Here at Somebody Cares Tampa Bay we want to take the time to recognize the people and organizations that partner with us. Each month we will take a moment to share with you one of our partners and what they do.
International Cooperating Ministries is a global church developer that partners with indigenous ministries in third world countries to equip local churches with two vital resources: a permanent church building and practical discipleship tools for oral learners. Their vision is to see a healthy church within walking distance of everyone in the world established.
We want to thank ICM for presenting us with an opportunity at our March leadership meeting. An anonymous donor presented a challenge that for each local church that committed to funding a church facility through ICM, he would match the remaining balance of the amount they were unable to raise. As a result, we had:
• 9 responses to the challenge (3 from individuals, 6 from churches).
• Funds were raised for 4 churches to be built.
• Funds were raised for 1 church/hope center to be built.
A total of $28,000 was pledged and the remaining $50,000 was matched to complete 5 projects worth $78,000!!!
This divine opportunity has led to a continued partnership between Somebody Cares, local churches, and ICM. It has also inspired continued talk with others about opportunities presented to help our fellow believers worldwide by providing needs such as a building in which to worship.