#GivingTuesday is Back!

Last year, SIFAT received $108,080 in one day from donors during #GivingTuesday. Of that, $34,050 was matching funds provided by the Global Ministries of United Methodist Church. Overall, Advance projects raised $6.5 million on #GivingTuesday 2013! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who participated last year!

This year, you have the opportunity to give again on Dec. 2, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The goal of #GivingTuesday is to give back to nonprofit organizations after all of the shopping that takes place on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Because of matching funds, you can double your gift!

Here are this year’s rules for UMC #GivingTuesday:

  1. Go to SIFAT’s Advance page. When donating online through the Advance, no processing fees will be taken from your gift!
  2. Matching gifts begin at 12 a.m. Dec. 2 (EST). Double check your time zone. You may need to donate on the night of Dec. 1! Global Ministries is matching gifts up to the first $1 million donated online. Last year, the matching gifts were met within the first 30 minutes.
  3. Individual gifts can receive a match of up to $2,500, and SIFAT is eligible to receive up to $25,000 in matching gifts.
  4. Do you want us to send you a personal reminder, or do you have questions? E-mail Marie, lanierm@sifat.org, for more information.

Learn & Serve: Summer Experience 2014 Wrap-Up

This summer, 605 students and individuals — from 31 different churches throughout 9 states — attended our week-long Learn & Serve Summer Experience. They began each week living in our Global Village, picking food from the village garden and cooking foods more common to the 10 countries represented (Liberia, Uganda, Nigeria, India, the Philippines, Nepal, Cote d’Ivoire/The Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Bolivia and Guatemala). 

Students enjoy preparing dinner in Cote d’Ivoire.

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Bolivia: Mt. Bethel UMC Men in Quesimpuco

Our last Bolivian team of the year is in Quesimpuco this week. Each year, Mt. Bethel UMC takes an all men’s team to this remote area high in the Andes Mountains. John Moxley, a former team member, has received a few phone calls from the team and shared with friends and family what the team has been doing. In Quesimpuco, the only communication available is through a satellite phone or one phone at the town hall. There are no current pictures to accompany this post, but John has done a great job adding details from his personal experiences to explain what the team is experiencing. 

SIFAT teams have been helping the people of Quesimpuco for almost two decades. Within this beautiful landscape, daily life is a struggle with harsh obstacles. But, the people are improving their lives with education and opportunity! We are seeing a generation of young adults returning to serve their own people.

Saturday Update

Yesterday went better than expected:  a long drive, an enjoyable picnic beside a lake with flamingos, and most importantly: no problems!  No flats, mechanical issues or overly bad road conditions.  Given what they just drove through, this is an accomplishment. They arrived at about 9:15 p.m., and it is, indeed, a tiring drive.  The last several hours are very off road, plus being in a car for 11+ hours is just no fun. However, the team had enough energy to unpack and have a devotional.  While Carey did the first devo, each team member will have a turn this week.  Additionally, Carey set the team up with a daily scripture to read and focus on. Our team is covered up with God’s word, fellowship among themselves, and prayer from you.  Great things are bound to happen!

Job Opportunities at SIFAT

Nov. 1, 2014 Update: We are no longer taking applications for these positions. Thank you for your interest in SIFAT

We get questions about the possibility of working at SIFAT and how we find our staff. Guess what? SIFAT currently has openings for two positions: campus director and campus program manager. Please help spread the word that we are looking for new staff members to fill these important positions. If you are interested in applying for one of these, please submit your resume to SIFAT administrator Terry Haynes, haynest@sifat.org.

Campus Director

Classification: Full time/Salaried

This position is under the supervision and direction of the Executive Director. Persons applying should have good organizational skills, as well as strong communication and interpersonal abilities. The Campus Director will also be available to promote SIFAT campus programs in churches and at other events.

Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for directing, coordinating and supervising all campus programs, staff and facilities. Currently, the programs are the Learn & Serve Summer Experience and Learn & Serve Retreats, which includes one-day field trips.
  • Responsible to coordinate staff, facility and logistical needs for other programs that take place on the campus, such as trainings and special events
  • Work with the Executive Director to plan, recruit, organize and implement work and service projects on the campus with volunteer work teams
  • Work with the Executive Director to coordinate, plan and implement programs on the campus, manage budgets and oversee use and maintenance of buildings and grounds.
  • Responsible for overseeing the maintenance of facilities and grounds, as well as work with cafeteria staff and the Campus Administrator to insure food service needs are provided as needed
  • Promote SIFAT campus programs in churches and at other events

Campus Program Manager

Classification: Full time/Salaried

This position is under the supervision and direction of the Campus Director.

Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with the Campus Director in collaboration with the training department to design and implement campus programs that are relevant to core values of SIFAT
  • Recruit and make recommendations regarding hiring summer counselor staff
  • Recruit and manage volunteers to assist with tasks and events on campus
  • Make recommendations regarding program pricing and design to the Campus Director
  • Collaborate with the Campus Director to implement campus programs
  • Promote and market SIFAT as speaking opportunities, mission fairs or events



Worship on the Water 2014

It’s almost time for Worship on the Water (WOW) 2014! Sponsored by SIFAT, WOW is a casual, nondenominational worship service held at Lakeside Marina in Wedowee, Ala., Sundays at 9 a.m. from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Each week features a different speaker and musician. Whether you are a local resident or a weekend visitor, we hope to see you at WOW this summer!

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