TRIBAL LEARNING CENTERS
The Philippines Tribal Learning Centers (TLC) project seeks to transform rural communities by equipping local churches to meet the critical educational needs in their midst. While the Church of God in the capital city of Manila provides high quality education through their accredited primary and secondary schools, many Church of God families in remote communities have little access to such education. TLCs will bridge this gap by harnessing rural congregations with the tools and technology to offer on-line classrooms in their local communities.
PHASE 1: COMMUNITY CONNECTION HUBS
Phase 1 of this project creates wifi zones at local churches through the installation of an antenna and router at each site. In addition to laying the foundation for TLCs, this connectivity has 3 immediately profound impacts on the church and community:
Visitors purchase wifi through a special vending machine at the church which grants them access to temporary internet connection. At the end of the month, marginal income is used to pay church bills, pastors salaries, and other ministry expenses.
In rural communities, access to wifi is difficult to obtain. By making wifi available at the church, the building becomes a destination and place of connectivity for the community. This in turn offers new opportunities for the pastor and congregants to build relationships with, and minister to, those around them.
In addition to church expenses, a percent of the income is also dedicated to transportation allowances for pastors planting and tending to new churches in more remote locations. As weekly tithing often falls short of being able to cover such expenses, this project boosts local missions movements in new and exciting ways.
The total cost per Community Connection Hub is $3,700.
This amount covers the purchase and installation of one wifi antenna, satellite, and vending machine. The goal of this project is to eventually equip 20 hubs.
Project # 42.30041
“The local pastor and members of the church understand the importance of having TLC’s situated at the church location. First, the church becomes the center of community as the Lord has designed it. Second, members become more involved in the educational mission of the church and in serving. Third, the outcome of the graduates can greatly affect the church body at large, thus slowly transforming the church out of its current situation for generations to come.”
Edgardo and Ivy So, Project Managers
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