Annual Report 2014
Fiscal year 2015 marks another turning point for TeachBeyond as we introduce a new strategic plan entitled, “Vision for Transformation 2020.” The prospects for the future are exciting, but our look forward does not diminish our enthusiasm for the amazing things we have seen God do over the last few years and particularly in 2014.
As we review 2014 we are grateful for the growth in new members, students, programs, and supporters. If there is one regret, it is that the personal stories of Holy Spirit transformation are difficult to communicate in a short summary statement of the year’s activities. Nevertheless, as you review the reports and statistics which follow,
I am sure you will want to join me in celebrating what God has done.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your prayers, gifts, words of encouragement, and support for our projects and team members who serve faithfully across the globe. We would also like to thank our Board of Directors for their commitment, wise counsel, and oversight in 2014.
With gratitude to God for what He has done this past year and over 60 years of fruitful ministry, we look forward to 2015 and the years ahead. Together, with our partners and through the power of God’s indwelling Spirit, we trust God to use TeachBeyond to accomplish even more for the honor and glory of our Lord.
George Durance, Ph.D.
We wholeheartedly desire to serve our Father’s world, to love Jesus Christ, and to see individuals and societies transformed by His Spirit through education.
As followers of Jesus we are an international organization providing transformational education to children and adults. We offer teaching and learning services to all regardless of gender, ethnicity, or religion in order to promote holistic personal growth and enduring social benefit.
The name TeachBeyond best captures in two simple words our understanding of the Great Commission in Matthew 28, in which Jesus says, “Go and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.” The word beyond suggests crossing geographic and cultural boundaries. It also indicates our commitment to teaching beyond one-dimensional, utilitarian forms of education to a comprehensive, holistic form that fosters personal, transformational growth, and enduring social benefit.
Our name reflects both our organizational mission as well as our challenge to Christians to think beyond their current context, to encourage their growth as transformational educators, to inspire them to get involved, and to help them go where God is leading them.
2014 saw nearly 120 new full-time members from 5 TeachBeyond sending countries (US, Canada, UK, Brazil, Switzerland) begin serving outside of their home countries. We are also anticipating continued growth in 2015 as the service opportunities and our global recruiting capacity continue to grow.
2014 highlights included: 10 quality additions to our North American administrative team; improved collaboration between administrative services due to web-based technology; a new 403b plan and overseas insurance plan options; a successful global conference; and 2 medical miracles—e.g., a return to work after a serious accident and a successful organ transplant.
2014 saw the beginnings of a global platform for a member survey, global policy and strategy development, and growth in local support. We initiated a coaching project with 12 trained coaches to support our new members. Continuity and simultaneous growth occurred in Germany.
new members in 2014
up from 85 in 2013,
435 members total
countries with TeachBeyond
members in 2014,
up from 35 countries in 2013
La Amistad School: In a crime-ridden suburb of Asuncion, La Amistad is a Daycare – Grade 9 Christian school for children affected by extreme poverty. In 2009, missionary Alfred Klassen was brutally attacked and stabbed 7 times by local youth. He forgave his assailers, then with his wife and church, founded the school.
“The school is like a miracle in this community,” a mother recently shared. “I just pray that my son will be able to continue to attend. Hopefully the teachings will help him build a good life for himself.” Helen Vaughan and Howard Dueck visited this school which is part of a network of 4 schools. We have been asked to provide teachers for their ESL program. This partnership is new, but TeachBeyond has ministered in Paraguay for decades, through radio and camp work. We anticipate increasing our outreach in Paraguay.
active email accounts
in Office 365
people with Office
The following is a word of testimony from the 2014 Moldova camp:
This year, our partners in southern Moldova had over 100 campers for the first time. On the Saturday morning before camp began, the team was sharing devotions at the campground, when Roma Malancea looked out of the window and saw 3 Roma (Gypsy) kids in the parking lot. They were alone, so he went out to ask whence they had come and why they were there. The 3 were from a village close to one of the partner churches and had been dropped off by a man from their village (who had already left). They were twin 9-year-old brothers and a 12-year old sister. Roma decided they had to let them stay, although they were too young and not originally invited!
All 3 accepted Christ and have since come to church, accompanied by their mother.
visits from tablet and
mobile devices in 2014,
up from 4,181 visits in 2013.
page views in 2014,
up from 93,286 visits in 2013.
What does a rope have to do with board governance? Both the national board and the school board of TeachBeyond in the Democratic Republic of Congo met in October for initial training of how to operate using the principles of policy governance. Much thought went into the preparation as we were communicating through translation and introducing new concepts. The training needed to be meaningful, memorable, and applicable. After the training, and in subsequent correspondence, the attendees used the concrete examples to refer to how things should be structured. They were very encouraged in moving forward.
What about the rope? It represents policies the board writes. If the policies are too loose, CEOs can wiggle out of them and do just what they want. If the rope is too tight, it can strangle CEOs and not allow them enough leeway to get things done.
equipped in 2014
The Lifelong Learning (LLL) focus of TeachBeyond was revamped in early 2014 and continues to be in development. We launched a Resource Hub to connect members to helpful sources that will assist in life and ministry. In addition, we developed a number of proposals for approval. These include an annual Competency/Wellness Plan for all members as well as a focus on spiritual formation. We offered training in the Congo (DRC) in October for both the TeachBeyond DRC national board and the new school board. We are reworking the TeachBeyond Institute, and are considering launching it in Germany next summer. Finally, attention will be given to designing online learning courses in 2015.
The work in Southeast Asia continues to thrive with countless stories of God calling people to Himself. Sarah (name changed for security reasons) is an example of how God is using English teaching to change lives. Sarah joined our work as an accountant in January having never heard about Christ and knowing very little English. She lived a life filled with a profound thirst for truth but had only found darkness and pain. Through her employment with TeachBeyond she was able to attend our English classes and develop a deep relationship with the Christian teachers and staff. One Sunday in March, after hearing her English teacher give a sermon on how Jesus Christ can truly quench our thirst for truth, Sarah made a commitment to Christ. On Easter Sunday she was baptized. Through the power of her testimony and commitment to Christ many others are now hearing about Christ for the first time. Sarah is one of 3 staff members in this local office who came to Christ this year.
In 2014 there were 9 camps in Brazil, Germany, Portugal, Moldova, a sensitive country in Eastern Europe, and our first camp in the Philippines. We sent over 80 staff to work with over 70 local staff to serve 300 campers. Over 50 campers chose to follow Christ. In most locations, there is follow-up through the local church or in school.
We have new staff working in English curriculum development: Sue Schmidt and Suzanne Carter. Sue Schmidt will also be working as Regional Camp Coordinator for Asia and South America. Steve Fladda and Jim Pierce have joined to serve as Regional Camp Coordinators for Europe and Eurasia (respectively).
The Language Centre in Southeast Asia is fully staffed except for the role of Director. Classes in English, the local language, and Korean are being taught. The Bridge Language Centre in Kandern, Germany continues under the leadership of Cherie Antrim. TESOL staff are being sought for all regions.
campers at English
Camps in 6 countries
on loan to TeachBeyond
2014 started out with a bang, though not the sort of bang you want. A fall left Laura Hewett with a 1% chance of being able to walk again. One year later, physical therapy continues along with prayers for further healing. With the support of canes Laura is able to walk to school. She returned to the classroom to teach English at BFA in September.
The physical transformation from being bedridden to motoring under her own strength is incredible. However, it pales in significance when compared to the inner transformation. Laura is steadfast in her love and trust in God when many in her circumstances would doubt. She is realistic about the difficulties she faces and the desire to be fully healed when many would give in to self-pity. Laura is concerned about her students and their well-being when many would be inwardly focused. This is God-inspired transformation.
national legal offices
around the globe
God brought a multitude of people to administratively support the growing work of TeachBeyond this year. He added expertise to our Finance and IT departments, brought us an Advancement team, grew our Mobilization team, and multiplied our Donor Services capabilities.
Attracting and sending out 105 new workers—which involves working with thousands of donors, managing thousands of inquiries, and walking alongside hundreds of candidates—was no small feat. By His grace we had the horsepower to facilitate it all. Additionally, we were continually blessed: we saw families and young couples, who thought they were unable to go abroad to serve (due to lack of funds), have remarkable amounts of support come in short order following an anxious and humble call to prayer. It has been a humbling year for all of us. We pray for an even more miraculous year in 2015.
As we walk through the crowded market, people bump into each other, merchants shout, and a young woman sweeps the dust away from the front of her store. Suddenly, the teacher I am walking with stops. When I look at him he is using sign language to communicate with three young men who are deaf. Their silence is palpable in contrast to the noise that surrounds us. Here, in this creative access country, is a group of people entirely without a Gospel witness – those who are deaf and hard of hearing.
In this context, one TeachBeyond couple works tirelessly with national teachers of the deaf. Their work is complicated by various versions of local sign language and the prevailing attitude that disabled people can never accomplish much. Despite these difficulties, they have daily opportunities to witness through their lives and words, reaching those whom we seldom hear about but who are precious in God’s sight.
schools in contact
In September, 2014, Stephen Pasiciel joined TeachBeyond in the role of North American Director of Advancement. He and the newly-formed Advancement team of Sherri Plett, Lynn Paterson, and Pam Sanderlin are directly engaged in seeking out people who share the vision of TeachBeyond and who will partner financially with us.
Throughout the remainder of 2014, we created policy to guide the organization in its fundraising efforts, made plans to bring new members to the Advancement team in 2015, hosted over 50 people for an Alumni (former TeachBeyond member) reunion, and delivered 4 fundraising events in Canada and the United States.
in Canada and the
What a great and mighty God we serve! He has proven faithful in 2014! Here are a few highlights:
|US Donations for Missions||$5,837,253||$7,370,037|
|CA Donations for Missions||$1,900,547||$2,094,900|
|US General Donations||$149,114||$130,636|
|CA General Donations||$226,573||$177,441|
|US Fund-Raising Events||–||$3,971|
|CA Fund-Raising Events||$50,627||$54,230|
|US Other Revenues||$32,178||$29,867|
|CA Other Revenues||$19,145||$24,212|
|Revenues Over Expenses||($85,553)||$38,498|
|US Members’ Salaries & Benefits||$4,195,251||$5,051,450|
|CA Members’ Salaries & Benefits||$1,138,783||$1,170,457|
|US Service Expenses||$769,424||$1,114,436|
|CA Service Expenses||$492,014||$562,446|
|US Reserves for Future Mission Expenses||$184,548||$379,976|
|CA Reserves for Future Mission Expenses||$60,099||$133,971|
|US General Administration||$680,034||$664,372|
|CA General Administration||$493,948||$482,941|
|US Global Services||$249,296||$250,629|
|CA Global Services||$37,593||$36,118|
|Support for Missions||$9,329,937 (94%)|
|General Donations||$308,077 (3%)|
|Foundations, Fund-Raising Events & Other||$247,280 (3%)|
|Members’ Salaries & Benefits||$6,221,907 (63%)|
|Service Expenses||$1,676,882 (17%)|
|Reserves for Future Mission Expenses||$513,947 (5%)|
|General Administration||$1,147,313 (12%)|
|Global Services||$286,747 (3%)|
At TeachBeyond we believe these things, too, and this year we have made great strides towards the vision God has given to us. These successes are blessings from God made possible through supporters who share these convictions and vision with us.
As you have given and prayed, and God has blessed, TeachBeyond’s global ministry has seen: