Similar to Apple Computers encouragement for prospective buyers to Think Different, Next Generation Ministries encourages empowerment over sponsorship. Orphans need a family over a home. Widows need empowerment over sponsorship.
Four widows sat on the concrete floor, anxious to report on their projects. Last year I was privileged to grant each of them small business loans. Years ago, after my first and second trips to Uganda, these same widows had sponsors from the West. People faithfully donated a specific amount of money which was transferred to the pastor of their church. On my fourth trip to Uganda I discovered that these same widows received no money, but just a little salt, sugar, cooking oil ... just enough to keep them dependent on the "pastor" who was taking advantage of some of the weakest members of his congregation at the expense of both donor and recipient.
It was time to think different.
|Sissy ... the dairy farmer|
|Florence's duplex rental|
This last year one enlarged the space of her cattle barn. Another increased the number of fryers from 300, to 400, to 500 ... before a disease destroyed all but over a hundred of the last batch. Two others became landlords. One build a duplex that provides for a shop on the street side and living quarters in the back.
|Sarah's shop duplex|
The sponsorship program has been replaced with dignity, purpose, and new skills. Corporately and individually these ladies have been empowered with long range goals and commitment to increase their earnings and accumulate capital.
The Bible says ...
|Sarah, Florence, Regina|
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.Think differently about what the word CARE means. To most it means a monthly pipeline of dependency. Maybe the way of the Kingdom is to empower through self-sufficiency.
How do you think?