North American Staff from left to right:
Top row Dr. Stan, Dr. Josh, Dr. Steve, Drs. Tal and Dee
Middle row Staci, Kathy, Kelley, Delores
Bottom row is Ron, Ken, Kim, and Rebecca
Picture not available…Dave
Highlighted Zone for October
North America — Zone Leader Dr. Stan DeKoven
From our Founder and President Dr. Stan
I woke up very early to some thoughts regarding our mission. These are a bit random, but worth prayer and feedback.
Our primary mission has been and remains, resourcing local churches with the tools to effectively;
ground believers in the Christian faith
equip workers in the local church
train local church leaders
prepare five-fold, market place ministers who have a heart to start ministries/plant churches
Our mission is significantly underfunded. For example, Dr. Steve and helpers put in (This is a guess, would love real figures) 200 hours per year to upgrade The Bible College in a Box. This should be funded at a minimum of $20 or $25 per hour. I am grateful for his willingness to take this work on…but frankly it is not right. There are other areas we need help in.
Latin America, including Brazil, India and China could become our largest markets.
We have partial Bible College in a Box programs available in these languages, but they are incomplete. Translating materials with the help of volunteers has worked in the past, but it no longer does. We need 25 of our books translated into Spanish at approximately $1000 per book (to include loading them into our BCIB format). We need about the same amount of money to translate books in Portuguese, Chinese, etc…well you get the idea.
For each international record (student), we must provide the appropriate clerical and record keeping services. Files must be established locally and in our offices. We do keep up but frankly, we need at least $75.00 per student, per year, to fund the staff needed to service these students properly. At the present time we spend approximately $100,000 of our budget on the servicing of the students; we are only about $650,000 short. ($25 X 30,000 students = $750,000)
We need some creative ideas to provide the necessary services…here are some thoughts;
We cannot “charge” our international partners more than we currently are. For example, In the Ukraine/Russia, the economy allows them to charge enough to provide our offices about $1.50 per student, per course, or $15 per year. To try to get from Ministry to Educate and Equip the additional $10 per student, per year, or $20,000 + is not possible. Thus, we need underwriters/benefactors, someone, a business, or church(s) who love the Russian language to help. And then in multiple other languages as well.
There are some churches interested in sponsoring a nation or region…such as The Tabernacle Church, who want to focus on Liberia to help Morris Yeedoun and Dr. Steve; the details are to be worked out. They are also helping with French language.
My point is just this …without a significant financial increase we will continue to limp along. I need your prayers, thoughts and support. Please see this link for more on the concept of adoption. I am honored to take the lead in giving and raising monies, but I am only one fella.
I await your response,
Dr. Stan DeKoven