Further Adventures with the Council…and other Funders!
I’ve written about money before…but it seems entirely appropriate to do so again at the very beginning of our second year.
Have you heard about the Controlling Migration Fund? It’s a national fund, administered by local Councils, supporting organisations working with migrants and refugees. In Suffolk it had £51,000 to spend on English provision for this academic year. My heart raced at the prospect of getting some of this money for Oasis English Language School.
As a charity we have a relatively small budget, somewhere in the region of £20,000 per year which we receive from Churches, individuals, minimal student fees and small grants. We use the money to employ a part time Director, purchase books and resources for each student, provide lunch for all on Thursdays, and cover volunteers’ expenses. (As I’ve mentioned before, we have a lot of volunteers.) This year we are offering 4 lessons on a Wednesday (up to 35 students) and 6 on a Thursday (up to 60 students) with crèche for up to 6 or 9 children each session available during 3 out of 4 of our lesson sessions.
Within Ipswich it is the provision of lunch and a crèche which are considered by the Council to be our most outstanding features. After a long grant bidding process I was delighted when the Council offered us £6,800 towards our costs for this year.
Please pray with us that we will be able to offer more than simply physical food as we build relationships and share ourselves and our faith.
The Eddie Byers Scholarship Fund has also chosen to support us. This fund has been established specifically to help local community projects who teach English. It has been a thrill to be in contact with them through the grant application process and a delight to be awarded £2,500 towards our costs for the 2017-2018 academic year.
With £5,000 being promised from faithful individuals who have chosen to support us on a monthly basis and £2,000, plus the premises, promised by Churches, we feel extremely privileged to be going into this year with a very encouraging balance sheet.
And now it is up to us to be faithful with all God has given us:
Faithful in the preparation and delivery of good, clear English lessons.
Faithful in the love and care we show to each other and to every student every week.
Faithful in the use of the money we have been given.
Faithful in taking appropriate opportunities to talk about our Father who provides, loves and cares.
Faithful in building real friendships with some.
Faithful in being and doing.
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