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Kenya: Bunk Beds for Bible School

Metal Bunk Bed
Bunk Bed

Country:Kenya
Amount Requested: $1188 for 12 complete beds
Amount Received: $0 (11/14/17)
Designate Gifts: Kenya Bunk Beds

Kenya Grace School of Ministry has 2 rooms used as sleeping quarters for students as well as board members and leaders during national meetings.  Each room can fit 6 bunk beds. These facilities are already helping the ministry but we are praying and trusting God to provide funds to buy 12 strong metal beds (to replace the old wobbly wooden ones), along with new mattresses and bedding. Those who wish to give to this project can donate in a variety of ways:

 

Philippines TCM Convention Center

New Construction.
Covered court

Country: Philippines
Amount Requested: $5000
Amount Received: $0 (7/10/17)
Designate Gifts:Philippine Covered Court

TCM-Philippines is constructing a large covered court at the IGBI-Ozamis campus which will serve several purposes: 1) a facility to hold meetings for the Bible school, 2) a covered basketball court for the school and churches in nearby towns 3) a building in which to hold regional and national seminars and conferences and 4) renting it out to raise funds for IGBI. The big event to be held in the building is the 60th anniversary of the Philippine churches in April 2018 with expected attendance by 1200-1500 people from the Philippines and around the world. TCM-Philippines has donated labor, material and architectural planning and raised $30,000 to complete the pillars, trusses and roof. The Philippine churches are a strong partner with TCM. Most of our missionaries come from the Philippines and we have trained 24 more in the past two years. Donations toward this project will be an encouragement to them and also a benefit to Bible training in the Philippines.

 

Kenya Coast Ministry Center

Preliminary construction of Kenya Coast Ministry Center
Coast Graduates

Country: Kenya
Amount Requested: $2,500 (3/2017) + $3300 (repair collapsed wall 5/2017)
Amount Received: $1575 (3/2017) + $3300 (wall reconstruction)
Designate Gifts: Kenya Coast Ministry Centre

5/16/17 Update: One wall of the building collapsed when floods caused heavy concrete construction materials on an adjacent property to shift and crash into the wall. Bible school classes have had to be suspended until the building can be repaired.

In 2009 Pastor Peter Kagwi moved with his family to the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya for the purpose of establishing Grace churches. Now there are eight churches and pastors working together as the Coast Grace Team. Four Bible training centers have been formed under the Berean Grace School of ministries. The Lord provided a piece of land that Grace Bible Church owns free and clear. Construction has begun on a multipurpose center to be used primarily for training church leaders for the Berean Grace School of Ministries (BGSM). Secondly, it will be used for Bible conferences, seminars and worship services.

 

Good Soldier Fund -Ongoing

The Good Soldier Fund provides scholarships to Bible school students.
Bible School Student

Country: Philippines & Indonesia
Amount Requested:

Philippines $95 per student annual average

Indonesia $200 per student annual average
Amount Received:

2015-16: Philippines = 53 scholarships

2016-17: Philippines = 37 scholarships

2017-18: Philippines = 34 scholarships, Indonesia = 10, Myanmar = 10

Designate Gifts: Good Soldier Fund

Training ministry workers is absolutely essential to the mission of TCM. The Good Soldier Fund (GSF) helps meet that need by providing tuition scholarships that enable financially needy students to enroll in one of TCM’s Bible schools in the Philippines and Indonesia. The scholarships are awarded based on application data, and students receiving a scholarship must maintain a high grade average and good moral standing. They are also required to write updates about their progress. The average annual scholarship per student in the Philippines is $95. The average annual scholarship per student in Indonesia is expected to be $200 since tuition is higher there. Donations can be given through TCM, designated Good Soldier Fund. Rest assured 100% of donations for this project go straight to the students’ tuition and fees. TCM is grateful to all who have already invested in the ongoing ministry of training leaders through giving to the GSF.

 

Homeschool Materials -Ongoing

TCM Team MKs study while their parents attend GTCM training.
Team MKs

Countries: Myanmar; Laos
Amount Requested:$1600 per student x 5 students (2017)
Amount Received:$0 (2017)
Designate Gifts: Myanmar Team Homeschool; Laos Team Homeschool

Our TCM Team families cannot do their vital work without offering a quality, affordable option for educating their children. The two new TCM Team families have committed to homeschooling their children so they can get to their respective fields as quickly as possible. The best homeschooling organization for them is Christian School of Tomorrow, because it is a registered organization in the Philippines as well as the USA, and is recognized by the Philippine Department of Education. This is a project that will need ongoing annual funding. Cost for Myanmar Team family with 2 children = $850. Cost for Laos Team family with 3 children = $1280.

 

Language Study Boost

Burmese alphabet
Burmese alphabet

Country: Southeast Asia Teams
Amount Requested: $500 per person; 6 people (10/2016)
Amount Received: $1705 (10/2016)
Designate Gifts:Language Study Project

Communication is essential to sharing the gospel and establishing believers in Grace truth. In 2016 the Laos Team expanded to include 3 new members, and another new TCM Team of 3 is pushing forward into Myanmar. Each of these 6 individuals must learn the local language in order to engage with the culture and effectively articulate the Message without always having to rely on interpreters. A donation of $500 will help defray the cost of a beginner year of language study for a new TCM Team member.

 

 

 

Obtaining Visas -Complete! Thank you for giving!

A visa allows one to legally enter and stay in a foreign country
Visa

Country: South Africa, Singapore, Philippines, Myanmar, Laos
Amount Requested: $240 per person; 19 people (10/2016)
Amount Received: $5489 (10/2016)
Designate Gifts:Visa Project

This year 19 new TCM missionaries and children are accessing Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and South Africa. In order to legally enter and stay in these countries, each adult and child needs a visa. Obtaining a visa, especially a long-term visa, is a complex, expensive and time-consuming process; yet, it is an unavoidable necessity. A donation of $240 covers the average visa cost for one person this first year on the field. This project presents an opportunity to subsidize visa expenses for one or many new TCM missionaries and their kids.

 

Grace Theological Center for Mission -Complete! Thank you for giving!

Student in a GTCM training session.
GTCM student

Country: Philippines
Amount Requested: $3000
Amount Received: $3825 (3/15/17)
Designate Gifts: GTCM

TCM will conduct Grace Theological Center for Mission (GTCM), an intensive two-month missionary training program, April 1 to June 3, 2017. Fifteen trainees from USA, Philippines and Indonesia will converge on the IGBI-Tagum campus in the Philippines to prepare for missionary service. Although trainees pay for their own food and accommodation, that is only half the cost of running the program. Other expenses to be covered by TCM include airfare and accommodation of teachers, venue preparation, utilities and training materials. Our target is $200 per trainee for a total of $3000.

 

Sophal's Cancer Treatment -Complete! Thank you for giving!

Chhron, Sophal and Baby Riek
Sophal & Chhron

Country: Cambodia
Amount Requested: $2000 (2/2017)
Amount Received: $4530 (7/15/2017)
Designate Gifts:Cambodia Cancer

Cambodian Assistant Pastor Chhron Sorn found Jesus while staying in TCM’s Phnom Penh dormitory and committed his life to serve the Lord as assistant pastor while studying in college. His wife, Sophal, is one of the pioneers of the Cambodian church and has remained one of its strongest pillars. Sophal has been diagnosed with Stage 2 Rectal Cancer. We are currently raising funds to help with the high cost of chemo treatment. Chhron and Sophal have one child, a 4-month old son, Riek.TCM missionary Julia Liles testifies, “Sophal is an incredible witness of God's faithfulness and I am inspired by her courage at this challenging time. Please would you pray with us or send messages of support to this lovely family. Thank you for your involvement in the lives of others in faith and love."

Kilgo Ministry Center Renovation -Complete

Unit under renovation for future ministry center
Kilgo Ministry Center

Country: Southeast Asia
Amount Requested: $5,000 (9/2016)
Amount Received: $5000 (10/2016)
Designate Gifts: Kilgo Ministry Center Renovation

The Kilgos have been leading several Bible studies, English classes, a parenting class and counseling sessions in the Southeast Asian country where they live. They are now transitioning from meeting in their home to a unit on the third floor of a business center. The space is large enough to accommodate many types of meetings and seminars. It will become their base of operations as well as the venue for regular Sunday services. To make the unit usable, efficient and comfortable, they have to knock down a few walls, add a storage room, add seven air conditioning units, electrical outlets, a small kitchen, carpet, some doors and other smaller repairs/maintenance. The renovation work has already begun, and the unit should be ready for use starting in November.

Finish Sunday School Classroom for Embu Church -Complete

Unfinished Embu Sunday School building.
Tshepisong

Country: Kenya
Amount Requested: $1000 (10/2015)
Amount Received: $1000 (4/2016)
Designate Gifts: Embu Sunday School Classroom

The Embu church is the regional center for nearly half of the 63 Grace churches in Kenya, and they often host pastoral training, seminars and conferences. The region has need of more space for activities and has planned for the construction of another building. They were able to build a Sunday school classroom with help from the Africa Safaris led by TCM International Director, Ben Anderson.  They need to finish it by putting in the floor and plastering and painting the walls. 

Evangelistic Vehicle -Complete

Pickup truck will be used as stage and transport for evangelistic meetings.
Pickup truck

Country: South Africa
Amount Requested: $5,000 (3/2016)
Amount Received: $6,000 (4/2016)
Designate Gifts: South Africa Truck Project

The recently created evangelistic team of the Association of Berean Grace Churches in South Africa (ABGMSA) wants to purchase a pickup truck that can be used as a stage and carrier for the sound system for open air crusades. In an effort to intensify the outreach program, the evangelistic team will travel with the truck on weekends to townships and suburbs where church-planting endeavors are underway. They hope to have the truck by June, 2016. TCM is committed to raising $5000, while the remaining funds will be raised by the South African churches.

Tshepisong Grace Berean Ministry Centre -Complete

The current Tshepisong Grace Berean building which will be replaced with the new ministry centre.
Tshepisong

Country: South Africa
Amount Requested: $8000
Amount Received: $8000 (12/22/15)
Designate Gifts: South Africa Ministry Centre

We have an opportunity to assist South Africa with building a ministry centre in the Johannesburg area. Dean Padayhag writes, "The church owns the land and is strategically located in the midst of a government housing project. It is also in the middle of 5 cities; Roodepoort, Randfontein, Kagiso, Krugersdorp and Soweto. Three church planters come from this church. They will be planting churches in Roodepoort and Krugersdorp/Kagiso. Conferences and fellowships are held in this church all the time. The joint service on March 2 will be held in their “old and leaky” temporary structure. This is the church the “team/visitors” plans to help build in November, a week before the national conference. $3000 has already been raised in the country and TCM would like to help with an additional $5000. Fund raising is also happening in South Africa. Read announcement from the church committee. and church website.