CONCEPT PAPER FOR THE PROJECT ON CHURCH DEVELOPMENT FOR THE FRIENDS REVIVAL MINISTRIES.
Project Title: Promoting sustainable livelihoods among church communities of the Friends Revival Ministries (FREM) in order to further the gospel to the utter parts of Uganda and Africa
Poverty has remained on the decline over the past decade and currently stands at 24.5%1 of the population implying that the MDG target of 28% by 2015 has been achieved. The declining prevalence of poverty is attributed to several factors including the steady growth rate of 7% per annum that the country has continued to experience. However, because growth is not entirely inclusive, certain sections of the population do not experience its benefits as much as others. This is evidenced in regional disparities on poverty indictors – with the Northern2 and Eastern regions having higher levels of poverty than the rest of the country. The women working a lot in the agricultural sector but remaining poor. The poor laboring more than 12 hours a day but never improve their livelihoods.
A bulk of the brethren in the born again faith and in the FREM in particular in Uganda is not exceptional and thus not economically empowered. Thisdoes not only affect their negotiation powers and decision making in governance issues or homes/ communities where they live but also limits their spiritual engagements.
Most brethren are willing to serve God in the various dimensions given the different ministries/gifts but rather fall short of the grace when they find their economic status lower than the souls they meet and approach for witnessing. This has many times seemed like the religion being preached is dead and is of no effect or the God being preached is not able to bless the believers/preachers.
The church has thus been locked up in dilemma and sometimes many Christians have found themselves swayed from place to place without a tie post seeking for means to improving their livelihoods.
The ministering brethren too have been caught in this dilemma as they find difficulty fending for themselves and their families but are again challenged by the Holy Scriptures seeing aman who cannot feed his family is worse than infidel. The missionaries are thus unable to concentrate on their posts of duty to minister the Gospel of our Lord as required and commissioned. Much time is spent working and little time given to the work of God.
The church funds are on the contrary too limited to sufficeor solve the many needs of the ministry and the flock under it and again this affects the ministers who have to ensure the flock is attending church services. Most of the needs rage from educating children, medicalbills, food and the general livelihoods to be precise. Theother critical aspects that require attention include the need to establish income generating activities (IGS) in order to improve household income while others just need a push through seed financing since they already possess skills but lack capital.
The rationale of the project
It is therefore deemed important to establish means and mechanisms through which the ministry can access financial and other resources to facilitate the construction of churches, education centres, healthfacility and IGAs. This will not only ensure sustainability of income among families of believers but also will further the preaching of the Gospel among the many lost souls in the region for the Glory of God.
It should however be noted that despite the constraints around financial support towards livelihoods and the general development of the church, there is a great hunger and thirst for the word of life from God. The ministers have kept to their posts of duty to hold crusades, seminars and other meetings to edify the body of Christ and to establish the word of life in the hearts of men and women save for family constraints. Besides the enormous challenges around the church, the families of believers remainsolid to the faith of Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The funds support being sought will therefore act as a spring board and foundation towards promoting and enhancing the Good News in the communities where these brethren live.
Goal and Objective of the project
The overall goal of the project is to promote sustainable livelihoods among church communities of the Friends Revival Ministries (FREM) in order to further the gospel to the utter most parts of Uganda enhancing household income among brethren.
Proposed activities for the project
This project is planned to establish such activities that will work towards promoting sustainability of income among households in the FREM ministries and that will set a bench mark for the furtherance of the Gospel to the utter most parts of the country and the region. The aspects include:
Structural development; It is anticipated that FREM will start off by gaining independence from renting places for worship through identifying land and its acquisition. The major land will house the major church structures, educationcentre, Medical facility and the Orphanage.
Gospel expansion: The FREM ministry is greatly inspired to enhancing the move of the gospel to all parts of the country and Africa that still hunger and thirst for the word of life. This project is therefore anticipated to facilitate the ministers especially the missionaries/evangelists to hold gospel conferences ,crusades and seminars for scriptural exposition and edification of the body of Christ.
Livelihoods: The projects are intended to create sustainable household income among the low income brethren through skills development and training. It is also planned that this project will support the widows and the other categories of special needs in the church and the community as a whole. These special interest groups such as the victims and survivors of domestic violence will receive a seed fund to enable them start up life so that they can be able to give the glory to God for the care and providence.
Education centre: The FREM ministry has already started this project and numerous needy children are being assisted. There is therefore need for land for the establishment of the institution blocks for class rooms and offices. Currently, the education authorities are insisting on closing the orphanage school without spacious class rooms.
The medical centre: It is anticipated that a medical facility to support maternal and child health will be established to support the communities around and the brethren. Sofar, there are trained medical personnel in place but require the facility.
Currently, there are two major activities in place namely, the rice project and the entrepreneurship skills development for the women and youth for sustainable household income.FREM has been able to mobilize the groups for agricultural development and the lessons will be replicated to other new groups. These projects are however being affected by limited inputs and equipment. Many of the groups also find difficulty establishing own IGAs due to limited startup capital.
This project is projected to last 7 years
It is anticipated that the project will achieve;
Identified land for establishment of the projects
Purchased the project land
Church construction complete
School/institutional building erected
Medical centre established
Improved household income
Established and solid model ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ
New and many souls turning to Christ and being baptized for remission of their sins.
Note: The building plans and other technical drawings for the structures are in place and can be availed on special request.
Work plan and Budget:
A detailed budget and work plan for this project can be availed on request.
For details on the project, please refer to;
Bishop. WAKHATA JAMES
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
FRIENDS REVIVAL MINISTRIES
TEL; +256 776696269, +256 757240406,
1 UNHS Socio-economic Module 2009/10. UBOS.
2 The Northern region saw poverty decline from over 60% to the current 46.2% in 5 years largely due to the communities returning to their homes and engaging in farming after years in IDP camps. However, the only region that has seen a growth in poverty during this same period is the western region where there was a marginal percentage point increase to 21.8%.