Fullness of life for the future of every child impacted by war
By leveraging the power of education, we combat the generational impacts of war
Five years into our journey of B2TheWorld, one of the most regular questions we get asked is, “What does the name B2TheWorld mean?” I love being able to answer this question, because it shares more of the heart behind who we are as a for-impact organization.
B2TheWorld comes from Jesus’s sermon on the mount, where Jesus tells his followers that they are “the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13) and that they are “the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14).
He goes on to say, “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand [and] it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:15-16).
As we were in the discerning stages of forming B2TheWorld, we knew our focus was going to be serving in some really challenging locations. Places that experienced war. We knew that “Being” salt and light in these places would be a monumental task, and yet it was something that Jesus told his earliest followers to be and to become.
So when we say B2TheWorld, we really mean, let’s Be Jesus to the World. Let’s Be the Salt of the earth and the Light of the World to countries that are impacted by war. And not only this, let’s focus on the children of these communities.
Jesus’s heart was bent towards many people that were often overlooked. In Mark 10:13-16, we see how he sees and values children.
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
So just like Jesus, through His Spirit and power, let us use our hands and feet to bless every child in every country recovering from war.
So when we say B2TheWorld, in addition to saying let’s Be the Salt and Light of Christ, we are also saying let’s be a blessing to the world in the ways Jesus taught us to be. Let’s bless the children of the world, and especially those in countries recovering from war.
Written by Dr. Benjamin P. Thomas, C.E.O and Co-founder of B2TheWorld.
From the Beginning of a heart call to today…
Initial heart for B2THEWORLD was birthed
Founder completed Doctor of Ministry, Global Christianity and Development
Leading at the Kigali International Community School
First associates for B2THEWORLD begin serving
First informal board meeting in Alexandria, Virginia
Team formed to move mission forward; $25,000 pledged for first 3 years
First legal board meeting held and hosts its first launch event in McLean, Virginia
Launch event held in Austin Texas; first physical donation is received; the first staff officially come on board
Named as an owner of Kigali International Community School (KICS)
Hosts inaugural Global Educators Gathering.
1023 form prepared to file for 501c3 (nonprofit tax exemption) status in the US
Launches its second partnership with an educational nonprofit in Pakistan.
KICS purchases 21.75 acres of land.
20 students are sponsored to go to college in Pakistan
Grew to serving 1,081 students
Completion of Praxis Nonprofit Accelerator
Started partnerships with South Sudan and Cameroon.
We embody excellence for the long haul.
We care for the soul of each child in the ways of Jesus.
We learn from the expertise of our global community.
We develop future leaders of communities and countries.
Our desire to make education possible for every child impacted by war is accomplished by using a T.E.A.M. approach
We Leverage Expertise Within The Education Field To Equip Others.
We Provide A Transformative Educational Experience That Is Marked By Excellence And Mentorship.
We Bring Awareness To The Post-War Injustices That Threaten A Child’s Education And Future.
We Galvanize And Deploy Mission-Driven Educators Across The Globe With Development, Resources, And Community.
Objective 1: Build a global network of schools and school leaders.
Objective 2: Build a global funding base.
Objective 3: Build a global organization.