Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why require a monthly commitment instead of special or occasional gifts? To be effective, a community-based Bible study needs to be ongoing and long-term. This requires ongoing, long-term, and consistent Bible teachers. It is detrimental to the students – and by extension to their families who are also affected – to begin a Bible study that does not have the funding to continue. And, once we hire and train these pastors, they rely on that salary as steady income.
Q. How will I know when a pastor I’ve sponsored has been fully sponsored?
You will receive email updates as there is progress in your pastor’s sponsorship. You may always check back on this website for the status. And, once a pastor has been fully sponsored, you will receive an email update from him twice a year.
Q. Aren’t these pastors supported by their churches?
Two of our 11 Bible study pastors do pastor a traditional “church.” But nine of them do not. Their “congregation” consists of the dozens or hundreds of blind students in the weekly Bible studies. So, while they do not pastor a church in the sense we in the West often mean, they are very much pastors. And their salary comes exclusively through RBI.
Q. What do I do if my credit card is declined?
Yes, for U.S. citizens. RBI is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. You will receive a tax-deductible receipt from our office after you make your donation. For those outside of the U.S., please check with your country’s tax laws and codes concerning charitable gifts.