June 10, 2014
In the month of May we held our annual US/Kenya MDP Board Meeting. Parts of that meeting I would like to share with you this month.
We will be welcoming two new board members to our current board, Terri Yoshida and Jane Girotto. Terri comes from Post Falls, Idaho. She works as a nurse and has been an MDP supporter for some time now. She along with her mother joined us on our October 2013 Mission Trip and plans to join us again on our upcoming trip in October 2014. Jane has been on two of our mission trips along with her physician husband, children and parents. Jane has been instrumental in helping to organize the two trips from North Cascade Church Mission Trips. She is highly skilled in organization and we feel that she will be a real asset to our board.
One of the biggest challenges at this meeting was working on our 2014 – 2015 budgets. A couple of weeks ago one of our donors asked me what our greatest need was, I told her it was sponsorships for the children. After I hung up, I sat there thinking, especially since we had just finished our budget for the next year. Our greatest need is actually Administrative and Program Service costs. Why is it easy to talk about the needs of the lay pastors and the children, but so difficult to say we need funding to run our operations? It is our policy that we take out 5% of donations for administrative and 5% out for Program Services. What is covered by Administrative Funds; Employee Payroll, Office Rent (which we are blessed to be paying only $100 per month, all utilities included), Telephone and Internet, Equipment, Printing, Postage, Shipping and Administrative Travel Expenses. Program Services is any expense that enables us to implement our programs, staffing for the various programs and vehicle expense. If these expenses weren’t provided for, then we would be forced to close our programs. That is not an option for us. Another huge challenge that we have is that every year more of our girls are leaving for both secondary school and for college. The expenses more than double per child. We do not have sponsors for all of our children so we must make up for the extra costs with our undesignated funds. In 2014 – 2015 we will need to raise an additional $40,000 to stay in operation. One thing we went away with at this meeting was that God has not asked us to do more than to go forward at this point. I don’t know how He will provide, but what I do know is that He will provide. He has never let us down in the past and I know beyond a shadow of doubt He will continue to keep us moving forward.
We solicit your prayer as we move forward.
Maasai Development Project