JMI is ecstatic and proud to announce an amazing new corporate partnership with F.A.I.T.H Riders that will help us change the futures of hundreds of orphaned and abandoned children in Moldova.
F.A.I.T.H Riders is a Christian ministry for motorcycle enthusiasts who want to fold their love for Jesus into their common interest in riding. In December of 2011, Executive Director, Buddy Newsome and his wife Michele went on their first mission trip to Eastern Europe and were dramatically impacted by their encounters with the Moldovan kids we have come to love.
Already sponsoring two children since that initial trip, Buddy wanted to do even more. In the space of a month and a half, he and JMI Director, Steve Davis, conceived of an exclusive, multi-tiered sponsorship plan for F.A.I.T.H Riders to offer their over 220 chapters with a national footprint that encompasses thousands of members.
Three of the four sponsorship opportunities focus on resourcing JMI’s transitional living programs for boys and girls who have, or will be graduating from orphanages. These are an orphan’s most vulnerable years. Finding themselves completely independent after years of total dependency, yet without the benefit of a family to protect, encourage and support them, most will fall prey to devastatingly bad choices or the snares of child predators who profit greatly from their naïveté.
The F.A.I.T.H Riders sponsorship options are designed for individual chapters of the organization, and they include:
- THE FULL GROUP RIDE, a $280/month plan that covers every penny of our expenses for a child’s shelter, food, clothing, psychological care, life skills training, transportation expenses, medical and dental care, tuition and tutoring costs and other vocational, training and social work expenses we incur;
- THE RALLY RIDE, a $140/month plan that splits the actual cost of care with an individual JMI sponsor (as well as lowering that individual sponsor’s cost from its current level of $170/month!);
- THE FAITH HOUSE, a $100/month plan that supports the future purchase of additional transitional living facilities and capital needs so that we can provide for even more needy young people;
- THE SOLO RIDE, a $35/month plan for an individual F.A.I.T.H. Rider (instead of an entire chapter) that supports a child living in an orphanage, and provides the same benefits as our existing JMI Orphan Sponsorships.
What will be the impact of this new alliance for JMI with F.A.I.T.H Riders? Steve Davis says it has the potential to “accelerate our programming and the number of children we can rescue by no less than five years from where we projected just this year.” He goes on to point out that “it also sets an incredible and effective new precedent for demonstrating how a corporate charitable plan can be molded to the culture of that organization to create a winning situation for kids and companies alike.”
That’s great news for children who are lying in bed awake tonight wondering what will become of themselves in just over three months when they are discharged from the cocoon of their orphanages. “I can see the anxiety etched on their faces,” says Steve, “as we talk to them this week about their plans for life after orphanage.”
God is blessing the work of JMI in unprecedented ways right now, and you will be hearing even more exciting news in the coming months.