • $2,316 ($193 per month) for the church planter's direct costs, including salary, medical fund, retirement fund, travel costs, and annual Christmas gift
      • $399.60 ($33.30 per month) for administrative and training support in Bihar of Rahul's efforts
    • $2,715.60 for funding Church Planting Efforts by Advik for his first year of sponsorship.
      • $2,316 ($193 per month) for the church planter's direct costs, including salary, medical fund, retirement fund, travel costs, and annual Christmas gift
      • $399.60 ($33.30 per month) for administrative and training support in Bihar of Advik's efforts
    • $200 for funding two bicycles for church planters Rahul and Advik to use for transportation between villages.

    Proving It with Field Reports

    We have already issued the field reports related to this grant. View the church planting field reports here. The administrative support per planter, detailed above, helps cover the costs of our partner in India generating the initial versions of these reports. It also allows for our partner to visit each church planter and offer them ongoing mentorship, accountability, and training. Furthermore, it allows for our partner to facilitate everything organizationally needed for a church planting effort, such as bookkeeping and issuing paychecks and reimbursements.

    Thank You: You Made This Possible

    Thank you to each of you who have supported the Renew Bihar, India project. You have made this possible.

    Create Churches in Bihar

     

    Simply put, the Jesus' Economy financial model is 100% to the Developing World. Every single dollar you donate goes exactly where you designate. For example, if you give $100 to planting churches in India, your full $100 goes to India and will be used only for planting churches. We raise our U.S. costs separately from developing world projects. We then go one step further by being completely financially transparent. We even prove our 100% model via grant receipts.

    Proving It with Grant Receipts

    Here are the details of the second installment of our grant to our partner in Northeast India for our Renew Bihar, India project.

    Grant Receipt

    This grant was issued to our partner in Northeast India, Transformation India Movement. In everything we do, partnership is the key and Transformation India Movement has allowed for us to execute our work in India through indigenous leaders. Our work in India is led by, ran by, and executed by people from India.

    Grant Details

    The second installment of our grant for the Renew Bihar, India project was issued in the amount of $7,431.20. This grant covered the costs of:

    • $1,000 for drilling our Third Water Well
    • $1,000 for drilling our Fourth Water Well
    • $2,715.60 for funding Church Planter Santhosh for his second year of sponsorship
      • $2,316 ($193 per month) for the church planter's direct costs, including salary, medical fund, retirement fund, travel costs, and annual Christmas gift
      • $399.60 ($33.30 per month) for administrative support in Bihar of Santhosh's efforts
    • $2,715.60 for funding Church Planting Efforts by Vinod and now Veer (who took over planting efforts in Vinod's region).
      • $2,316 ($193 per month) for the church planter's direct costs, including salary, medical fund, retirement fund, travel costs, and annual Christmas gift
      • $399.60 ($33.30 per month) for administrative support in Bihar of Vinod and Veer's efforts

    Proving It with Field Reports

    We have already issued the field reports related to this grant. View the water well field reports here. View the church planting field reports here. The administrative support per planter, detailed above, helps cover the costs of our partner in India generating the initial versions of these reports. It also allows for our partner to visit each church planter and offer them ongoing mentorship, accountability, and training. Furthermore, it allows for our partner to facilitate everything organizationally needed for a church planting effort, such as bookkeeping and issuing paychecks and reimbursements.

    Thank You: You Made This Possible

    Thank you to each of you who have supported the Renew Bihar, India project. You have made this possible.

    Renew Bihar, India

     

    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.

    The Journey of Jesus' Economy: My Letter to You

    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 john@jesuseconomy.org.

    Love in Christ,

    John D. Barry, CEO and Founder

    Proving It: Grant Receipts

    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.

    Join the Movement: Renew Bihar, India

    It doesn't take much to empower someone in Bihar, India. Our first grant is for $7,431.20, which is broken down as:

    • $2,000 to Two Water Wells (to be drilled in the same villages reached by the church planters).
    • $799.20 to Two Church Planter Administrative Support Funds—for One Year Per Church Planter
    • $4,632 to Two Church Planter Salaries (whose names have been previously chosen and discussed)—for One Year Per Church Planter

     

    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.