Bonnie Fahrner, Chair of the Grants Task Force, offers this update of our 2015 grant awards:
Kids for Christ – Our grant is funding the new Bible study program at Maryville Elementary School located in Maryville, Illinois, which is part of the Collinsville School District. The first five-week session starts in the beginning of November and will conclude in December. After the session concludes, Women4given will receive a packet of information including the number of children, number of volunteers, number of children’s Bibles distributed, and other details of the program. Pictures will be included.
Chances for Children – Women4given’s grant was for the orphan care program without sponsoring a particular child. Chances for Children used the funds in the four Haitian orphanages it supports, which serve 350 children by providing food, medical services, housing education, and enrichment programs.
Rebirth: East St. Louis – Rebirth has identified available houses that would be suitable for use of our grant. They are working on arrangements to purchase a house via the tax sale process and schedule.
Christian Activity Center – Sponsorships of Jalyn and Jerrica. Both of these young ladies continue to be active participants at CAC. CAC invites Women4given to schedule a tour so members can see what CAC facilities and programs have to offer the children of East St. Louis.
Christian Activity Center – Here We Grow Edible Garden. This was the first year for the program. The children grew tomatoes, zucchini, kale, greens, and peppers. One-hundred-fifty children participated in caring for garden plots–watering, weeding, and tending the gardens. When the vegetables were ripe, the children picked and washed them. They took food home. They also saw at CAC how some of the vegetables could be prepared, then ate the samples. Ten mothers participated. The garden plots are now being prepared for the fall. The program will be expanded next year to include more acreage and to offer a general community garden.
“When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.” -Jesus, recorded in Matthew 6:3-4
This is how Eugene Peterson’s The Message renders Jesus’ instruction on serving others quietly, “working behind the scenes.” Women4given’s president, Marsha Heffner, recently echoed this emphasis on doing good behind the scenes:
When our girls were younger, our family had a puppet ministry. We performed special shows for Christmas, Mother-Daughter banquets, and VBS. Our daughters were shy then but really came to life behind the puppets. I was also more comfortable “behind the scenes.”
I want to share an example of making an impact behind the scenes. NyJae is a girl who recently graduated from East St. Louis High School. She became involved with Rebirth while running track and cross-country and gave her life to Christ. This summer, she was part of Rebirth’s Summer Internship program.
Here’s a look at how W4G played a part behind that scene: collectively Women4given awarded Rebirth a grant to help start a ministry for high school girls by hiring a girls’ track coaching assistant named Mollie. Mollie was able to start a Bible study and impact several young girls’ lives. This year, we awarded a grant to Rebirth to help purchase a home to be renovated and hire young student interns to gain work experience.
We support Rebirth; Rebirth supports NyJae.
NyJae will be attending Indiana State University in the fall. Can’t wait to see what great things are in store for this young lady!
Thank you for being a part of our collective, behind-the-scenes work!
Women4given encourages generosity to serve women and children in Christian love. We serve by awarding grants to nonprofits that are making an impact.
And we award these grants in order to make a difference in others’ lives — a difference in the world for the kingdom of God.
It is impossible to grasp the full impact of grants in the lives of recipients — especially those who might live around the world in Haiti, Malawi, or Honduras, or even local women and children we may never meet. But we are given a glimpse of the ripple of possibilities when grant recipients send us a letter.
Member, these letters are written on behalf of many grateful voices; they are written to you, for you.
Thank YOU for your ongoing generosity to Women4given. Because of you, we will continue to serve women and children in Christian love.