Wendy Ryan is a former Eastern student of Tony’s and served on EAPE’s board until 2005, when she answered a new call from God. After a career as a missionary journalist with the Baptist World Alliance, Wendy “retired” and relocated to South Africa where she founded Evangeline Ministries, a mentoring, leadership development and economic uplift program for HIV positive and other disadvantaged women.
Wendy’s strategy for transforming the lives of the women Evangeline Ministries serves involves sharing the hope found in Jesus Christ, teaching women basic English and computer proficiency, providing certified training in sewing and design, and equipping women with sewing machines and access to markets to sell the goods upon completion of their training.
Fifteen students completed the training in 2006 and in recent years the classes have grown to 24 students. It costs $30 a week, $125 a month or $1,500 for the whole year for Wendy to teach, train, and equip each student enrolled in Evangeline Ministries’ program.
EAPE has supported Wendy’s wholistic mission in South Africa from the beginning and this year we are committed to helping Wendy double her enrollment to include 48 students, but we need your generous support to help expand this effective ministry.
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40 Years of Ministry!
If you read our January newsletter you know that as of June 30th, after more than 40 years of incredible ministry, EAPE will close down. We can say that because with your help and God’s blessings, “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!”
For four decades EAPE provided “seed money” and/or did the organizing for 16 missionary organizations. EAPE also provided essential undergirding for several existing ministries that needed our help. Just for the record let me list them for you.
- Red Letter Christians
- Mission Year
- The National Evangelical University of the Dominican Republic (now with 15,000 students)
- The Technical University of the South in the Dominican Republic (now with 4,000 students)
- Cornerstone Christian Academy
- Haiti Partners
- Beyond Borders (in Haiti)
- Urban Promise (Camden)
- Connect Ministries (Toronto)
- Plant with Purpose (formerly Floresta)
- Eastern University’s graduate programs for micro-economic development in the Third World and in urban America
- Kingdom Works
- Nehemiah Youth Mission
- Camden Printworks
- The Walnut Hills Fellowship
- The Urban Youth Workers Convention
Over the years we also have partnered with several ministries that needed help with funding and/or recruiting mission workers.
- Aquila Way (in the UK)
- Going Public (Wales, UK)
- Signposts International (Scotland)
- SPEAK (in the UK)
- Evangeline Ministries (South Africa)
- Peace of the City
- REACH Ministries
- Born to Serve
- Urban Mentors Network
- Urban Promise International (Malawi, Honduras, Canada)
- The Palau Industrial School (in the South Pacific)
- Oasis (in Zimbabwe)
Among the several thousand young men and women we recruited to serve in these ministries over the years, there are those we were able to challenge and nurture into serving in church vocations across North America and in an array of Third World countries. Almost anywhere my travels take me these days, I meet up with former EAPE mission workers who tell me that they are in Christian ministry today because of the training and experiences they had while serving with us.
In my previous newsletter I pointed out that each of our affiliated mission organizations has become independently incorporated with its own governing board, executive director, and sustaining financial base. However, there are ten of these ministries upon which we are especially focused – and need ongoing support. They are listed here. If you haven’t done so earlier, we would very much appreciate it if you would identify which of them you wish to transfer your financial support that you previously gave to EAPE. Please call or email us to let us know and we will pass on that information to the organization(s) you have chosen.
While we want you as soon as possible to transfer your financial support to one of these EAPE affiliated organizations, we nevertheless want you to know that EAPE will continue staying active and doing what we’ve always done right up to June 30th. We hope that we’ll have enough funding to keep us going until then – so if you have a few extra dollars please send them our way.
Keep praying for us, especially during this wonderful time of transition.
Founder and President, EAPE
(On behalf of EAPE’s Board of Directors)
P.S. If you missed the Philadelphia Inquirer’s article about Tony and the future of EAPE, you can read the online version here: http://articles.philly.com/2022-02-01/news/46874064_1_campolo-eape-evangelical-association