Building A Brighter Future
Community Highlight: Impact Africa
In Thousandfold, we seek to spark collaboration and connectivity that leads to global impact. In May of 2023, members launched the Impact Africa Community, a gathering of leaders who are passionate about Africa and want to explore the impact that God is having on this diverse and dynamic continent.
This community provides opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals, hear from inspiring speakers, and discover what’s possible when we unite under a common goal. Members are invited to come and be a part of this transformational experience and discover how they can play a role in shaping the future of Africa.
In October 2022, Thousandfold members Christian Hilliard (June 2019 Halftime Fellow), Bruce White (November 2020 Halftime Fellow), and Greg Holsinger (March 2022 Halftime Fellow) said “yes” to an Impact Experience in Rwanda alongside Dale Dawson (Halftime Board Member) and Marsha Gordon (Halftime Coach). Outside of the bustling hub of Kigali, they visited the remote village of Sunzu.
Their encounter with the local preschool revealed a huge need: overcrowded classrooms and children being taught on the steps of the building due to limited space. They quickly learned that 120 kids were eagerly waiting for a space to open…for an opportunity to learn and grow.
“How much would building a space for these 120 kids cost?” they inquired. The $34,000 USD response elicited a quick “yes!” from the trio.
This seamlessly aligned with Bruce’s construction expertise, Greg’s recent business sale in the preschool sector, and Christian’s commitment to fostering employment opportunities.
Over the following four months, the group monitored construction progress via video chats, actively contributing their insights and expertise. Collaborating with Jibu — a project led by Thousandfold member Randy Welsch (Halftime Institute 2010) — they ensured a vital supply of fresh, clean water. Additionally, they provided space for the Yambi Women’s Coop – another impactful member-led project — empowering these women to exhibit their work.
As talented, passionate individuals, Christian, Bruce, Greg, Randy, and Chris each certainly would have made an impact. But by collaborating together, leveraging their unique gifts and talents, these members orchestrated multiplied impact through a pivotal opportunity meant “for such a time as this.”
Their contribution not only built a preschool but also generated employment for 54 adults, predominantly women, which will help sustain the community for generations to come. The grand opening in September 2023 welcomed 120 children on the cusp of their educational journey. Each student will also receive daily support from OneEgg —yet another impactful initiative led by community member, Chris Ordway (Halftime Program 2011).
The lasting significance of this project resonates deeply. These leaders’ investment in Sunzu promises a legacy that will positively shape future generations. Check out these clips of impact and be encouraged!