Congo Economic Development Activities
We have had some good news from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Last year, we arranged to have a representative from an organization called Farming God’s Way to visit the various areas where we support churches in the Congo. With his advice, and with the rain sent by the grace of God, our brothers and sisters there were able to raise sufficient crops to be able to sell some and to save enough money to be able to buy the seed needed to plant the fields this coming year. This represents great progress and we pray that God will continue to bless them so that this economic development may continue in the coming years.
Because of this success last year, we are able to concentrate on different entrepreneurial activities in the current year. One project that we are really excited about is the planting of two hectares (4.9 acres) of Oil Palm trees. Palm oil is obtained from the fruit of the trees. The main use in Africa is in food preparation in the home, primarily for frying. We have earmarked $2,000.00 for this project. It will take about three to five years for the trees to come into production and then they will be productive for at least another fifteen years. If the Lord blesses this effort, it will be a continuing source of income for the area.
Farming God’s Way also showed our brethren how to be successful raising chickens for both slaughter and for egg production. It takes only $150.00 for a family to get the needed supplies for shelter and food as well as to buy the starter chickens. Once underway, these should be self-supporting ventures for many years to come. We are sending $1,500.00 for ten families to start in the chicken/egg business. However, there are twenty families that wish to start chicken/egg production. Therefore, we are asking for donations to this worthy cause. Individual donations can add up to a lot and have a tremendous impact on the lives of our brothers and sisters there. Also, there may be churches or church groups who would like to donate $150.00 to get a family started. Some years ago we used this same approach when we purchased sewing machines for young ladies so that they would be able to support their children by doing seamstress work. It is our hope and prayer that many families would be able to make additional money with the chickens and to help to buy the necessities of life through their own labor.
Donations for this project can be made to: Congo Economic Development Fund or CEDF
Contributions may be sent to: Providence Reformed Church, 245 East Vine St., Lodi, CA 95240
Elder Jerry DeYoung