We, the Timothy Group Incorporated, know that you are looking for a successful nonprofit capable of fulfilling promise. Our organization is an investment and like any investment, we want you to see assurances that The Timothy Group is a “good bet”. Therefore, the content of this document will prove that ours is a credible nonprofit organization with the capacity to carry out a well-planned program—a program fulfilling the needs of our communities. We have successfully provided service to our communities. We are currently meeting needs in the United States and around the globe. We need your help to sustain our success.
Tuition from our events goes to the materials, supplies, rentals, and equipment repair necessary to conduct the event. No monies go to the staff or the general operation of The Timothy Group, Inc.
Personal investments from the staff and board members maintain our vehicle fleet, pay the rent of our warehouse, pay insurances, and fund the missions trips and relief programs.
At this time the staff has depleted their savings accounts and this extinguished their ability to fund The Timothy Group further.
The current economic climate has caused several our supporters to decrease their amount and or interval of donations.
STATEMENT OF NEED
The problem is that The Timothy Group lacks a permanent home. Our students and their parents mandate that we have a property on which we can build our physical school.
(i) Description: The heart of our inability to serve more students is a need for a permanent location where we can ministry to the needs of those we serve. The issue our community is facing is lack of trust based on our inability to hold our events in a permanent location.
(ii) Geography: The Timothy Group is based out of Columbus, Georgia. We maintain a 4000 square foot warehouse. Within the warehouse have an office space and a classroom space. We currently hold events all over the continental United States, wherever we can borrow land. 300 acres for the advanced land navigation course, seven acres for the obstacle course, one acre for the rappel training, and so on. Our students come from around the world to grow from the biblical education we provide.
1) We desire to build our campus near Columbus, Georgia. The minimum acreage necessary to hold our events is 600 acres. For growth purposes, we are looking for 6000 acres. We have met with representatives from WESTVACO, Georgia Pacific and other land holders. We have several property options from 300 to 6000 acres priced at $2000.00 per acre. We are also working with the City of Columbus for staff offices and warehouse space at 6250 Warm Springs road. We are working with the Columbus school district at the Bealwood Elementary School on Alexander Street. We are looking into the Fall Line Quarry on Grey Rock Road as well. We are interested in the Sears building at 5555 Whittlesey Blvd, #3000 Columbus Park Crossing.
2) Population: The Timothy Group meets the spiritual needs of the human male. We value the entire spectrum of humanity and all demographic factors including: age (9-119), race or ethnicity (God created them all thus we embrace them all) economic status (There at no boundaries based on income).
3) Facts: In the year 2000, CHALLENGE began in a North Georgia backyard with six students. A few years later we moved from there to a tree farm in Alabama with thirty students. That property became unusable when the trees were harvested. Our growing student body of sixty-six then used property on Fort Benning Georgia 2009 and 2010 until large military units were resigned to the post making training time impossible to request. We then operated on a farm in West Georgia 2011 and 2012 we even built a seventeen stage obstacle course with designs by the US Army Corps of Engineers and large yellow equipment donated by supporters. Due to family use limits by the owners and extended family, we are not able to use this property on the weekends which is the optimal time for our students. So we left that property and or equipment behind. Learning from that mistake we have been looking to own property ever since. We have borrowed and rented property for our events in Texas, Arkansas, Ohio, Georgia, and Alabama. God is growing our ministry to mentor more than 1157 young men annually. We need a private location to house our gear, vehicles, educational supplies, staff and students
a) For the past five years The Timothy Group has attended the Southeast Homeschool Expo in Atlanta, GA. Each year we meet families who are genuinely interested in sending their child to our program. When they find out we are not housed specific location they see this as an obstacle that prevents them from registering their child. We have lost at least 126 students to circumstance.
b) Other parents choose not to register with our programs because we cannot sustain regular meeting. A permanent location with fixed elements would solve this dilemma. As it stands right now, each time we run an obstacle course or rappel event, we need to arrive days in advance to set the elements and stay days late to break them down.
c) We regularly meet parents who hear about our programs and state that they wish this was around when they were a child.
WHY IS FUNDING NEEDED?
The case for additional funding, and property donation is strong.
(i) According to Gerald Schoenewolf, Licensed Psychoanalyst, Ph.D. a common problem of young men is low self-esteem, particularly with regard to feelings about their masculinity. His studies show the women students are most vocal and assertive, while the male students are often reticent to speak. The discrepancy might be due to the way in which boys and girls are being raised. An important goal of parenting should be to raise confident children who accept themselves, are assertive, and who have healthy self-esteem, including gender self-esteem. From years of working with male patients I have found that in many cases boys are made to feel ashamed of being boys. To raise boys to become confident men, parents must support their masculinity and their masculine rambunctiousness. There is truth to the old saying, “Boys will be boys.” Boys are hormonally different than girls and hence they are biologically predisposed to be more aggressive. That aggressiveness should be accepted. Certainly boys need to be socialized, and trained to do so. But the training should be done in a way that is respectful and cognizant that God created them to be men, not angry and degrading of their masculinity. Boys should be valued as boys, and given the general support they need to actualize their full potential as human beings, including their talents, their intellect, their ability to trust and love, and their leadership abilities. To be a confident man, he shouldn’t feel ashamed of being a man; he must feel good about being a man.
(ii) US News and World Report, Ulrich Boser • June 3, 2015 states, "Building's structural facilities profoundly influence learning," A lack of infrastructure can shape student outcomes. Attendance and completion of academic cycles: According to UNESCO, the school drop-out rate is 17 percent and greater in rural areas. Several studies have found that the physical condition of school buildings positively affects school completion and cycle completion rates, and increases registration. Greater registration means more funding for the mentoring of our youth. Furthermore, 21st Century School Fund in 2010, found statistically significant positive results linking school infrastructure and standardized tests to measure learning processes in many parts of the country. With lower student socio-economic levels, the results were higher. Empiric evidence indicates that there is a direct relationship between educational infrastructure and educational performance, and that investments in educational infrastructure contribute to improve the quality of education and the economic performance of graduates. Daniel Rivera, Social Development Project Director at CAF, explains "It is essential for authorities to observe the significant role of infrastructure that improve the quality of education, thus promoting greater equality of opportunities and contribute to reduce inequalities and advance toward a real productive transformation in the region".
(iii) Across the nation each region is seeing a shortage in paramedic. Chris Watson came all the way from Scotland to help fill a need for paramedics in Northern Kentucky. About 15 to 20 paramedic positions are open in the region. That has departments thinking outside the box to try to fill them. The Timothy Group is answering this call with education, training, and experience opportunities.
(iv) An interview with leading Naval Officials gained the following data: Firefighters working for the Navy in say a manpower shortage is forcing them to work mandatory overtime. Local leaders say their members are suffering under exhausting schedules. "It's just about as bad as I've seen it, and I've been doing this a long time," said Charles Ruby, a government firefighter for 22 years. Ruby worked at Oceana Naval Air Station for 12 years and is now a vice president of the Hampton Roads branch of the International Association of Fire Fighters. Omar Dickens, a former volunteer firefighter who joined the local Navy force six years ago, has had enough, because conditions here have become untenable. Dickens said "The biggest issue really is that we are short-staffed - and the long hours. It's not good for the body, not good for the mind." In Washington, spokeswoman Wendy Snyder said the Navy Installations Command. "Firefighters say that gets old quickly when they're working several overtime shifts a month.” Right now, we spend more time at work than we do with our families," Dickens said. "I probably worked 600 hours of overtime this year." Others said there's a concern that firefighters are being stretched, and this could eventually affect their ability to do their work. "We are getting physically and mentally burnt out," he said. "We try not to let it affect us, but eventually overtime does wear on us." The vacant fire fighter positions have doubled since 2014 and currently exceed 40 unfilled positions. "These vacancies overstress the fire fighter and lead to excessive costs to the Navy." "People are tired," he said. "They are leaving. I've never seen it this bad." The Timothy Group has the ability and the networking to train young men to augment and eventually fill these vacancies.
(iii) According the Billy Graham Ministry, “Missionaries are still needed; in fact, they are needed today more than ever. Countries are now open to the Gospel that were closed only 15 or 20 years ago, and opportunities for evangelism and service in those nations have exploded. Churches in those countries often need training and other skills that only missionaries can supply. Countries still have enormous medical, educational and social needs, and the opportunities for Christian doctors, nurses, teachers, agriculturalists and other skilled professionals have never been greater. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). Be grateful for our missionaries. Pray for them, support them financially, and encourage them through your letters and e-mails. They often work in difficult and lonely places, and they need to know others care. Urge the young people in your church to seek God’s will for their lives, including exploring the possibility of some type of mission service. Jesus’ command has never been withdrawn: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15).
(iv) According to Christianity Today,” The greatest number of religious freedom violations against Christians worldwide in recent memory—even in Christian-majority countries. Of the worst 50 nations, the number of martyrdoms did double from 2013. Open Doors released its latest World Watch List (WWL) indicating that worldwide levels of persecution have increased. Open Doors announced its "significant trends" that drove persecution higher worldwide, "even in places where it has not been reported in the past." Overall, pressure on Christians increased in 29 countries. Three countries—Mexico, Turkey, and Azerbaijan—were added to the watch list this year. Open Doors researchers measure persecution by “the degree of freedom a Christian has to live out his or her faith in five spheres of life (private, family, community, national, and church life),” as well as by tallying acts of violence. Researchers calculate that 4,344 Christians were "killed for faith-related reasons" in 2014, which is "more than double the 2,123 killed in 2013, and more than triple the 1,201 killed the year before that," reports World Watch Monitor (WWM).
(v) 11 Christian families in Laos’ Saravan province were driven out of their villages and into the forest, after refusing to deny their faith. We can find these families; provide food and medical aid, and bring them to refuge.
(vi) Yemenis are not allowed to leave Islam; those who convert to Christianity face persecution from family, authorities and extremist groups. Terrorist movements and separatists made Yemen very unstable recently. 9 Christian aid workers were abducted in in the north-western Yemeni province of Saada. We can seek and find them. Last year Anna and Lydia (3 and 5 years old respectively) were rescued by security forces from neighboring Saudi Arabia. The Saudis also found the bodies of three other abducted Christians. German and British investigators have since ended their active search for the other hostages. We would like to continue the search.
(vii) Our medical treatment teams are needed in Afghanistan as many Christians have gone into hiding. Extremists killed ten members of a Christian medical team that had been providing eye treatment and other health care in remote villages of northern Afghanistan. In North Korea, hundreds of Christians are arrested: some were publicly executed, while others are sentenced to labor camps. Despite the risks, the Christian church is growing: an estimated 400,000 believers now sing silent hymns in cramped basements of crumbling buildings. We can provide medical, food, and literature support.
Please assist The Timothy Group to acquire property and funding.
The property is needed to establish a trusted home site for families to bring their children for quality training programs.
The funding is necessary to pay our long time staff members who have paid for the success of the programs thus far.
The funding is necessary to maintain existing gear.
The funding is necessary to purchase needed future supplies, materials, and labor.
The funding is necessary to purchase transportation to our foreign mission fields.
The Team Dynamics division of the Timothy Group will need the following resources in order to provide exceptional training to the mission oriented students.
Classrooms and related educational material for the cognitive phase of training. Auditorium/Lecture facilities for the mass sharing of information.
Acreage for the outdoor experiential phases of training.
Warehouse for the storage of the training equipment.
Lodging facilities for the housing of staff, student, visiting parents, etc.
Materials, supplies, rentals, and equipment repair necessary to conduct events and maintain our vehicle fleet.