A Fantastic 5K!

Empower 5K participants in prayer before the race begins

CGI’s annual Empower 5K was Saturday, and the day could not have been better! The temperature was just cool enough, the sun was shining, and spirits were high as over 150 participants took to the trails at Eagle Creek Park!


It was truly an event for the whole family, with plenty of fun activities for kids after the race. Balloon animals, snow cones and games kept the little ones happy, and it was a great chance to be with others who share our vision. Many of the runners/walkers formed teams, and we want to give a HUGE ‘thank you’ to Heidi Nordhoff for organizing her team  of 50+ friends and family members to support CGI!


Each year draws more and more participants, and this year was our highest number yet!  It’s so encouraging to see new faces eager to make a difference in the lives of the poor, halfway around the world. Each participant played a role in not just supporting CGI’s programs, but in valuable Kingdom work. We’d love to see even more of you at next year’s event!


Thank you for making it a wonderful day!



2013 Fundraising & Celebration Gala

On the evening of Saturday, September 7, 2013, over 300 people gathered at the Conrad hotel in downtown Indianapolis to celebrate Center for Global Impact’s 5th anniversary.  It was an event to remember!

This was our 3rd annual gala and we were blessed with a record fundraising effort – over $178,000 was raised from incredibly generous donors. These funds will allow us to continue and grow our projects in Cambodia, and we are happy to announce that the new class of Culinary Training Center students is now fully funded! Center for Global Impact could not exist without the continued support & generosity of many.

The video below gives an example of how 2 lives have been impacted by CGI’s programs.  There are also some special “thank you’s” in the video for all those who help make this kind of life-changing impact a reality.

Thank you for helping us empower the poor and open doors for the Gospel!

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Miraculous Healing: Meet Riyon

Meet Riyon, a participant in CGI’s byTavi program.byTavi Team Member - Riyon (2) Her story of healing is nothing short of miraculous, especially to those who saw the conditions she overcame. Whitney Vance and Angie Harris are two witnesses of Riyon’s transformation that tell the story of answered prayers.

Whitney: My heart sank when I walked into the one-room shack that byTavi employee, Riyon, called home. Just a year earlier she was sitting upright in the place that she was now lying, unmoving. I could tell that it was hard for her to take a breath, and her thin shirt followed her concave stomach every time she exhaled. Her eyes stared straight at the ceiling, unblinking. Her mother-in-law sat on the dirt floor next to her head and adjusted Riyon’s head on the pillow that was the only form of comfort in the bare room.

A little more than a year earlier, Riyon had a stroke. Due to her culture, her family encouraged her to seek healing from the equivalent of the community “witch doctor.” Now, a year later, CGI President Chris Alexander and I sat next to Riyon on the dirt floor praying for her and trying to discern if a medical doctor could do anything to help at this point.

Angie: Over the next two weeks not much change had come to Riyon’s condition. That is when my team arrived to meet her. I am a nurse by training and very accustomed to working in the high tech world of American medicine. But here, in Cambodia without a variety of tests or medications, I felt powerless. I showed her family how to help her perform exercises and deep breathing and suggested some changes to her medications. The best thing we did was lay our hands on her and pray.

In the way that He works miracles, two days later we went back to see Riyon and found her awake, alert and able to get up and walk with some assistance. I received a video about a month after I got home that showed her walking independently several yards outside her home in the alley. God truly is still in the miracle business.

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By Whitney Vance and Angie Harris

Welcome, Caroline!

linkedinWhen CGI President Chris Alexander handed me a note with Caroline Mosey’s name and phone number, I could hardly wait to contact her. That was two years ago. Caroline had volunteered her writing skills and publishing connections to further CGI’s mission. Since then, Caroline and I have not only become friends, but partners in communicating CGI’s innovative ministry that enables Cambodian families to rise above poverty level through seamstress and culinary training programs.

When my husband Al and I decided to retire this year, Caroline became my logical replacement. While looking forward to my new role of volunteer advocate, I have loved working as CGI’s first Communications Coordinator. One of my many CGI blessings has been working with people who fervently desire to serve Jesus through helping the poor. Those, both here and in Cambodia, have made me a better person. For that, I’m grateful. I’m also thankful for Caroline.

“I first became passionate about the issue of trafficking when I heard Jessica Thorne from Purchased speak at Common Ground Christian Church. I’d just had my first daughter and something clicked when I thought of that issue in terms of her, and the world she would be a part of, and the innocence of young girls.” Caroline realizes God’s desire for her is to help CGI prevent human trafficking.

A busy mother of three (Jude 5; Ada 3; Gwyn 3 months), Caroline works for CGI writing, editing, gathering information/prayer requests, and overseeing publicity. Married eight years this October, Ted and Caroline both vocationally help the impoverished, Ted as Development Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Indianapolis and Caroline as CGI’s Communications Coordinator.

Welcome, Caroline!

By Joyce Long