by Dave Kroeze, Outreach Pastor
This Week’s Blog Series
In this, the final segment of our blog series about our ongoing work in Uganda, I want to express MBC Loudoun’s practical plan for transitioning our partners to self-sufficiency. (For background on our work in Uganda, read the first and second in this series of blog posts.)
Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert in their book Helping without Hurting in Short-Term Missions said exactly what’s been on my heart:
“Improving short-term trips actually involves taking fewer of them, dedicating more of our resources to long-term missions and poverty alleviation work within a community” (page 9).
Yes! That’s exactly it!
Friends, if we believe that we should be good stewards of the resources that Christ has blessed us with, then we need to look at transitioning our short-term trips into long-term partnerships for the sake of the Gospel and the welfare of these communities.
And then I was recently informed that in the past few years, 200 students have graduated from Destiny Village Boarding School without any marketable skills or job training. This reality needs to change.
Agriculture is a need in Katwe and providing on-the-job agricultural training is a first step towards providing job skills that will serve these students for the rest of their lives.
After much prayer and discussion with Pastor Fred, Mamma Evah, and Pastor Julius, we have decided to pursue a project that facilitates long-term sustainability for Destiny Village Boarding School. We are going to:
- renovate 2 out-of-date chicken coops
- build an additional chicken coop
- purchase approximately 3000 chickens and a year’s worth of food for the chickens
- hire two farm hands that can provide care for the chickens as well as facilitate educational opportunities for the students
My favorite part about this project is that once the money is fronted, they are in a position to provide for themselves with the additional resources that come in from the chickens and eggs.
Let me first say, that I have learned more about chickens in the past month than I ever anticipated knowing about!
There are two general types of chickens. Layers (these chickens lay eggs) and broilers (these chickens are used for meat). 50% of the eggs that are laid will feed the kids, and the other 50% will be sold to sustain the chicken project.
The broilers will operate under the same principle. 50% will feed the students and the other 50% will be sold so that they can replenish their broiler supply.
The total cost of this project is $45,000. Due to a generous donation prior to the trip and some additional funds that have been provided by MBC, we only need $12,000 to begin construction and finalize this piece for the school.
If the Lord is leading you to be a part of this project, you can donate in a couple of ways.
1) You can donate by credit card online at mcleanbible.org/Loudoun-Uganda.
2) Or, you can write a check to McLean Bible Church and in the memo line write Uganda Partnership Fund.
I would love to see the construction and everything completed by the time the students arrive for school in September. What a blessing that could be for them!
Please prayerfully consider being a part of the self-sustainability and the long-term partnership that we have with Destiny Village Boarding School.
Lord, I trust You to provide for this project. Make it clear to me if you want me to play a role in this and how we can continue to support this school in Uganda. We entrust these chickens to You and pray that You would be glorified and worshipped as a result of this opportunity. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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