Each year as we celebrate Easter, the Global Outreach Commission seeks out beneficiaries for the annual Easter Sacrificial Offering (ESO). This year we’ve partnered with seven ministries that ease the sufferings of others and faithfully proclaim the gospel around the world. As a result of the generous contributions made by the congregation, we’re pleased to announce that the ESO collected just over $87,000. This amount will directly fund the work of our partners as they seek to make Christ’s name known around the world. For information on how each partner will use the funds, please see below.
Forgotten Voices International
Forgotten Voices International is an organization that equips local churches to meet the physical and spiritual needs of children orphaned by AIDS in their communities. The organization has partnered with nearly 100 churches in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi and is currently on pace to serve more than 15,000 children and their caregivers this year. Our gift of $16,500 will enable Forgotten Voices to continue their ministry and help them attain their goal of serving as many as 20,000 children and their caregivers by next year.
The Integration House is an initiative of the Exarcheia Church in Athens, Greece. It offers aid to those who arrived in Greece during the refugee crisis of 2015. They provide the occupants with housing, assist in job and education placement, and assist the families in finding low-cost apartments. Our gift of $12,000 will allow them to fully renovate and furnish one new bedroom.
Merkinch Church Plant
The Merkinch church plant is in the city of Inverness, a region that is among the most deprived in Scotland. Our partners have set out to establish a church that engages the gospel and serves the community. Our gift of $7,000 will allow them to continue making disciples through mission and evangelism.
Rock Spring Presbyterian Church
Rock Spring Presbyterian Church was planted in Monrovia, Liberia, through the teaching, encouragement, and financial support of our congregation. After renting a facility for many years, Tenth helped Rock Spring acquire a property on which a foundation and walls have been built. Our gift of $7,000 will aid in the completion of the building, with the hope that they’ll be able to use the new building later this year.
Sight for Souls
Sight for Souls is transforming the lives of communities in Ethiopia through the gift of sight. Started by Tenth members John and Lori Kempen and motivated by the love and example of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Sight for Souls seeks to alleviate blindness through sustainable programs in the areas with the greatest need. Our gift of $15,000 will allow Sight for Souls to continue providing for the spiritual and emotional needs of patients and their families affected by blindness in the developing world.
SIM Galmi Hospital
Since 1950, the SIM Galmi Hospital has been an oasis in the desert. Located on the south edge of the Sahara Desert in Niger, West Africa, this 180-bed hospital provides compassionate care to Nigerians from all walks of life and serves as a training center for surgical residents from several African countries. Galmi’s outpatient and HIV clinics serve up to 300 men, women, and children daily, each of whom hears the message of the gospel through educational films and their interactions with hospital staff. Our gift of $20,000 will help them do major structural improvements and make new additions to their facility.
Widows and Orphans in Africa
Our partner leads a ministry focused on helping widows and orphans recover from tremendous hardship and loss. The ministry helps the women and children learn new skills and re-establish themselves by providing food, schooling, and job training. Our gift of $10,000 will supply these widows and orphans with food, sewing machines, and schooling.