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United Methodist Missionary Eric Soard shares how he maximized UMC #GivingTuesday donations for new and existing ministries in Tanzania.
A participant of the income generating sewing project at the Emmanuel Center for Women and Children.

Gifts Support Multiple Ministries in Tanzania

By Eric Soard

Eric Soard (Advance #3021468) is a United Methodist missionary with Global Ministries assigned along with his wife, Elizabeth Soard (Advance #3021467), as a church planter and discipleship trainer in the Mara Region of Tanzania. He shares how UMC #GivingTuesday donations undergirded many of his ministries last year.

UMC #GivingTuesday is literally a once-in-a-year opportunity. Most of us tend to get carried away with the holiday season that usually starts on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.  This year, you can start on Brown Thursday as stores open on Thanksgiving Day. But, UMC #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, gives us a chance to refocus on what the holiday season should really be about— looking beyond ourselves and showing a bigger love for the larger humanity of which we share this planet.

It is a chance to give back through The Advance of The United Methodist Church and see your impact multiply. This year, Global Ministries will allocate the matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on Dec. 2 between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST.

Church leader training in Mwanza, Tanzania was made possible through UMC #GivingTuesday donations.
Church leader training in Mwanza, Tanzania was made possible through UMC #GivingTuesday donations. Photo: Eric Soard

Last year’s #GivingTuesday gifts of nearly $15,000 carried many of our ministries for almost the whole year! The donations allowed us to:

It was such a blessing to have a budget for our ministries, and for the first time, really dig into some new areas because we had the funds to see things through to completion. We hope to see those same benefits once again.

Construction of Ingrichini United Methodist Church was completed, thanks to gifts from generous donors.Construction of Ingrichini United Methodist Church was completed, thanks to gifts from generous donors. Photo: Eric Soard

This year we are hoping to receive sponsorship for children’s education; sponsorship for women in our empowerment programs through the Emmanuel Center; expand the land for Wesley College; see more church homes completed, and equip church leaders to do development themselves in their own villages.

Your gifts on UMC #GivingTuesday can make it happen.

UMC #GivingTuesday, Dec. 2

This year, Global Ministries will again provide matching grants, up to $1 million*, for online donations made to any project through The Advance as part of UMC #GivingTuesday, Dec. 2, “When Methodists Are United.” One hundred percent of gifts given go to projects designated by the donor through The Advance, The United Methodist Church’s giving channel.

For resources to promote and share UMC #GivingTuesday, click here.

 *Global Ministries will allocate the matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on Dec. 2, 2014, between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST. A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds.