Go the Distance Challenge

Meet Erika and Fitri.

Erika was born and raised in the city. Fitri lives in a remote village.
Though different in many ways, they share in a collective experience: they were disconnected from adequate education, until someone introduced them to a Mustard Seed school.

We go the distance to help children like Erika and Fitri!

For many children in Indonesia, education is a luxury.
In big cities, many government-funded schools hire incompetent teachers who provide insufficient lessons, while private schools prove unaffordable for low-income families like Erika's.
In remote villages, small children, like Fitri, walk for hours to reach to the nearest school, with no guarantee that a teacher will be present.

The #GotheDistance Challenge raises funds to connect children, like Erika and Fitri, with quality education, by opening affordable Christian schools with highly trained teachers.

to all who supported the Go the Distance Challenge!
Every donation made to provide children with life-changing education was doubled to fund classroom expansions.



JUNE – JULY 2023

$88,009.94 RAISED OF $40,000



Key Messages

Here are a few highlights about this campaign:

Why Indonesia?

  • Indonesia is home to 64 million children between the ages of 0-14.
  • The country is stimultaneously a diverse, complex, and multicultural nation with 633 recognized ethnic groups that speak 742 different languages.
  • There are educational challenges due to populations scattered across 17,000 islands.
  • Quality teachers are lacking, especially in remote areas.
  • In cities, Christian education is considered private and mostly unaffordale for underprivilege families.
  • There is great opportunity to train indigeneous teachers to bring transformative Christian eduaction to children and communities in need.

Why Christian Education?

We believe that the most effective way to reach out to children, set them free from poverty, and share the knowledge of God is through great teachers. Mustard Seed International is connecting isolated communities with the education that every child deserves. We do this by training indigenous youth to become quality educators with the capacity to change the future of Indonesia.Mustard Seed International empowers the next generation and establishes thriving communities through a holistic model of transformative Christian Education. How do we do it?

WE TEACH: We plant seeds of hope in the hearts of children because we believe that life-giving education can change the future of Southeast Asia.

WE LOVE: We love because God first loved us. It is this love that compels us to go into remote areas to start schools, care for orphans and serve those in need.

THEY LEAD: We believe in the importance of local leadership; therefore, we train and equip indigenous youth with the necessary tools to help their society flourish.

What is the goal of this fundraising initiative?

The 2023 #GotheDistance Challenge raises funds to connect underprivileged and marginalized children in Indonesia with life-changing education. All funds raised will be used to help:

  • Provide scholarship for underprivilege children.
  • Build more classrooms at CI School in Middle Java.
  • Send teachers to disciple children on the Island of Promise Lesser Sunda Island
  • Build more classrooms on the Island of Promise, Lesser Sunda Island.

Click to see pictures and videos of CI School and The Island of Promise

Visit the Schools Supported by this Challenge

To help you with your fundraising, visit the schools below where you will find stories and resources that you can share with your supporters.

Fundraising Toolkit Portal

We're thankful for your unwavering support of and are thrilled that you've decided to make an even bigger impact by becoming a fundraiser on our behalf. We want your fundrasing journey to be easy and fun. These are some tools that will be useful for you to reach your fundraising goal.

Unlock Your Rewards!

Record your activity by taking pictures and videos, Share it on social media using the #MustardSeedGotheDistance hashtag, and unlock these rewards:


Unlock a virtual postcard from Erika and Fitri when you register as a fundraiser.


Unlock a digital artwork by the a student from CI School when you reach 50% of your fundraising goal.


Unlock a video clip from the Island of Promise when you reach more than 75% of your fundraising goal.


A virtual celebration with the students and teachers awaits you at the end of the challenge.