In their own words: Notes from recipients

Bless1000Pastors was a time-bound, one-time, direct cash gift project to pastors and their families during the global pandemic. During May and June 2020 US $50 was sent to 3,695 Pastors and families in 30 economically weaker countries where Christ’s Church is growing. This cash level parallels the needs of the economically poorest 10% of the world (c. 750 million people), who presently live on less than US$2 a day.

Countries where gifts were distributed include:

Latin America
(9 countries)

  • Bolivia
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Peru
  • Venezuela

Asia
(8 countries)

  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Cambodia
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka

Africa
(13 countries)

  • Benin
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Mozambique
  • Rwanda
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe

The Bless1000Pastors Story

In the wake of the global pandemic, RREACH became aware of pastors and their families who, despite not having enough for themselves, were sacrificially giving to those they served.

In response, RREACH committed to two initiatives in early May 2020. First, to give $50,000 as an outpouring of our Enlarge Fund to help 1,000 pastors at $50 each. Second, RREACH pledged to cover all fees related to distribution of funds, so that every dollar given was directly transferred to a pastor’s family in need.

RREACH friends were invited to help raise an additional $50,000 for the Bless1000Pastors initiative. In just five days, giving had exceeded that number. By early June, funds were distributed in 22 countries, and our joy was great.

In all, $154,007 was distributed to 3,695 pastors’ families all over the world.

 

For 30+ years, RREACH has financially helped pastors and their families with emergency response and/or transition relief at varied times (e.g., post-earthquake Haiti, Pakistan and Nepal; war-torn Liberia and Syria; Ebola-traumatized Africa and now pandemic-depressed countries on three continents). The Enlarge Fund was established to provide temporary economic help to ease the lives of pastoral leaders and their immediate families in areas of religious persecution, social oppression or natural disaster. Pastoral health affects church health; and church health affects societal health.

Since these occasional large-scale physical needs often arise quickly, they call for urgent action. Burdened by needs of a ministry impact in more than 100 countries, RREACH attempts to obey Scripture’s call to “do good to all people and especially the household of faith” (Gal. 6:10).

If you’d like to contribute to the Enlarge Fund toward the next large-scale need, you can do so by clicking below.

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