African Social Justice: Matters of Survival -The Gospel, Skills, Self-Sustainability

The Mvumbi Project is moving forward. We’re here outside Elukwatini, South Africa and we want to send along a progress report. There are open doors that we are walking through with the Mvumbi “Nourishing Rain” Project that can have a big impact on the local community, and can bring increased capacity to area ministries.
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"Silulus awaiting Inkukhus".  Baskets awaiting egg-laying chickens. Process moves forward, awaiting new life, production, and some clucking. Like Mvumbi Project

“Silulus awaiting Inkukhus”.
Baskets awaiting egg-laying chickens. Process moves forward, awaiting new life, production, and some clucking.

The exciting news is that in the last month the following expressions’ of ministry – how local people can become economically self-sustaining as they are becoming disciples of Christ- have begun to emerge. Food Tunnels/Greenhouses, Micro-Bakeries, and Construction Tool Skills Trainings are three new open opportunities to bring prosperity, self-sufficiency, and a dynamic faith into the region. Here’s more on the agricultural project:

* Agricultural ‘micro-projects’ – building 10 ‘food tunnels’ (greenhouses) and implementing a ‘master gardener’ and apprenticeship program. Each 32′x16′ tunnel will provide a continuous supply of fresh vegetables to over 100 children, as well as full-time employment to one local person. Plans are for the tunnels to both improve food quality for the 2000+ vulnerable children being fed daily at Emoyeni & Spark Foundation care points, as well as decrease dependence on overseas food donations – a move toward ministry self-sustainability.
Additionally, the tunnels will provide a skills training incubator for the local community. In ten tunnels, a master gardener can train 75 apprentices and 10 skilled gardeners each year. Each apprentice completes a thirty day service, shares in the fresh produce, and earns all the training, seeds,seedlings,fencing, poles, and shade cloth to start his own large garden. Each skilled gardener has served a six month apprenticeship and has the horticultural skills, tools and supplies, and small business training to move into a micro-loan program toward building his own food tunnel. He also serves as the training catalyst and supplier for his neighbors to start effective small garden plots, “Square Foot Gardens”, impacting a growing segment of the community.
The Mvumbi approach looks to develop the ‘whole man’; just as apprentices are equipped to become self-sustaining economically, they are also daily equipped with life skills, character development training, and tools to help in loving and following Jesus.

In the next postings we’ll share more regarding other micro-enterprise/discipleship programs within the Mvumbi Project. Let us know what you think.
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