I have heard over and over (and seen first-hand) how big of a need there is for this program in Allendale; there is not much else for kids to do in this area. We want to provide these children with a safe and positive place to be, and to give them hope and encouragement for their futures. In the past 6 weeks, I have been privileged to be a part of these kids lives (we started out with an average of 80+ kids per day, but have now leveled out to a more manageable 70 each day).
We would love for you to be a part of what God has for us in this area. Here are three ways that you can do so. They are exclusive, so pick the one(s) that is (are) the best fit for what God wants from you.
Fill out this form so that we can make sure you stay connected with what is going on with our family. We will keep you posted with what is going on in Allendale and with our family, and be able to share prayer requests. You will get no more than 1 or 2 emails per month.
The Boys & Girls Club is just re-launching in this area, and we rely almost completely on donations. Therefore, although I am grateful for what the organization can pay me, it is nowhere near enough for our family to live on. We have looked into several options, including a mornings-only job working in the public school system or teaching at USC-Salkehatchie (in chemistry) in the fall. Even if that works out, we think that we need to find additional sources of income.
Through our church (Grace Church), who has been working in Allendale for a couple of years now, we are working to raise support as missionaries. From my rough estimates, I think we need to raise somewhere between $1000 - $2000 each month. If we can bring in closer to the upper end of this range, that would give us a lot more flexibility with our time (that is, I wouldn't need to work so much at a second job). It would give me more time with my family, more time to volunteer (such as in the schools), more time to build relationships, and more time to write (and think and plan).
If you want to support us financially, you can make your tax-deductible check out to "Grace Church" and write "Allendale Mission - Espinosa" in the memo line. If you are not a part of this church, you can mail the check to:
2801 Pelham Rd
Greenville, SC 29681
Note while we do need a number of folks to support us monthly, any one-time gifts will be gratefully accepted, too. To help us plan as we move forward, if you do plan on donating money to this cause, please take a moment to fill out this anonymous survey.
Other Ways to Support Allendale
We are working on other ways that you can be a support, whether through donation of supplies for the Boys & Girls Club, through serving in short-term projects, and through other avenues. For opportunities in Allendale that are outside of the Boys & Girls Club, feel free to check out the Culturally-Engaged website, or email Jeff Randolph.
As always, if you have any questions, please leave a comment or email me.