It is very easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged when you consider the numbers we are up against – 12.5 million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS; the HIV rates in South Africa between 15 and 33 percent of the population; and 75 percent of families in the Eastern Cape who live in poverty. Accordingly, we covet your prayers. Please pray for the children, women and men we are working with and those we have not yet found but need help. Please also pray that all we do will honor God and His plan for the Xhosa people.
Tell your family, friends and co-workers about 25:40. Invite them to a 25:40 event. Encourage them to sign up for our sporadic e-mail newsletter, follow us on Twitter and friend us on Facebook.
Serve in South Africa. Since 2007 Pat Thomas, a retired speech-language specialist and teacher has spent 2-3 months each year volunteering in the Hamburg Schools. Jay Rowley, a recent college graduate, volunteered for three months in 2011 working with the teachers and staff of 25:40′s aftercare program on Canzibe Mission. 25:40 sponsored a mission team from Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, Burke, VA at Canzibe in the summer of 2012.
Make a donation using the secure aircharity widget on this page or send a contribution to 25:40, Inc., P.O. Box 10534, Burke, VA 22009. Consider giving regularly through our ACH program. Take advantage of a Matching Gift program your employer may have. (Thank you Exxon and Chevron and CA). Also, consider donating an item for one of our silent auctions, i.e. a weekend get-away, art work, sports memorabilia, dinner at your home, etc.
Team 25:40 is an amazing and varied group of individuals who participate in their favorite athletic endeavors and raise funds for children in need. The beauty of it is that we are flexible and you can be creative. You can participate in one of the events 25:40 sponsors (Walk for the Kids) or participates in (the Marine Corps Marathon and MCM 10K) or organize an event in your area (Competitive eating any one?) See Team 25:40 for more details.
Over the years we have had individuals support us in many fun and creative ways – a South African-themed dinner, a South African wine tasting, a 25 hour and 40 minute walk, garage sales, jewelry shows, bake sales, concerts and silent auctions to name a few. Just contact us and share your ideas with us!