You met our friend, the pastor, from Kenya a few weeks back. Pastor D (we’ll call him), oversees 18 churches, and if you recall, his churches have helped take in twenty-seven orphans all of whom now live in the homes of those in the congregation. It is their desire and calling to give these orphans proper development, shelter, food, clothing, education, etc, and they have humbly requested our financial assistance. In my experience it is not the best arrangement to simply provide a donation of money, and Pastor D genuinely understands these reservations. Instead, I have suggested that we provide a way for them to generate a self-sustaining income, and I am super happy to report a very encouraging and exciting opportunity: Sugarcane!
Sugarcane is a very robust plant. It can survive long bouts of dry weather. Unlike a corn or wheat crop that can be lost due to inclement weather, sugarcane simply goes dormant until weather improves. In short, it is a relatively simple crop to plant, maintain and harvest. In fact, leasing acreage is better than buying land because the owner does the heavy lifting (with machinery) when it comes to harvest. Pastor D’s folks would need only to plant and to weed. Further, it only takes the initial lease investment to begin a self-perpetuating operation. One half of the first crop covers maintenance costs, the next one and a half crops is profit, and the third crop pays for the next lease.
We can increase Restoration Revival Centre’s (the association of churches) current income stream by 15x with merely half of our Missions savings from our first three years. They would provide us with copies of lease contracts and regular reports on the productivity of the land. With this approach, we would help them to gain the dignity of self-sufficiency rather than creating a dependent relationship. In the end, they will have the financial resources to use as God directs them; a model that they can then multiply to whatever degree God calls!