12 Things In 2020 That Made Us Smile

1.) In February we welcomed Dr. Todd Durell as our new Executive Director. In addition to a good sense of humor, he is passionate about our work and has a lot of great ideas both for right now as well as for the future of CGI.

2.) We saw our amazing support community rally with us in March and April to raise over $18,000. As a result, we’ve been able to donate 7,483 face masks to partners around the world, and to continue the work of empowering others in Cambodia.

3.) Over the summer a new partnership in Cameroon was formed. Every Saturday from July through September, a virtual Biblical Leadership class was held with leaders from a local church that has led to exponential growth for those congregations and numerous baptisms of new believers.

4.) Staff and students at the Green Mango Cafe & Bakery and Culinary Training Center  moved to a new location and after months of renovations officially opened the doors to the new facilities in October.

5.) Online sales for BYTAVI have hit all-time highs and Red Runway, a virtual event this year, made November the biggest month for online sales ever. In fact, this year’s virtual  event resulted in the most sales ever during Red Runway.

6.) Again our support community rallied with us to raise money to help with flood relief efforts in Cambodia and just this month we received a grant from IDES for $25K for this work.

7.) Seven Imprint Project students graduated and are now equipped with the skills needed to succeed in this world. Better yet, each of them has been introduced to Jesus and His love.

8.) We are preparing to welcome new students to the Culinary Training Center and Imprint Project in 2021.

9.) In the Dominican Republic one of our partners began using CGI’s Life Skills curriculum to help equip and prepare their students for graduation.

10.) We had the opportunity to give back to some of our partner churches here in Indiana by giving them masks to help other ministries with whom they partner.  They have been so generous to our ministry and it was a blessing to be able to help them help others.

11.) We welcomed Sinuon Chhorn as the new Phnom Penh Director of Operations.

12.) God has provided for, and continues to provide, for our ministry. He has blessed us through your prayers, your generosity, and your volunteer hours.

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