Bite Back Campaign
Help End Malaria
During an 8-week campaign, our students raised funds to provide 280 insecticide-treated bed nets! We invite you to join us and our partner, Compassion International, in the fight against malaria. (View the Malaria Facts video.)
"If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito." Every African knows this proverb to be true because mosquitoes carry malaria—a tropical disease that kills over 750,000 children each year. That’s one child every 30 seconds. In Africa, mosquitoes make a huge difference in the lives of poor families and children. And it all starts with a tiny bite.
Malaria begins with a bite. We believe that our generation--generation change--can end malaria with an even bigger bite. The BITE BACK campaign is mobilizing youth around the country to purchase 300,000 mosquito nets to protect African children from malaria. Let’s be the generation that ends malaria. Let’s BITE BACK and donate now.
Through the Bite Back Campaign, $10 provides a family with an insecticide-treated mosquito net, education on malaria prevention, treatment for those suffering from malaria, and insecticide to spray on the walls of the home.
KAYAK-HIKE-BIKE EVENT ON THE MONTEREY PENINSULA
In the summer of 2008, X-Force Student Ministries conducted a 25-mile triathlon event in Monterey, California to benefit African Water Project. The event was called the GIVE-WELL Triathlon. A group of teenagers and adult volunteers participated in a three-sport endurance event consisting of open-water kayaking, bicycling, and hiking in order to bring safe, clean water to the people of Africa! Students were sponsored with donations on a per mile basis (based on 25 miles), or by giving a specific amount. All donor contributions are being used to provide a new water well for a school in Uganda, in partnership with Living Water International. For more information about our Uganda Water Project, click HERE.
The GIVE-WELL Triathlon was conducted as part of X-Force Student Ministries' annual X-Tour, a summer adventure camp experience for youth. View our Press Release highlighting this event, or our sample donation form.
30 Days of Hope
Turning surplus into seeds of hope...
In just 30 days, churches, businesses, and the community helped us collect items for a 40 foot shipping container headed to Zambia. We received items such as treadle sewing machines and fabric, school supplies and chalkboards, welding equipment, drill press, gardening tools, carpentry tools, and so much more. On Saturday, April 3, over 6,000 lbs of donated items were loaded into the container, along with two trucks, a drill rig, and compressor. Amazingly, we still had a few truckloads of donations left over that are now being used to fill a second shipping container that's headed to Zambia next!
Through our partnership with Seeds of Hope International Partnerships (SHIP), these items will be used for community development in Zambia. In particular, items will be used to teach men and women trades, such as sewing, farming, carpentry, and gardening so they can lift themselves out of poverty. Items will also be used to benefit local orphanages and drill clean water wells. In fact, the drill rig will provide clean water for 500,000 people! The container left our property on Monday, April 12 and will arrived in Ndola, Zambia in July 2010, after its 3 month journey.
Fast. Forward. The end of poverty.
58: is an unprecedented, action-based, global alliance of Christians, churches and world-class poverty-fighting organizations working together to end extreme poverty in our lifetime by living the True Fast of Isaiah 58, one that cares for the poor and oppressed.
Can we really end extreme poverty? YES! Not only does the evidence support that claim it is also what God has called and equipped us to do. We are well on our way already – child mortality has been cut in half in the past 30 years, 600 million have gained access to safe drinking water since 1990, and the percentage of people living in extreme poverty (less than $1.25 per day) has dropped from 52% to 26% (cut in half) between 1981 and 2005. To achieve the end of extreme poverty just requires us to keep pace with the progress of the past generation.
Learn more about how we're bringing an end to extreme poverty by watching this short video: The Poor Will Not Always Be With Us.
Mobilize your church, ministry, or group of friends in the fight against extreme poverty by showing 58: THE FILM...
58: THE FILM is a compelling, feature-length (75 min) documentary film. Witness bravery and determined faith in a journey from the slums of Kenya to the streets of New York. Confront the brutality of extreme poverty and meet those who live out the True Fast of Isaiah 58 and create stunning new possibilities for the future.
Watch 58: THE FILM movie trailer.
Watch the full length version of the film.
For more information, click HERE.
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Crazy Love Summer
The Crazy Love Summer was a series of service projects and events for all ages that took place during the months of June, July, and August of 2010. This experiment of "love in action" was designed to meet practical needs, as well as to inspire other small groups to conduct similar campaigns of their own.
While the 2009 Crazy Love Tour sought to answer the question, "What can a small, but committed, group of teenage Christ-followers accomplish in seven days?" the Crazy Love Summer of 2010 was designed to demonstrate the impact that can be made by a small congregation in just two months!
The Results... In ten weeks, this small congregation of 90 members (including children) were able to:
Prepare and serve 850 hot meals
Fund 3 well projects in Western Kenya, bringing clean water to over 2,100
Distribute a two-week supply of food to over 3,000 people in Fresno County
Share tangible expressions of love with hundreds of children in Mendota, CA
Coordinate a city-wide food drive resulting in 15,164 lbs. of donations in 8 hours
Provide $1,650 in gift cards to rescued sex trafficking survivors
Raise and distribute $20,000 to meet the needs of others
Summary of Participation:
270 individuals participated, giving of their time and/or resources.
140 individuals volunteered at one or more events.
81 volunteers were members of Church of God of San Jose (90% participation rate)
Over 3,000 hours of volunteer service were invested
4others wishes to thank corporate sponsor, Wahoo's Fish Taco, for providing beverages and other supplies for the Crazy Love Summer.
Crazy Love Summer Intinerary:
26 Ice Cream Zoofari at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo (San Jose Family Shelter)
02 Summer Suppers - prepare dinner for 100 (San Jose Family Shelter)
16 Summer Suppers - prepare dinner for 100 (San Jose Family Shelter)
17 Essential Services Health Fair & Food Distribution in Kerman, CA
24 Rummage Sale, Car Wash & BBQ III to raise funds for Crazy Love Summer supplies
30 Summer Suppers - prepare dinner for 100 (San Jose Family Shelter)
31 Flyer Distribution for city-wide food drive in San Jose, CA (Church of God of San Jose)
14 Community BBQ & Kid's Day in Mendota, CA
21 Rummage Sale, Car Wash & BBQ IV to raise funds for Crazy Love Summer supplies
30 HOURS... $10,000 FOR HURRICANE RELIEF
30-Hour Famine is an international youth movement to fight hunger. Students fast for thirty hours and raise funds to help feed and care for children around the world.
Our group chose to do the 30-Hour Famine for a different purpose in 2005. After Hurricane Katrina hit, we wanted to get involved and make a difference. We had just learned that the people of Louisiana had not eaten for 48 hours. By fasting for 30 hours, we were able to feel connected to the victims of the storm and bring that connection to the community. During the fast, we raised funds by asking for donations.
Little did we know that this event would inspire so many people! Receiving TV news coverage, radio coverage, and newspaper coverage, we were able to not only raise $10,000.00 (blowing past our original $2,000.00 goal), but also inspire other youth groups and members of our community to give and hold fundraisers of their own. The funds we raised were divided between World Vision (relief organization working on location) and a large family living in New Orleans.