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Projects done by churches in Georgia that received Mission Match® funds

June - July 2009

Three Congregations from Pennsylvania and Georgia hold Culture Camp for youth education in China. ...click to open/close

Three church congregations, one "non-denominational," one "interdenominational" and one "fundamental," two in Pennsylvania and one in Georgia, provided funds for youth education in China. Application materials for the congregations indicated that the funds raised for this project would provide meeting rooms and boarding costs for 250 students and 50 adults for 5 days at the camp. Supporting documents with the application stated, "this least-reached people group will celebrate their traditions while the Culture Bureau welcomes guests from the West to lead group activities and make this camp memorable and meaningful for these young people." According to the Mission Match application materials from one of the congregations, they wanted "to share Jesus authentically by building trust with the people." Another congregation's Mission Match application materials indicated, "We will demonstrate the love of Christ in many meaningful and practical ways." One worker would "serve the camp as part of a photography and videography team that will produce material to be put on the Cultural Web-site by the Culture Bureau. We are excited to have the opportunity to further the gospel of Christ to this unengaged and unreached people group." According to follow-up comments to Mission Match from one congregation, "The goal for us was to send workers to assist our missionaries by working at the Culture Camp. Another goal was to establish trust and hopefully long term relationships with families within a normally closed culture. We believe we were successful." Additional comments stated, "The opportunity to 'double' our giving dollars proved to be a great incentive. We used it to encourage people that any amount given would be more significant, that many small gifts added up to accomplish a great endeavor." The congregation stated in follow-up comments, "Our congregation always gives on a regular basis to missions and faith promise giving. But when asked for a special project, they dig deeper, especially with the incentive of matching funds. Mission Match is a great incentive for extra giving." The third congregation participating in this Culture Camp stated in follow-up comments, "The goal was to create relationships within a people group that could open opportunities for evangelizing. We accomplished our goal as far as we can humanly see. There were 160 young people at the camp, many national leaders and about 20 American believers. The numbers are just that, but we sense already the fact that this people group knows that we came for them as people." One congregation indicated in follow-up comments, "In tight economic times our people gave over and above our regular giving--in fact our regular giving did not diminish at all. We are amazed and thankful."