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Students in South Africa.

Real-Life Example

May 6, 2020

This article was written as part of an earlier blog post.   Spiritual Attack Earlier this year, one of our learners had been having spiritual attacks. Sive* lives with her granny. Sive would hear footsteps and a whispering voice in the middle of the night. This disturbed Sive, who started to dread going home for the weekend. Sive was scared of these things and wanted to leave home to live elsewhere with relatives. Sive’s family refused, so Sive started making…

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Sahil in South Asia

The Power of a Keyboard Lesson

April 7, 2020

Quiet Observer I met Sahil back in 2015 on 25 Project’s very first team expedition to South Asia. Sahil had just joined the Mercy Homes, and he was in my discussion group–along with a handful of other thirteen-and fourteen-year-olds. We were all a little shy: me, being on my first mission expedition, and the kids experiencing their first Bible camp led by westerners. As the week went on, though, we all warmed up to each other–but Sahil kept his distance….

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Shining Light on Dark Traditions

March 18, 2020

IN SOUTH AFRICA, THE 25 PROJECT PARTNERS WITH QUINTIN AND TERESITA NDIBONGO AND INTLANTSI CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (A MINISTRY OF INDAWO YETHEMBA FOUNDATION). THEY SERVE THE XHOSA PEOPLE OF THE DEBE NEK REGION.   Intlantsi Christian School opened its doors on January 15, 2019, serving thirteen grade 8 students. By extension, the students’ families and communities are also being served. Intlantsi is a residence-based school with weekly boarding. It is situated on a property called Fort White. Seven small villages surround…

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A Brighter Future For Morlai & Abdulai

February 24, 2020

I moved to Sierra Leone two years ago to join the work 25 Project was doing among street children living in Waterloo. I met Morlai and Abdulai as they were finishing up high school and trying to navigate their next steps. At times, I look at pictures from when they first joined our ministry as young boys. It’s hard to believe the transformation they have already been through. These two had spent most of their preteen years on the streets….

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Stepping Out To Invest In Eternity

February 13, 2020

Am I Doing Enough? AS A CHRISTIAN, I STRUGGLE WITH THE QUESTION DAILY. OVER THE PAST YEAR, I HAD THE UNSETTLING FEELING THAT GOD WAS WANTING MORE FROM ME. I WASN’T QUITE SURE WHAT THAT WAS UNTIL SPEAKING WITH MY CLOSE FRIEND, SARAH. SARAH WORKS FOR THE 25 PROJECT, AND SHE TOLD ME ABOUT AN UPCOMING MISSION TRIP TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. AT THAT MOMENT I KNEW WITH ABSOLUTE CLARITY THAT GOD WANTED ME TO BE A PART OF THIS…

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Free School in Sierra Leone: Fact or Fiction?

June 13, 2019

New President March 2018, a new president was elected in Sierra Leone. After 10 years, the opposing party had garnered another opportunity to rule the country. While the previous party was known for a focus on business, the current party put their highest value on education. The new president, Julius Maada Bio, quickly presented a platform that the country was more than happy with. There were many questions on how it would come to pass – Free Education. Sierra Leone…

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Increase Your Impact

May 23, 2019

For nonprofit organizations, every dollar counts. Corporate employee matching gifts offer the opportunity to turn one dollar donated by a match-eligible employee into two, three, four, or even five dollars! Let’s explore exactly what YOU can expect when seeking a matching gift, and how to make the most of this incredible opportunity. What are Corporate Matching Gift Programs? Employee matching gift programs are set up to encourage employees to give back to their communities. Companies encourage employees to participate in…

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Finding Belonging in Christ: Anjali

May 16, 2019

ANJALI WAS BORN INTO A COMMUNITY THAT DIDN’T WANT HER. She was abandoned by her parents soon after she was born. Then, she was severely abused at the hands of relatives who should have loved and cared for her. But her story doesn’t end there… An aunt took pity on Anjali and her situation and brought her to 25 Project’s Mercy Home in South Asia. Though deeply wounded by her childhood, Anjali began to experience God’s grace through her house parents and through the loving community…

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Finding Hope in Christ: Hawa & Lamerana

May 2, 2019

A Special Visit This year, we added our first ten girls into the Waterloo girls’ sponsorship program in Sierra Leone. I recently had the pleasure of visiting eight of those girls’ families to inform them that they now had sponsors. That meant having the funds to start school! I will never forget the day I took Hawa and four of our other girls to the school to register and receive their uniforms. Hawa (9), and her cousin, Lamerana (5), live with their mothers who share a…

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Discovering Unity in Christ: Miguel & Wilton

April 16, 2019

“We sponsor two boys in the Dominican Republic, Wilton from Villa Laura (a Dominican village) and Miguel from Batey Lechería (a Haitian village). Though both boys are similar in age, they don’t seem to have much else in common. Different circles of friends, different interests and talents, and different cultures that tell them they shouldn’t be friends. They had never hung out together, that we know of…until it started raining on the first day of camp. The Storm The rainstorm forced us all under the pavilion…

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