2019 in Review… 2020 in View
“The past is prelude.” A familiar adage to many. For the East 91st Street Christian Church Foundation, this saying has particular significance: 2019 marked the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary!
Since its founding, E91 Foundation has granted nearly $1.5 million to evangelical nonprofit ministries in Indianapolis and throughout the world. The generosity of our donors makes it all possible.
During 2019, E91 Foundation awarded grants totaling $116,381. Following are those organizations and/or individuals that received grants this past year:
- CRU/Deb Foxworth — $5,000 to support her ministry to high schoolers at Fishers High School in Indiana;
- CRU/Keith Spence — $5,000 for staff training in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia;
- E91 LIFT Campaign/Rapha House — $12,500 for Rapha International’s vocational-training program in Thailand;
- TCM (Taking Christ to Millions) International Institute — $5,000 to help bring TCM’s practical ministry-training program to Sierra Leone in West Africa;
- Young Life Indianapolis Eastside/YoungLives — $10,000 to send teen moms, along with their babies, and ministry leaders to a week-long summer camp at Timber Wolf Lake in Michigan and also to hire a part-time staff member;
- Allendale Christian Camp and Retreat Center — $2,700 for camper scholarships for E91 youth;
- E91/SAWS (Servants at Work) — $1,500 to build ramps for low-income area residents with permanent or long-term disabilities for entering/exiting their homes freely;
- White Fields Overseas Evangelism — $6,369 to help complete housing for short-term mission groups at Belmont Christian Church, St. Johns, Antiqua in the Caribbean;
- Bethany Christian Services — $4,800 to address the critical need for training and supporting foster families;
- Christian Missionary Fellowship (CMF) International/Jordan and Jaime Shelton — $2,000 for community outreach in the northeast region of Brazil, South America;
- CMF/Preston and Kristin Coursey — $5,000 to create Christ-centered communities in Chiang Mai, Thailand;
- Ken Nelson Ministries — $5,000 to market “Basic Christianity” video series to churches, Bible studies, and small groups;
- New Life Ministries — $5,000 to open a shelter for women and children in Huntington, Indiana;
- Chaplains at Work/Compass Indiana/David Toussaint — $2,500 for counseling E91 members and others that have lost their way financially;
- Christian HolyLand Foundation — $5,000 to grow and serve the Kingdom of God in Israel;
- IDES (International Disaster and Emergency Services) — $2,500 for assistance to terror-attack victims in Sri Lanka, $2,500 for a safe-water project in Myanmar, and $2,214 for worldwide ministry of responding to disasters;
- Jesus House — $4,000 to provide a Christian setting for prisoner re-entry;
- The Tolan Donor Advised Fund within the Foundation allocated three grants totaling $27,798 to the following ministries:
- Alexander Christian Foundation (college scholarships to Indiana students entering the ministry),
- Polish Christian Ministries, and Allendale Christian Camp and Retreat Center.
- In memoriam – On November 26, 2019, Jackie Long — as many of you know — went to be with the Lord. Before retiring, Jackie had served as a long-time E91 staff member. She also had been a former E91 Foundation board member and “Friend of the Foundation.” Many thanks to those of you that generously have made donations to E91 Foundation in Jackie’s memory.
- As 2020 unfolds, one of E91 Foundation’s 2019 grant recipients – Ken Nelson Ministries – has announced that its “Basic Christianity” video series — which premiered at E91 during 2019 — is expected to go “live” on the internet in 2020. The 2019 E91 Foundation grant is being utilized to help reach out to hundreds of church headquarters throughout the United States to promote “Basic Christianity.”
- Also in 2020, E91 Foundation and E91 church – in conjunction with Christian Financial Resources (CFR) – will co-host a “Will/Trust Seminar” at E91. Please consider joining us and watch for more details as they become available.
Incorporated in 1994, East 91st Street Christian Church started the E91 Foundation as a long-term Christian charitable entity separate from the church’s day-to-day business and budget. The Foundation was formed to provide members and friends with an opportunity to leave a long-lasting legacy of Christian service and missions through bequests, memorials, and gifts. The Foundation adheres to Christian beliefs and principles and provides a vehicle for the broader Christian community to remember Christ and give a portion of their family’s final assets or unexpected proceeds back to God.
St. Francis of Assisi said: “For it is in giving that we receive.” We invite you to prayerfully consider partnering with us by donating to the E91 Foundation. While a board maintains the endowment and grants funds to qualifying entities, donors can make contributions for specific purposes or create an endowed fund. The board then uses the interest each year within the donor’s guidelines to fund missions and ministries.
If you’re interested in making a one-time donation to the E91 Foundation, we can accept cash, check, or donation via PayPal. If a check, please make it payable to “East 91st Street Christian Church Foundation.” Checks or cash may be sent via regular mail to: East 91st Street Christian Church Foundation, 6049 E. 91st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46250. You may also make a one-time donation or a legacy memorial gift via PayPal on the Foundation’s donation page. Any E91 Foundation board member is also able to accept donations, answer questions, or help you through the process.
As E91 Foundation begins its second quarter century of faithful stewardship, please consider – if you haven’t already — leaving a lasting legacy for the support of Christian service. As we’re reminded in Acts 20:35: “It is more blessed to give than receive.” Indeed!