First is a small kiosk selling common food items such as rice, beans, maize, oil, etc. Another small business started is selling cell phone credit. Yet another business is still in development and that is selling soda. All three businesses give the church an opportunity to employ the neediest inside of the church but also the business revenue will be used to rebuild their church.
Just recently we went over the budget and he is developing a better system for keeping me posted on the finances of the business. Also some of the businesses have not grown as fast as they would’ve liked due to taxes and bribes that must be paid to local officials. But everything is going well!
Despite the slow start, already they have had great success. The church has constructed some walls and a roof for the new church building. Praise God!
I had the opportunity to speak to the pastor before I returned to the United States and he was so excited about the business but most of all having a proper church.
He was so blessed to know that muzungus could care so much to see something inside of him. He knew that this was a great opportunity and would make the most out of it. So as we speak the seeds you’ve sown are already sprouting roots for a sustainable growth for the ministry both financially and also spiritually.
This is true discipleship. It isn’t enough to tell someone how to do something but rather it is necessary to give guided instruction and encouragement. Through God’s provision, we are working together to help them develop a sustainable future.