What can we say but: Wow!
Your giving as part of the international day called #GivingTuesday was truly remarkable! We asked to raise money to specifically go towards our International Women’s Fund which disperses $10,000 each year to women around the world training for church leadership.
What we love most is that your gifts directly and powerfully affirm women and their goals of theological study. Women like Fabiola who is seeking education in Colombia so she can continue to effectively serve her community she loves so much. Or Priyanka who is focused her studies to equip her for teaching Mennonite women at the collegiate level in India.
Thank you for your gifts! We raised $2,936!
Women receiving these scholarship funds are able to pay for things like tuition fees, purchase books and buy materials to start, continue or complete their studies. You have made a way for women to succeed and for that the only words are: thank you.
Worldwide, the #GivingTuesday movement raised $116 million dollars in donations to the organizations who participated and we were part of that–YOU were part of that–thank you for your generosity.
(Missed out on #GivingTuesday? That’s okay! You can always contribute to the 2015 #GivingTuesday drive for the IWF scholarships here.)
I can’t stop thinking about the Christian Anabaptist women from all over the world who are so hungry for learning, so ready for study, so able to serve and so very eager to lead. Each year we evaluate applications and choose who to support for our International Women’s Fund scholarships.
Listen to their hopes and dreams:
“I have a clear call from God. There are barriers for me to go to North Korea to share God’s love, but I trust that God will open them.”
“I want to train and teach children and youth, in the field of psychological health, based on biblical perspectives.”
“I am not able to take final exams because I have run out of funds. I want to teach religious studies.”
So here is my special invitation to you: will you support our International Women’s Fund by participating in #GivingTuesday tomorrow, Tuesday, December 1? Today, or tomorrow, just click on this link to our special IWF giving on the Mennonite Women USA website and give so women around the world can continue their theological studies.
Your dollars go much farther than you can imagine to support Anabaptist women in Thailand, Colombia, Korea, Tanzania, Congo, Kenya, Guatemala, Mexico, Belize and Nicaragua.
“The light that you plant is going to light up much more than you ever could imagine.” -Alix Lozano of Colombia–church leader and recipient of an International Women’s Fund scholarship.
With a grateful heart,
We are overjoyed to join #GivingTuesday this year–a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.
Mennonite Women USA wants to raise $5,000 for our International Women’s Fund. Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their world and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.