Jimmy is partnering with International Cooperating Ministries and the Community Foundation Tampa Bay to build churches and hope centers all across the world. For every birdie Jimmy makes in a PGA tour sanctioned event in 2022, he will donate $10 to BirdiesforHope. You can partner with Jimmy today!
With your generous help, we have now raised over $100,000 and helped build or fully fund six separate projects in the country of Colombia. Our current fundraising project is the La Odisea church, a group of minories in Colombia who have been waiting for a church building since 1953!
BirdiesforHope, Our Story
In 2019, Jimmy found his influence growing in professional golf when he started receiving multiple messages from fans who were following his golf career. During the 2019 offseason, Jimmy tried to think of a way that he could use this influence to help others in a charitable way. After conversations with friends and family, he decided on a fundraising campaign where he could donate a certain amount per birdie and invite family, friends, and fans to join him.
In January 2020, Jimmy decided to parter with International Cooperating Ministries to launch BirdiesforHope. Uncertain if BirdiesforHope would grow, Jimmy pledged $10 per birdie and decided to trust God to bring along partners to donate as well as provide the birdies on the golf course.
The story certainly does not stop here. Jimmy is very excited to continue BirdiesforHope into 2022 and to begin a new project to soon be announced, all while pursuing his PGA tour card!
To partner or renew with Jimmy, click the pledge now button at the top of the page or give a one time donation using the donate now button.
Why did Jimmy choose International Cooperating ministries and what does ICM do specifically?
ICM partners with local congregations that already have the land to build churches and hope centers in third world countries. Hope centers attach to the church chapel and provide improved amenities like air conditioning, plumbing, a kitchen, room for classes, and more. These buildings are often in use seven days a week in service to the community in five key ways: 1. Social Compassion. 2. Healthcare. 3. Education. 4. Entrepreneurship. 5. Preaching The Gospel of the Peace of Jesus Christ.
By partnering with BirdiesforHope, you are helping to support and build quality structures that will serve as community gathering centers, town halls, a place to sleep for missionaries and refugees, local hospitals, schools for children, trade schools for adults, orphanages and places of worship among others. Hope centers allow the church even greater room to expand their charity to their surrounding community.
Jimmy chose ICM because he has a close relationship with many in their organization and can personally attest to their integrity and ability to make the most out of every dollar. He has personally been impacted by ICM as they built a church in honor of his adopted little sister, Theresa Maylei Stanger, within 10 miles of her birthplace in China.
More details about each project
Our first project at BirdiesforHope was to help fund the building of the Rios de Agua Viva church in Arjona, Bolivar, Colombia. Arjona, a small village in rural Colombia, did not have a church or even many soundly constructed buildings. Since 2004, The Rios de Agua Viva church had the land and labor to build a church building but could not raise the necessary $16,000 in building supplies. We certainly ran into roadblocks, the largest being COVID, but God is good. Through the world of golf, we were able to answer this sixteen-year-old prayer, raise the $16,000, and build a well-constructed church building for this church. They are currently impacting an estimated 650 people per week.
In fact, because of the generous donations of people like you, we were able to raise $37,000 off of 294 birdies in 2020.
Our second project, the San Vicente Hope Center, close to the beautiful city of Medellín, was a much larger building that will impact hundreds of people daily. A Hope Center is simply an expansion of the current church building or a structure next to the church building. These Hope Centers are especially effective in larger communities because it allows the church to reach out to more people in their communities both on Sundays and during the week. Because of your generous donations, we were able to fully fund and complete construction on the San Vicente Hope Center in the Spring of 2021!
Our third project, the El Rosal Church, was a bit of an adventure for everyone involved. Thanks to the generous support of people like you, we quickly raised the funds to build this church but construction was halted due to rebel activities in the area. During the late summer of 2021, the central Civil Government had shut down almost all the roads into and out of this area making it nearly impossible to transport the necessary supplies. Fortunately, the government of Colombia reestablished order in the area during the late fall of that year. In November 2021, they completed construction and dedicated the new El Rosal Church!
Our 4th, 5th, and 6th projects happened quickly and more recently. After the 2022 season ended in September, BirdiesforHope received multiple generous donations allowing us to fully fund and begin construction on two more projects and begin raising funds for our 6th project!
Our 4th project, the Vision Agape Church, has been waiting for a church building since 2002 and consists of a membership of 90 adults and over 150 children. This project especially attracted the attention of BirdiesforHope because we of the large impact on the next generation. 150 children will be able to see God answer a 20 year old prayer through this charity and hopefully grow up in this building, spreading the good news and serving their community. We have fully funded this project and construction is currently underway.
Our 5th project, the Aposento Alto church, has been meeting since 1985 without a building to call its home. Currently, this church has a membership of 100 adults and 85 children. Excited to answer this 36 year old prayer, we dove headfirst into this project. As of December of 2021, this church is fully funded and construction is underway.
This brings us to our 6th project currently underway. We are raising funds to build the La Odisea Church in rural Colombia. This church congregation has been meeting since 1953 without a building! The opportunity to help this church was too much to pass up. The La Odisea church also consists of a minority people who speak the Nasa Yuwe language as opposed to the common Spanish language spoken in Colombia. Their congregation currently boasts 85 members. With your help, we can fully fund the La Odisea church before the end of 2021, providing a special beginning of 2022 to these people.
So will you partner with Jimmy today?
For every birdie he makes, Jimmy will be donating 10 dollars. He made 294 birdies on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2020! Will you partner with him in donating 1, 5, 10, 20 dollars per birdie for this great cause? Any amount will make a difference!