Lahash International's Servant Teams Program wrote -
We're asking everyone to donate any amount they can to provide each of our Servant Team members equal access to the hands-on training and experience they need to become missional leaders. Whether you can give $25 or $1,000, your generosity makes a difference and is so appreciated.
God is calling young people from all walks of life into the work of missions and social justice. So why is it that in the U.S. there are so few leaders in missions who come from minority backgrounds? For young people of color and those coming from impoverished communities, responding to God’s call to mission work can be particularly challenging. Often the costs of training classes and overseas service are financially out of reach for both the potential participant and the community they would look to for support. With your help, Servant Teams hopes to change this all-to-common scenario.
This program is a joint effort of Lahash International, Word Made Flesh, and Second Stories. Over the course of six months, Servant Team members experience in-depth training in missional theology and community development in connection with hands-on service in both the city of Portland and overseas. Facilitated by an ethnically diverse group of ministry leaders, this learning process includes reading, reflection, and group discussion along with field trips and practical service with local ministries. After three months in Portland, Servant Teams spend the next three months overseas engaging in hands-on ministry among the poor, where they will continue learning from and serving alongside the vulnerable.
When you give to this effort, you are standing with a diverse group of future leaders who long to respond to God's call in their life. Their impact will be felt around the world, but to get started they need a wider community of support. They need you!
We are raising $30,000 to make sure each Servant Team member has equal access to this experiential training program, especially those often excluded by traditional fundraising models. The cost for each participant is $1,200 per month to cover their housing, meals, training, travel, and overseas expenses. We know each of you also come from various economic backgrounds, and whether you can give $25 or $1,000, your generosity makes a difference. That's the beauty of crowdfunding—we're all in this together!