Financial needs

I have been serving TEN3 as a volunteer since August 2009. In November of 2010 I was accepted as a long-term SIM missionary so that I can raise support for my various expenses. The one-time gifts have been great, and I am so grateful for all the generosity that has gotten me this far. The giving for the initial three years built up so that now I could start working full-time on that supply. Still, I need committed ongoing support in these areas:

Support (salary, housing, admin fees, retirement, taxes) and ministry (travel, communication materials, equipment):
$2158/month (813 still needed)
One-time: training, communication resources, equipment, first month's support:
$4100--fully supplied!
Last updated 6 June 2016


Click here to give to my support account (be sure to type in my name and the number 033282)
Click here to give to my ministry account

You can also mail checks here:
SIM-USA Receipting
P.O. Box 7900
Charlotte, NC 28241.
Specify that it is for JennyBeth Alford Missionary#033282

Thank you so very much for reading this page and praying about my financial needs, and if God would have you be a partner with me. May your service to the Lord in this way bless you as it does me.

More info
Q: So you do this full-time?
A: My first four years, I did this as a volunteer while substitute teaching and other part-time temp work. Thanks to generous giving over those years, I built enough support up to go full-time for a year. So I began in hopes of building it up before the supply was exhausted. To continue serving TEN3 full-time, I'll need 100% support by the time it dries up (current estimate, around June 2016). Not to mention, I'll need 100% to move to Africa!

Q: When do you leave for Africa?
A: The target departure date I set with the SIM-Zambia office was August 2014. I did not get the required funding (80% to buy the plane ticket, 100% to go) by then. As I talked about it with SIM USA and SIM Zambia, I also brought up that I am in a serious relationship, and they advised we work that out and get married in the US, then start the steps toward going to Africa, rather than try to court overseas.

Q: Which account is it better to give to?
At this point, they can both be used for the same things, so it matters little. But I think specifying "support" makes things a little easier for SIM's accounting, so I'd recommend support.

Q: I want to support you regularly, but I'm afraid I'll forget. Can I set up automatic regular giving?
A: Certainly. If you follow the link above to give online, after you have entered the payment information you can specify that it is monthly or quarterly or whatever. You can also do it by mail, if you mail in the first check and request for a form for regular giving. They will send you a form you can fill out and return with a voided check.

Q: Do donations go strictly to you, or does some go to the organization?
A: About 13.6% of my support and 5% of my ministry funds go to SIM for administration purposes. And that's good thing! SIM has had such longstanding effective ministry in part because they take very good care of their missionaries. Without all this administrative help, we as missionaries would be much more burdened by the legal restrictions, spiritual struggles, and preparation challenges and seriously hindered in ministry.