Part of serving alongside those in developing nations is to understand the very real and often difficult realities that so many must live with. One such reality for more than eighty percent of the world is poverty, and of that eighty percent, 10 percent live in extreme poverty. Should these numbers be accurate that would mean that close to 1.85 billion men, women, and children are living on less than $1.90 a day. That's an annual income of $693.50 per year!
Unfortunately, poverty and education are inseparably linked. The truth of the matter is that the higher availability a child has to educational opportunities the higher the likelihood of that child experiencing professional success and escaping the pains of poverty. However, the opposite is also true; the fewer opportunities made available to a child in poverty the greater likelihood that the cycle of poverty is passed onto yet another generation.
By providing educational opportunities we are not only helping children gain academic skills but we are quite literally propelling children out of the cycle of poverty! We're helping to protect children from the all too horrible effects of poverty such as; disease, malnutrition, exploitation, trafficking, low literacy, and numeracy skills, etc. You can define poverty by using economic terms - but it’s so much more than that.
BBI aims to provide hope for the hopeless, by helping families, especially children, escape the cycle of poverty through educational opportunities.
Current Schools In Operation
Currently, BBI partners with seven schools in Latin America. Each school is committed to helping children gain a excellent education while infusing each child with the Hope found in Christ. We believe that true hope is found in the life transforming work of Christ, and then the skills given through education can be used to change the trajectory of their life!
Many of our schools serve students in first through twelfth grade, with one school specializing specifically on special needs children .
It is important to note that BBI is not just concerned with primary and secondary educational efforts, but we are just as committed to helping students through their post-secondary schooling. We believe that children need to be given the opportunity and resources to gain skills that will in-turn help them go into society and bring long lasting reform. ,
Education may be important but unfortunately it’s not free. In order to provide hope and opportunity for children in need, we sponsor children at various stages of their educational career. Currently, we sponsor children in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary institutions. Sponsorship helps these children pay for the various costs that are associated with obtaining an education: tuition, uniforms, books, meals, etc.
Current BBI Students
Education is a powerful tool that can be used to end the effects of poverty and give a child what is needed for a brighter future. However, if all we gave was an opportunity for education without giving an opportunity for them to know and experience Jesus, can we really say that we have done them a service. BBI is committed to sharing the true hope found in Jesus, as such we want to afford our students with as many opportunities as possible to them to exercise their gifting for the Kingdom. For some, this means ongoing biblical and practical ministry training to help ensure the Hope of Christ is offered to many more.
BBI was birthed from a single trip to Colombia in 1995, since that time, BBI has taken many trips to Latin America, many of which have involved many of our partners. We believe every person should participate in at least one mission trip in their lifetime. It's through a short-term mission trip that God can begin to transform our world-views, causing us to bring change into every area of our lives. We welcome anyone who desires to Come, learn, and give of their time, energy and resources for those in need we can guarantee that you will be forever transformed.
BBI is a ministry built on relationships, as such, when various needs come to our attention, we pray while asking questions to best see how we can assist the project(s) already underway. We commonly help churches and schools build safe places for children to come, learn and grow. We are also committed to helping families obtain essential resources, such as food, water, clothing, and medical care. If you are interested in the needs needing to be met please sign up for the newsletter or call the main office.