THE PEOPLE WE SUPPORT:
Below are a number of the ongoing mission causes that iGive Global supports and has relationship with. Each is a non-profit that is Christ-centered and engages community building and Great Commission work in innovative and needed ways. We also have some one-time and private mission focuses not outlined here. The private mission focus points are in more sensitive areas of the world.
Gospel Ranch Honduras, Goodwin Family
Gospel Ranch Honduras is a young and growing Children’s Home in the mountains of Honduras. They concentrate on loving, caring, and raising children who, specifically, do not qualify for the government adoption list. They are small children, that, for whatever reason, are unable to live with their birth families and yet therefore and not eligible for adoption. These precious ones are lost in the middle ground and are needing someone to care, to give, to reach out and love them, to give them hope and a future. Currently there are 6 children ages from infant to 6 years in the home with the Goodwins.
Ascend is the sending umbrella for Kevin and Melissa Goodwin. In addition to Gospel Ranch, Kevin serves with another mission worker as the coach’s for a network of 26+ churches in the region and mountains surrounding Gracias. They visit, coach, and train the church leaders, and look for ways to empower more church planting in unreached rural areas in their region.
Refugee & Displaced Person Care & Equipping
iGive Global is working with the Erbil Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in the Kurdish KRG region. In partnership with Grace Community Church and their Grace4Iraq initiatives, we are seeking to support the Erbil CMA church as they minister to thousands of displaced people who were forced to flee Mosul, Sinjar, Qaraqosh and other cities that ISIS overtook in 2014.
Firsthand account of my new friend Saad and his family who had to flee Sinjar in Iraq when ISIS came in. They had about 30 minutes notice. This is a picture that is not uncommon. He was in grad school at the time. This was taped in Erbil, Iraq.
Posted by Mike Gingerich on Sunday, January 17, 2016
Mike interviewing young man named Saad who had to flee Sinjar as ISIS overran the city in 2014.
Most of the families and individuals were forced to convert to Islam and pledge allegiance to ISIS or face death. They left businesses, homes, and their lives in fleeing. They are now in Kurdistan and trying to figure out what is next. The Erbil CMA church is a channel for food, housing, support, and discipleship to these thousand’s of wonderful people who are trying to start over and figure out where they go from here.
Mike was able to visit in January of 2016 and see firsthand the great work going on as well as to meet individuals and families, hear their stories, and help provide practical support such as portable heaters for the winter. Ongoing support is needed for travel to the region, supporting families, and supporting the work of the Irbil CMA church as they spearhead efforts connecting multiple organizations in the relief efforts.
Micro-Finance Minstry of Hope International
HOPE International is a network of microfinance institutions and savings and credit associations operating in 17 countries around the world. Working to empower men, women, and families, Hope helps to break the cycles of physical and spiritual poverty through discipleship, biblically based business training, savings services, and small loans. By incorporating a strong witness for Jesus Christ and employing a variety of approaches, HOPE is an innovator in the field of microenterprise development.
Hope’s programs are effectively reaching over 575,000 entrepreneurs around the world with the love of Jesus Christ and the opportunity to start or expand a business. From inception to present, HOPE’s programs boast a 96 percent repayment rate, pointing to the efficiency of HOPE’s methodology.
Mike traveled with his daughter with Hope international to visit and see firsthand some of their work in the Dominican Republic. The on-site visit was key in strengthening our intention to support Hope’s work as they empower many widows and single mothers to create small businesses that give hope to their families while they receive discipleship training as part of the loan accountability process.
We are supporting work in the D.R. and Central America.