PEER Servants' vision is to enable tens of thousands of the materially poor and non-poor to experience economic, social, and spiritual transformation. We are a group of primarily volunteers who partner with indigenous, autonomous microfinance institutions in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. These institutions empower the materially poor through micro-enterprise development wherein small businesses are established that can provide for individuals, families, churches, and communities. Our microfinance partners and the micro-entrepreneurs they serve are used by God to add meaning and fulfillment to our own lives. The transformation we seek is not only for them, but for us as well.
End-of-Year Giving at PEER Servants: Would you like to bless a materially poor woman or child in your end-of-year giving this year? PEER Servants will direct a significant portion of its end-of-year funding to micro-loans in South Asia (India and Sri Lanka) and education scholarships for former streetdweller children in the Philippines. In India, initial micro-loans to a Muslim and Hindu population are less than $50 while in Sri Lanka, initial micro-loans of $250 go primarily to women-led households recovering from the long civil war. In the Philippines, $100 covers the schooling and boarding costs for a former streetdweller child to attend an excellent Christian boarding school. End-of-year giving can be made via check and/or online. Thank you!
Congratulations to our 2014 Lydia Award Winner: Congratulations to Analyn Estrella, a Pizzeria and Meryenda Owner served by The Center for Community Tranformation in the Philippines, as our 2014 Lydia Award winner. Analyn sells over 500 pizzas a day during the school year and operates a very successful meryenda (snack) shop throughout the year. The business's profits have enabled her to support her church and provide a university education to her children - all from a woman who was told all she needed was sufficient education to read and write. PEER Servants sponsors the Annual Lydia Awards to recognize the clients served by our microfinance partners who, like Lydia of Acts 16, are using their growing businesses to bless their respective communities. Click here to read Analyn's story and that of our two other Lydia Award finalists.
Current Volunteer Opportunities: Do you want to make a difference in the world, join a community of like-minded people, and have your own life enriched while doing so? We have LOTS of volunteer opportunities, most of which don't require you to hop on a plane to the other side of the planet (while some do!). Click here to check out some of our current needs. Hopefully you will see your name on at least one of them and bless us by joining our global discipling community that is experiencing and extending more of the kingdom of heaven on earth.
2014 Walk for Economic Empowerment: The Walk for Economic Empowerment raises tens of thousands of dollars each year through a number of "micro walks" (involving 5 to 100 walkers at each site) around the country. In its ninth year, the walk has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars -- 100% of which have gone to our microfinance partners around the world. Our last Walk of the year will be our most festive - the December 13 Newburyport Christmas Walk for Economic Empowerment.. Please join us for Christmas caroling while we walk to raise funds to empower the materially poor before returning to a home for Christmas cookies and hot beverages. Click here or on the logo for more information and to create your own fundraising page.
Microentrepreneur News - CCT/Philippines: Meet Francine, a very inspirational microentrepreneur served by The Center for Community Transformation (CCT) in Manila, Philippines. Francine used an initial loan of less than $100 to start her small convenience store business; she now has a loan of over $1,000 that has enabled her to not only grow her business, but start another like business which her daughter runs. According to Francine, while she appreciates the access to capital CCT has provided, what she appreciates even more is the spiritual encouragement and support provided through CCT that enabled Francine to hear about and respond to the love of Christ. Click here or on the picture for a 90-second video about Francine.
Partner News - Invest Credit/Moldova: We are celebrating with Invest Credit, PEER Servants' Moldovan microfinance partner, as they recently surpassed the 1,000 active client level. Moldova is Europe's materially poorest country, and Invest Credit, led by Executive Director Ghena Russu, has had a very significant impact in offering opportunity to the people of Moldova. As their clients are empowered through Invest Credit, many of them are extending transformation into their respective communities. This is great news for a country with one of the highest human trafficking rates in the world.
Volunteer News - Scott Purcell: Who has been one of the PEER Servants volunteers taking the lead on Team Moldova? That would be Scott Purcell. Scott has been serving on Team Moldova for over four years. Given his background as a CPA and financial analyst, he has been a huge asset to Invest Credit in helping them tell their story to the international investor crowd. As a result, Invest Credit has qualified for tens of thousands of dollars in various forms of funding that have allowed them to now surpass the 1,000 active clients mark. Scott is one of 100+ volunteers serving our microfinance partners with the skills God has given them and, as Scott so often notes, he is receiving far more than he is giving.
"Go. Extend the Kingdom." Blog: Our 2014 theme for the PEER Servants volunteers is "Go. Extend the Kingdom." Jesus was so focused on extending more of the kingdom of heaven to earth and He calls His followers to go and make disciples, go report what we hear and see, go sell what we have and give to the poor, and so much more! Click here to access the blog and see contributions from PEER Servants volunteers and others on the many "Go" passages of Jesus.