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Mission: Developing Entrepreneurs in Buea, Cameroon (2014)

Organized by: Donna Bouie

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Donna Bouie via Crowdrise
July 10, 2014

For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will but the will of him that sent me. ~John 6:38 See More

EVENT DATE Aug 30, 2014

THE STORY:

I have been invited to become a part of the Bethel-Cameroon missionary family in Buea, Cameroon to support that ministries' business development initiatives. Initially, my assignment will last six month. For several years, the Lord has pressed upon my heart the call to undertake long-term mission assignments in West Africa. After several stops and starts, looking for the right locale and ministry fit, the door has 'finally' opened wide in Buea, Cameroon.

Bethel-Cameroon is a conglomerate of ministries that includes the Bethel Cameroon School of Supernatural Ministry (BCSSM), Daughters of Destiny (DOD), and Buea Destiny Center (BDC). Their missionary focus is to bring about paradigm shifts to create Kingdom cultures and mindsets through teaching, training and empowerment. When an individual's mindset shifts, they are more able to enjoy the victorious Kingdom life God desires. In Buea specifically, and West Africa generally, the mindsets are continually in survival mode. In order to change the economic environment, those mindsets must change.

Through work undertaken by DOD, Bethel-Cameroon hopes to become more self-sustainable by launching its own business enterprises. Doing so further expands the ministry's reach, provides job and allows it to expand its programs into other provinces. The BDC, a business incubator launched earlier this year, provides in-depth business planning and financial resource assistance to aspiring small business owners.

My mission assignment is to work closely with the BDC to to provide business startup, entrepreneurial coaching and implementation training and support. With respect to DOD, I will be helping them strengthen their entrepreneurial efforts to ensure the ministry is able to achieve its goal of sustainability

One of the biggest obstacles to long-term missions is in making the decision to walk away from family, friends and life as you know it, in order to travel to a foreign country to live and serve as a volunteer. Missions are non-compensated and I am going strictly as a volunteer attached to the Bethel-Cameroon ministry. As such, I must bear all the costs associated with my stay there. I need to raise enough money to sustain me during the entire six-month stay and provide for my return to the U.S. in early 2015.

Both Bethel-Cameroon and I are excited about my involvement with their ministry and we believe God has divinely joined us at the perfect time to inspire, empower and equip individuals to advance as business owners. The business incubator is already training a group of individuals by helping them shift how they view finances and business ownership. I will provide additional support to program graduates by helping them further develop the entreprenerial mindset and strategies needed to actually launch their business. I've been doing this kind of work in the U.S. for many years now, but my heart's desire has always been to take my unique gifts and talents to where they are most needed. Cameroon is that place, but I cannot fulfill this assignment without your support.

Your donation will provide free entrepreneurial development services to residents of an impoverished area desperately in need of the kind of knowledge and expertise we take for granted here in the United States. I can't wait to touch lives in Buea and to share those success stories with you!! Can I count on your support?

Here are the expenses covered by this fundraiser:

Airfare (r.t.) $3,000

Airport transportation to and from Buea (r.t.) $200

Visa (entry & exit) $175

Vaccinations (yellow fever, typhoid, tetanus, etc.) $200

Anti-malaria meds (daily) Cost TBD. I have to start them before departure and continue buying them over-the-counter after I arrive.

Rent $1,680 ($280/mo.)

Food $3,600 ($600/mo.)

Phone credit $100/mo

Grand Total: $9,455

After evaluating missions in other parts of West Africa, I found Cameroon was more economical and the costs were well within reason for a six-month stay. Food will be my largest monthly expense. I really don't eat much (seriously!) but it costs so much more to buy and prepare food there than it does in the U.S. I'm not an extravagant person so if there are ways to economize, I will definitely find them. There are more expenses associated with this mission but the above represents the absolute essentials required to secure my stay for the duration.

Please donate as much as you can. This is a non-tax deductible gift and any contribution you make is going directly to me to cover the expenses I listed. I know that any gift is a sacrifice, so please know that I am deeply grateful and eternally appreciative of your help.

Visit my website (dmariebouie.com) or connect with me on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram (dmariebouie) to keep in touch. I'll be sharing updates and blogging about my journey so supporters can share this entire experience with me. It's been a long time in the making and I am trusting God to not only provide for me but to bless those whose lives I touch in Cameroon. Without a doubt, I know God will bless your giving. He always does. :>)

May God bless and prosper you!

Donna

$520

 

5% Raised of $9,455 Goal

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  • Aisha Harris

    $20

  • Samantha Smith

    $20

  • Will and Kelly McGlenn

    $20

  • LaKesha

    $20

  • Duane and Keisha

    $20

  • Janel

    $30

  • Nelda Sims

    $20

  • Angel Lewis

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Darryl and Nina Moore

    $25

  • Jody Byrd

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Terry and Jane Lursen

    $60

  • Jasmyne Muhammad

    $20

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Donor Comments

Jasmyne Muhammad

Jasmyne Muhammad

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Terry and Jane Lursen

Terry and Jane Lursen

DONATION: $60

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

Let the light of God's glory continue to shine through you and those you touch. 4 years ago

Jody Byrd

Jody Byrd

DONATION: $40

4 years ago

Darryl and Nina Moore

Darryl and Nina Moore

DONATION: $25

Our prayers are with you for safe travels as you do the work he has called you to do! 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Angel Lewis

Angel Lewis

DONATION: $100

Good luck and Be blessed! 4 years ago

Nelda Sims

Nelda Sims

DONATION: $20

Donna, I pray that God use you in a mighty way and that you will continue to impact lives! 4 years ago

Janel

Janel

DONATION: $30

4 years ago

Duane and Keisha

Duane and Keisha

DONATION: $20

We are so excited for you Donna. Love Ya 4 years ago

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