Ntenjeru is a rural village east of Kampala. Kampala Presbytery started a new church here in '08 with the intent of 9 more, one in each of the ten related villages. It is now functioning with trained leaders and a congregation of over 300.
The TentMaker Project followed on with economic development activities At Ntenjeru. First, quality seeds were loaned to farmers to improve crop production. Second a piggery (picture) was established as a pilot project used for training purposes. As the pigs multiply they are loaned and repaid later. The church has established a clinic and a fresh well-water supply. A trade school for adults and a grade school for children are under development. It occurred to TMP: this is village lift-up. The name has caught on. These villages, with thanks to God and His Church, are seeing opportunities they have not had… ever. In God’s saving wisdom and mercy, He is lifting up these villages from desperate spiritual and physical conditions.
TMP economic works so far, seeds and pigs, are only the beginning. We are improving our initial efforts, moving farther ahead at Ntenjeru to include pilot projects with other animals, value added and marketing enterprises as well.
The seeds and pig workings are all part of the TMP loan program, where the policies are carried over into the rural community but with the flexibility required by less of a cash-based society. Loans are in-kind.
This November (2012) we venture forward with a new effort at Mpungi Village where another new church is in place. First, we teach the people in biblical stewardship, Second we lend seeds. Third, we establish a piggery for the coaching of swine growers.
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