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.

    Jesus' Economy model wearing aluminum cuff bracelet

    I regularly wonder if I truly love people. Am I living the entire message of the gospel or just part of it? I think this is one of the most important question Christians should ask.

    If I don’t have an income, how will I have time to do anything but survive? If I suffer each day from malnutrition or waterborne illnesses, how will I have time to do anything but pray for salvation from my situation? I may want to serve "the one who saves" but it will be very difficult for me to do so if I am praying for salvation from my daily circumstances.

    Living Holistic Community Development

    The idea of truly loving people is why we here at Jesus’ Economy have a holistic model. In each developing world community we serve, we address business issues, spiritual problems, and the needs of a community. We do this through church grants, microloans, and the meeting of basic needs. Our church planters also engage directly with those receiving microloans and business training. This allows for us to bring biblical ethics into business to alleviate corruption.

    In addition, we create jobs by providing an online fair trade shop. Through our shop, we not only buy products from artisans from around the world, we also buy products from the people receiving microloans through our holistic projects. We complete the economic cycle by also becoming the guaranteed buyer.

    See the Full-Size Infographic about our Holistic Model

    This Idea Could Change Our Entire World

    I often wonder if we all practiced loving a whole person, not just their need, how our world would change? And I am not just talking about you donating to Jesus' Economy here; I am talking about truly engaging in relationship with other people, to empower them to overcome the spiritual (a lack of living fully for Jesus) and physical poverty (a lack of resources and access to them) they're facing.

    The Holistic Model in Practice in Bihar, India

    In the instance of our Renew Bihar, India project, we're practicing our holistic model, because we want to see hope, hearts, and home renewed. 

    Here's how it will work. 18 church planters will receive grants and 18 water wells being drilled in the same regions those planters are serving. In addition, 40 women will be empowered to develop products for the western market—by receiving business training and microloans if they so desire.

    With the knowledge of how to develop a product for the western market, these women will then be able to expand the businesses they own and hire others. We will become their buyer at the end of the microloan cycle to further jumpstart their business and economy—we will then sell those products to you right in our fair trade shop and reinvest any profit.

    We will also establish a medical clinic for the impoverished. We’re creating jobs and churches, while meeting basic needs.

    Living the Change We Want to See

    I want to have the same level of care I have for the people of Bihar with everyone I meet, every day. How can I empower them to live for Jesus? How can you do the same?

    God Loves the Whole Person

    I believe that God cares as much about a person’s daily income as he does their spirituality, because work life is connected to spiritual life. Above that, work itself is spiritual—everything we do is. We may not acknowledge it, but every decision we make affects others, in some way or another—either by what we are doing or by what we aren’t doing.

    God loves a whole person—not just the person when they’re praying, or when they're going to church, but also when they’re living the rest of their life. Our aim here at Jesus’ Economy is to do the same.

    Jesus' Economy is dedicated to creating jobs and churches in the developing world. In 60 seconds, we explain how we plan to do so.

    You can help make the world a better place. Donate today:

    Thank you for your prayer and support.

    (P.S. We've been quieter than usual lately because we've been busy assembling an incredible product line that will fund life transformation. We will let you know as soon as it's ready.)

    Throughout the world, corruption is a problem that perpetually destroys good work. This is especially true in developing world communities, who are already vulnerable to exploitation due to their economically powerless position. Those living in poverty desperately need assistance in alleviating corruption. This assistance very well could come through local churches, but since these churches too are very poor, outside funding—in the form of grants—is needed to turn the plans of churches into action. Here are five ways that healthy churches can make life better for those living in developing world communities. (When I speak about churches, I’m talking about Christian communities of people—not buildings.)

    1. Ethics can be instilled in a community by healthy churches.

    Jesus calls Christians to a higher standard of ethical living than others. The ethics of Christianity are intended to be applied in all situations with all people—loving your neighbor, and thus treating them as Jesus would treat them, is meant to be applied to all people. This baseline view of others can create an ethical baseline for a community.

    2. Strong Christian communities are safe havens for training and learning.

    Healthy church communities create trust-based situations. Christians are also used to training others, since discipleship is part of the model Jesus proposed. These two factors combined, make Christian communities an ideal hub for training and learning for an entire community.

    3. Aid and general poverty relief often happen via churches.

    Traditionally, churches have often been first responders to aid and general poverty relief, since it is part of the calling of Christianity to help the poor. Churches are also full of people ready to volunteer their time for the betterment of the lives of others. This can make the meeting of basic needs much easier for an outsider. In addition, the goal should not be for an outsider to do the work, but instead to empower people from a community to meet the needs of their community.

    4. Real needs are revealed and known through church leaders.

    One of the ongoing problems of corruption, especially in poverty relief situations, is the misuse of funding. Healthy churches really get to know, and love, their communities. In the process of doing so, they become sources of truth about communities and their true needs. They also serve as people who can identify who is properly using funding and who is not. In a situation foreign to the Western world investor in a community’s betterment, this is vital to success.

    5. Accountability is a core principle of Christian living; this can be extended to others.

    Christians can serve as a hub for bringing accountability to the lives of others. In Jesus’ Economy model, we simultaneously work with entrepreneurs and church planters in the same community. Christian church leaders serve as accountability partners and ethical trainers for the entrepreneurs we help, to ensure that the standards of Jesus’ Economy are held.

    Funding church grants is vital to the transformation of a community. You can fund church grants by donating directly to them today.

    “For the first time, their incomes allowed them to decide when to say yes and when to say no. Money is the freedom and confidence of choice. And choice is dignity."

    This line from The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between the Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World, by Jacqueline Novogratz, the CEO of Acumen Fund, accurately summarizes why financial independence is so critical. Aid alone is insufficient. Help alone just tackles one part of what people in the developing world are up against. We must empower people to live financially independent lives. In the process of doing so, we provide them with dignity.

    There are hundreds of answers to poverty, but the answers that provide people with choice are the ones we must focus on. In addition, we must add to the picture God’s work with churches; if we don’t, the incomes being created via our work will not last. (Healthy churches can alleviate corruption by providing biblical ethics to a community.)

    Novogratz may not directly identify churches as the answer to many of the issues associated with poverty, but she does make clear that fighting corruption is at the center of alleviating poverty.

    “‘Is corruption a cause of poverty?’ I asked Mary one afternoon. ‘Or is poverty a cause of corruption?’ ‘It is both, isn’t it?’ she answered sweetly.”

    When we look at the underlying issues associated with poverty in the developing world, we must look at the problems as interconnected. There is no logical chain of events for how poverty begins and what keeps it in place, per se, but there is a logical solution: being holistic in our approach. We know that the web of problems people face in impoverished communities are interconnected. Our solutions to them must also be interconnected.

    Jesus’ Economy provides this kind of interconnected plan. We seek to bring the dignity of choice to others through microloans. And we desire to end corruption through healthy churches and biblical ethics training. We want to see the whole person cared for and loved. We believe this is what Jesus would do.

    You can bring dignity to the lives of others by donating here. One hundred percent of your donation will go to holistic community development.

    (This is part two of three of the “What I Learned from Jacqueline Novogratz” blog series.)

    All over the world there are those in need of help. We can view this as something to despair about, or we can look at it as an opportunity to bring hope and love to others. Here at Jesus’ Economy, we believe that hope and love is the answer.

    Many people in the developing world simply need someone to believe in them and invest in them. They need someone to mentor them; someone to provide them with the means to succeed. This is precisely why microloans with ecommerce in mind are a game changer. When you provide someone with not just a loan—which empowers them to take control of their own future—but also with connections to buyers from around the world, you can change entire economies. You can provide jobs. You can bring hope through sustainability.

    Similarly, all over the world there are incredible church planters just waiting for funding, so that they can make even more amazing things happen. Grants provide a way for that to occur. These people can bring spiritual and moral change to communities. They can introduce Jesus into people’s lives.

    When entrepreneurs then enter into accountability relationships with church planters in their community, ethical standards become the norm. When fair trade becomes a way of doing business, people are provided with sustainable livelihoods. When basic needs are then also met, entire communities are transformed.

    Our focus must be more than alleviating poverty; it must be changing the reason why people become impoverished. We must find what leads people to poverty and change that. And the reasons why people become impoverised are known: a lack of jobs, a lack of basic needs being met, corrupt and unstable societies, and others. The model of Jesus' Economy addresses each of these components.

    We have an opportunity to bring hope to people in desperate situations. Now is the time. If not our generation, then who? Act today.