Greetings in Christ. In March, I interviewed Tom Pankratz, who is the director of church engagement for GlobalFingerprints. He is looking for Anchor Churches for GlobalFingerprints sites around the world. What he said surprised me. He said that being an Anchor Church doesn’t take money out of the church budget. Instead, it is a focused investment of your time and care. It is church members who financially support kids at the site where your church decides to make an impact. Your church will be strengthened and revitalized in the process.

Anchor church questions:

  • How big does a church need to be? Any size church can be an anchor church! A church of 50 people could support 12 children. A church of 100 people could support 20 children.  A church of 300-400 could support 40-60 children. For example, a church could become a partner of the work in Manila, Philippines by sponsoring 40 kids. This would allow our partner to plant a church. There are a lot of Asia opportunities for all size churches. Some of the sites might have four or five anchor churches due to the size of the project.
  • How does a church get more information? You can watch the short video or read more on the website, or contact Tom Pankratz. Tom can provide opportunity profiles of different sites around the world where you can get to see the needs and opportunities.
  • How do we begin? After the lead pastor has given approval, you can connect with the GlobalFingerprints church engagement team. They will come for a visit and the church is given the opportunity to choose which site with which to be partners. Next, two or three promotional Sundays will be used to present GlobalFingerprints to your congregation and to sign up individual sponsors.


Other ways you church can make a major impact in our world today:

  • Host a GlobalFingerprints sponsorship event to raise sponsors in your church, Sunday School, or VBS program.
  • Pray for and encourage national pastors, care workers, and church planters.
  • Send a team for a vision trip and to encourage the national workers and children.


The impact your church will make:

  • You will help plant new churches and strengthen existing churches in hard-to-reach areas.
  • You will lift children out of poverty and give them a brighter future.
  • You will see children and their families find new life in Christ.
  • You will watch God transform an entire community through the gospel.



Steve Austvold