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.
Response to Philippines Typhoon Disaster: Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the Philippines on Friday, November 8th and destroyed entire villages and cities with huge waves and sustained winds over 150 mph. PEER Servants’ partner in the Philippines, The Center for Community Transformation (CCT), is already at work in responding to the crisis. CCT has 47 branch offices serving 24,000 individuals and families in the Visayas – the area hit hardest by the typhoon. If you would like to support their relief efforts, please click here to join PEER Servants and the other North American Christian organizations partnering with CCT on a common website we have created for this purpose. Your tax-deductible donation will be processed by our good friends at endPoverty.org. If you would rather give to the long-term rebuilding efforts of the people of the Philippines after the emergency relief efforts, please click here for ways to give directly through PEER Servants. In either case, 100% of your donation will go to empower the materially poor in the Philippines. Thank you very much!
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.
2013 Lydia Award Winner: Congratulations to Richard Candia Tunya, served by CAFECC/Uganda, as the 2013 Lydia Award winner. Richard has used his business to provide for his own family, create employment for 10+ women in Northern Uganda, and enable him to bless others in his church and community. It was an exceptional Lydia Award field in 2013, and many of the nominees were deserving of top recognition. Click here to read the stories of the three Lydia Award finalists. Congratulations, Richard, and CAFECC, the microfinance institution that has won an unprecedented three straight Lydia Awards.
2013 Walk for Economic Empowerment: The 2013 Walk for Economic Empowerment is our biggest event of the year to raise funds to empower the materially poor. In its eighth year, the walk has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars -- 100% of which have gone to our microfinance partners around the world. There are a number of small walks around the country on different dates - our last remaining Walk in 2013 is our Christmas Walk for Economic Empowerment on Saturday, December 14 at Noon in Newburyport, MA. Take a couple hours that afternoon to raise funds to empower the materially poor and return to our home base for some hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, and great fellowship. 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.
"It's More Fun in the Kingdom" Blog: Our 2013 theme for the PEER Servants volunteers is "It's More Fun in the Kingdom. Experience It. Extend It." We often talk about the kingdom as if it is something that has to wait for heaven. That's not what Jesus had in mind. As He taught us to pray, His vision was to see the kingdom of heaven being extended to earth. To that end we strive in PEER Servants, and this blog captures much of our thinking and experiences. Click here to access the blog, and feel free to include a comment telling us how you are having "more fun in the kingdom"!