The ministry promotes self-sufficiency through the creation of micro-businesses. Training, education, and support are made available through conferences, local contacts, and volunteers of the ministry. Micro-loans are interest free but will be paid back in full so that the funds can be passed on to the next recipient. Small businesses include village stores, sewing enterprises, cash crops, and hand crafted goods. The ministry reviews business applications and conducts interviews with the applicant prior to approval
“That you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.” (IThessalonians 4:11-12)
Transition aid into self-sustainability
In order to discourage dependency and encourage growth, the ministry supports business investments, education of children and adults, and agricultural training. The new land purchased for the orphanage will also be used to grow food for the nutritional program, as well as act as a training farm for various agricultural techniques.
Onesmus and Esther’s current home has several small plots that will be used to demonstrate conservation agriculture techniques for families that have their own land to farm. Some families will be able to supplement their dietary needs while others may be able to produce a cash crop to supplement their income.
“Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my own necessities, and for those who were with me.” (Acts 20:34)