There is a need to expand help for college students

Posted by chuck @ 12:20 pm on October 14, 2008

10 October 2008

To:  JEAP Directors and Donors

From:  LDS Employment Resources in Indonesia    Elder and  Sister Reber

One of our primary goals is to help match the needs of members with available resources, with the ultimate objective of helping members find employment or upgrading their employment.  In the world today, education is the key to success in finding good employment.  In Indonesia, unemployment is extremely high and poverty is a very real problem. For most Indonesian members, unless there is outside help, they will not be able to get an education beyond high school and thus their chances  for good employment becomes very limited.

It is especially difficult to see our bright, faithful, dedicated Indonesian missionaries get released from their missions and not have a chance for further education or good employment. We would love to have the Perpetual  Education Fund (PEF) available for them but due to legal issues it is not available.

For the past several months we have been selecting and visiting good universities and technical schools from around Indonesia to recommend to our youth.  In early 2009, we plan to visit the various Church Districts and share this information with the youth and their parents and encourage them to continue their education at either a university or a technical school.

A big concern now is whether there will be enough available resources from JEAP to help those  who will  need help to go to school.  Without help from JEAP we are afraid that much of our efforts will be in vain. 

It is important to note that the format for helping students will be based primarily around the PEF guidelines with the main focus on the development of education for returned missionaries and adult sisters of comparable age.  This group is certainly where the future of the church lies as they have the faith, leadership ability, and stability needed for church growth and development.

As we see the young people who have been helped by the JEAP funds and the contributions they are making in the church and in society in general, we are so appreciative for the generosity of those who have contributed to the JEAP fund and those who are continuing to donate.  We can assure you that this  is  an inspired program that is blessing many lives and future generations.


Elder and Sister Reber