Sustainable Funding and Partnership
Josip Pastor with his car
We continue to enable partners to set up small businesses and raise funds in creative ways to make sure the support that you give goes as far as possible. Here are a couple of recent stories from partners in North Macedonia.
In early 2023 we sent a loan, alongside a grant, to support the refurbishment of an apartment owned by a church in Struga, where our partners Emil and Vesna Puzderlievi serve. They’ve had their first customers visit this beautiful part of the world and it is generating a small income to enable their work of evangelism and discipleship on the edge of Lake Ohrid.
Addressing the issue of financial sustainability does not have a one size fits all solution and we use match-funding as an alternative way to help partners. During the summer, Josip and Biljana Pastor, church leaders in Bitola, made us aware of their need for a car. A car is essential to ministry in the Balkans where often pastors travel to various communities to serve and share the gospel. Josip and Biljana already had some funding they could put towards the car and we were able to help.
But cars are increasingly expensive and more funding was needed, so we contacted our friends at WorldShare who also support the work of the Church in North Macedonia.
They prayed and decided to provide the funds needed so Josip and Biljana could buy a car. This is a great example of how God provides, and how TEN and WorldShare have been able to work together to support our partners and equip God’s people.
By James Vaughton, CEO at TEN