Surrey’s Joyce Van Ravenstein with the rolls of pennies she collected for her son Kevin’s Christian mission in Zambia.

Surrey woman Africa-bound

Three winners from Love Global Foundation heading to missions around the world

A Langley-based foundation will show three people exactly where their fundraising efforts have gone by sending them to meet the international recipients.

Langley-based Love Global Foundation, headed by former South Surrey pastor Darian Kovacs, will be sending three winners from its Meet Your Mission contest on a weeklong trip to visit the Christian missions they fundraise for.

Among the winners is Surrey resident Joyce Van Ravenstein, who has been raising funds towards son Kevin and daughter-in-law Matildah’s mission in Zambia.

Through Love Global, Van Ravenstein will now visit her family, just outside of Livingstone, in the coming months, as well as see the work they have done for orphans and vulnerable children at the Christian Alliance for Children in Zambia.

“Without the donations (Kevin) receives from Love Global, he would not be able to stay in Zambia, working as a missionary,” Van Ravenstein said.

Throughout the contest process, Van Ravenstein said she was continually surprised from the support of her family and friends, including 1,000 hits on her Love Global page. From there, visitors were able to view Kevin and Matildah’s page, where they had the option of donating.

“And it looks like a lot of people did just that, which also raised a lot of awareness about their mission work,” she said. “I had no idea it would spread so quickly, but it was just amazing to see the increase in the numbers every day.”

In the first year since moving to digital fundraising, the foundation has raise more than $500,000, with more than 90 per cent going towards missions.

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