Credit Union Donates $52,000 for Launch a Village
San Dimas, CA—November 16, 2012

Christian Community Credit Union Donates $52,000 for "Launch a Village” Tribal Development Project in Thailand
Christian Community Credit Union donated $52,000 for the "Launch a Village” project to bring help and hope to the poor and remote villages in Northern Thailand. The donation fulfilled the Credit Union’s pledge set in April 2008 to give $232,500 for the project.
Christian Community Credit Union’s "Cards that Give to Missions” program donated $52,000 for the "Launch a Village” project in Northern Thailand. In partnership with Integrated Tribal Development Programme (ITDP), the amount will provide water and sanitation resources, build a school and a health clinic as well as provide micro-enterprise lending. The donation will also help sustain three villages economically by providing agricultural and business training, purchasing a 4-wheel drive truck and facilitating the production and marketing of Arabica coffee. The recent donation fulfilled the Credit Union’s pledge set in April 2008 to give a total of $232,500 to the project.

"Working together with ITDP allowed us to apply the credit union movement’s philosophy of ‘people helping people,’” states Dr. John T. Walling, Christian Community Credit Union President/CEO. "Through the ‘Launch a Village’ project, our members are helping change lives economically, socially and spiritually every time they use their credit or debit card for purchases."

For over 22 years, Mike and Becky Mann of ITDP, American Baptist International Ministries missionaries, have given a positive alternative for livelihood to the hill tribes of Northern Thailand. Their efforts have provided much-needed help and hope to the tribal people, who in the past, were involved in child prostitution, growing opium, and criminal activities.

"Partnering with Christian Community Credit Union members is a great opportunity to put Christ's love into action by helping resource-poor villagers in Thailand rise above poverty and at the same time plant the seeds of Christ,” says Mike Mann, Missions Global Consultant.

"To see the lives of villagers changed when they finally have running water, when they can afford to send their children to school with new clothes and shoes, and most of all, when they become new believers is the greatest joy,” says Becky Mann. "The ‘Launch a Village’ project is an answer to prayer. Not only do we help bring water and life skills to the poor and remote villages in Thailand, we’re also sharing about the Living Water that will flow into each of the villager’s heart and soul!”

To date, Christian Community Credit Union’s "Cards that Give to Missions” program has given over $3 million. The donation comes from interchange income the Credit Union receives from fees merchants pay to card issuers.

"When our members use their Credit Union cards exclusively, the potential donation to missions is enormous,” adds Walling. "Besides transforming villages and their communities, our members are helping build God’s Kingdom. That’s what makes our credit and debit cards so unique!”

With assets over $550 million, Christian Community Credit Union serves over 29,000 members nationwide and has served as a financial partner of Christian churches, ministries, and their members for over 55 years.

To apply for "The Cards that Gives to Missions,” call 800.347.CCCU (2228) or visit




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