Mission: Developing Entrepreneurs in Buea, Cameroon (2014)
Organized by: Donna Bouie
Donna Bouie via Crowdrise
July 10, 2014
EVENT DATE Aug 30, 2014
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!