Calves for Scholars

Calves for Scholars

$282.13 raised

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  • South Korea
  • The Fourth River Project, Inc
  • Partner Organizations
  • Donations to this project are tax-deductible

How You Can Help

Sponsor a calf

Sponsor a calf

$3,000 will purchase one calf that will be raised for three years then sold as beef. The net profit will be used to provide for scholarships for North Korean students at The River of Life School and for the future needs of our missionary teachers.

Raise a Cow

Raise a Cow

Our cattle need to eat (just like the rest of us). By providing feed for the cattle, you contribute to net profit that we receive when the animal is sold. This has a huge impact on the benefit that our North Korean students and our missionary teachers receive.

Prayer Support

Prayer Support

Pray for the Fourth River Project.

About This Project

The Calves for Scholars program has two objectives:  assistance to missionary teachers and scholarship funding for North Korean refugee students.

Background:
The River of Life School opened in March, 2010 with eight students, the principal, three teachers and some staff.  In May, an additional student was added and more are expected in following semesters.  The school started with first and second year of middle school.  Third year of middle school will be added in 2011, first year of high school in 2012 and continue adding a grade each year until we have a full middle and high school. All personnel serve as mission volunteers with housing and food provided by the school and the supporting Three Seas Community.

The school is closely affiliated with the Three Seas Ranch.  An important part of the school curriculum--in keeping with the ethos of our mother community, Jesus Abbey--is labor.  We speak of labor as being prayer and prayer being labor.  Accordingly, everyone in the school, students and teachers alike, spends several hours each week in manual labor.  Much of this time is spent working at the Three Seas ranch helping to raise cattle.

We want to invest in cattle as a way to help our teachers and our students, especially those from North Korea.  We purchase a calf for about $3,000, raise it for three years and then sell it as beef for somewhere around $10,000 dollars.  By American standards, this is a very high price.  We are able to get it by selling our award-winning beef directly to the consumer. By the time three years feed and labor as well as all other expenses are covered, we have a potential net profit of about $3,000 per animal.  This includes using the original investment to purchase another calf and start the cycle over.

Assistance to Teachers:
Our teachers are part of the school and Three Seas community.  As such they receive food and housing as well as some pocket money but beyond that, they must raise any support that the need.

We want to provide a small amount for their future as our investment in their continuing to serve the school over the long run.  To this end, we want to purchase and raise three calves for each teacher so that at the end of three years they may have about $9,000 to save for their future.

Scholarships for North Koreans
One of the important aspects of The River of Life School is our emphasis on reconciliation and cooperation.  The school will have students from the city, the countryside, Jesus Abbey, cross-culture families (Korean fathers, foreign mothers) and North Korean refugee families. This will give each student the special experience of getting to know others across barriers of culture, background and economics. The school provides complete scholarship for North Korean students.  When our new school is built, we will have dormitories and will be able to take North Korean students as residents.  The cost of room and board for these students needs to be met.  To this end, we want to begin raising calves to sell as North Korean students are coming into the dorms to cover these expenses.

One calf will cover most dorm expenses for one student when it is sold after growing for three years.  Calves purchased now will help students when we open our dorms in about three years' time.

The really wonderful thing about this program is that your original gift of a calf will continue on for many generations as we will use the proceeds from the sale to buy a new calf to repeat the sale.

In other words, an investment of $3,000 for teachers and students has the potential of tripling in three years AND buying another calf.  Every gift just keeps on multiplying."

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The Fourth River Project, Inc

The Fourth River Project, Inc. is a US non-profit (501(c)(3)) established to prepare for the opening of North Korea. It furthers this purpose through involvement with Jesus Abbey in Taebaek, Kangwon Do Korea. The Executive Director of The Fourth River Project, Inc., Ben Torrey, is a member of Jesus Abbey and the director of Jesus Abbey's Three Seas Center. At the Three Seas is a small community of Christians affiliated with Jesus Abbey and a beef cattle ranch. The Three Seas also oversees The River of Life School, a middle and high school to prepare "the Unification Generation." Ben's wife, Liz Torrey, is the principal of The River of Life School. We at the Three Seas are undertaking a capital campaign to build a home for The River of Life School (now in temporary quarters). We are also engaged in raising scholarship funds for students to attend the school. All of these efforts are focused on preparing people to, one day, share the love of Jesus Christ freely with the people of North Korea. We believe that God is hastening the day when the doors to North Korea will open.

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