The TeachBeyond Advancement team erupted in celebration and worship in the early days of January as they realized the 2019 giving goal of $150,000 for the Global Impact Fund had been met and surpassed. This fund supports the launch of new schools and projects, helps to develop existing projects, mobilizes educators, and supports current TeachBeyond educators who serve around the globe.
In 2019, $150,838 had been raised for the Global Impact Fund, a huge increase from the 2018 budget of $100,000. “As we looked at 2020, we saw that there were more opportunities and more need for funding. We realized that if we wanted to support more ministries, we needed to take a big step of faith. We recognized that this had to be something that God would have to do, since we had no clue where the extra funds would come from,” said Mike Koerber, Global Director of Advancement.
Half of the funds were received due to the generous giving of TeachBeyond board members, leadership, and staff, while the other half came from the sacrificial contributions of a number of other partners. “One of the contributions that was really exciting was a completely anonymous gift of $5,000. This was confirmation that God was raising up the finances for His work since we still don’t know how this person was led to give,” said Mike.
Mike added that this fundraising drive wasn’t just about raising the needed funds, but rather about inviting people to use their resources to partner with TeachBeyond in transforming individuals and communities through education across the globe. This fund will support many existing and new initiatives in 2020, including the development of TeachBeyond in Albania, South Africa, and Uruguay, as well as ministries such as teacher mentorship in Brazil, the development of ministry opportunities in US & Canada, the Beyond Borders ministry, the work of Open Schools Worldwide, new schools and opportunities across the globe, and the ongoing faithful work of over 900 TeachBeyond members.
The Regional Director of Asia shared a glimpse of how the funds would help advance the work in his region. “Ten years ago, there were less than 10 members in Asia. Now, between national staff, members, associates, and seconded members, there are almost 500 people working across the region to see transformation happen through the opportunities that education provides. We are looking to support and resource them so that they can better achieve their mission and goals. We also hope to start three new schools in creative access locations across the region including a preschool, a school and a language center,” he said.
“We are so encouraged by the support, generous giving, and long term partnership of so many people. Please continue to join us in praying for our members across the globe who serve faithfully to impact lives with the gospel,” said Mike.