empty tomb® inc.
Mission Match®

Mission Match
is re-launching!
See missionmatch.org

For applications, See missionmatch.org

Projects done in South Africa by congregations that received Mission Match® funds

September 2008

Congregation in Washington provides funds to help meet the physical needs of children and families suffering from HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty in South Africa   (click to open/close)

A Church of the Nazarene in Washington State provided funds to a compassionate ministry in South Africa. According to the congregation's Mission Match application materials, ""The goal of the project is to raise awareness of the needs of the ministry center and of the people they serve who are suffering from extreme poverty and AIDS-related problems and to raise financial support for the center." According to Mission Match follow-up reports from the congregation, the project goal was "to help meet the physical needs -- food, school uniforms, and school fees -- of children and families living in a South African community. This goal was accomplished." Further follow-up comments said, "In spite of many local financial needs and stress affecting our local congregation, the awareness of those greater needs compelled many to give regardless of their own circumstances. There was great rejoicing once the goal was met and exceeded. This has helped us, as a congregation, to see beyond our own needs to help others less fortunate than ourselves. Mission Match has been a great encouragement to us."

June 2007

Congregation in Minnesota helps in battered women's shelter and disabled children's home in South Africa   (click to open/close)

An independent Christian church in Minnesota sent a member of their congregation to be part of a college youth ministry team to South Africa. According to the congregation's Mission Match application materials, the team volunteered with a church in South Africa on projects such as "helping in a battered women's shelter and a home for disabled children, and volunteering in an AIDS orphanage." A follow-up report indicated the desire of the team member to "experience first hand, foreign mission work in a culture totally different from the culture she grew up in. She learned how to seek support, both spiritual and physical, learned about adjustment to a foreign culture, and that young people can make a difference. She witnessed to her home congregation that short-term mission trips can make a difference to all involved. Her enthusiasm for sharing the Gospel was very contagious. Our congregation surrounded her with prayer and encouragement." Further comments indicated that, "Mission Match provided financial encouragement to the congregation that added incentive to raise the bar in the congregation's giving. It gave inspiration to everyone to give generously so that mission effort not be hampered by a lack of funds."