Not far from either the Nile River or Lake Victoria, and with less than five acres, it seems to be pregnant with opportunity.
Originally, it was half the size of its current size and was just a piece of land without a specific purpose for Next Generation Ministries. It appears the blueprint is being drafted during the farm's development. The ultimate purposes remain unknown, but the foundation seems clear.
It is a project that has great potential to affect its surrounding community.
Yes ... there are more than a dozen dairy cows on the property. And, the cows should produce calves and milk .. resulting in capital.
|Mother & her baby near the farm|
But, what we have notice more than the agricultural potential are the people of the community surrounding the farm. Mostly women and children. When a few of those photos were posted on Facebook, a friend of NGM noticed. She wondered, "Do all the children have clothes that are torn, tattered, and worn out?" Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Resources are scarce. Food comes before clothing.
This inquiry resulted in the first of several donations. These contributions enabled Next Generation Ministries to purchase clothes for the children. Another donor contributed money to feed hungry children.
|Rebecca & Robyn making home visits near the farm|
|Robyn, Rebecca, & Morgan assessing needs|
This system of food and clothing distribution met some needs, but the system of distribution didn't seem to foster relationships. Relationships are the foundation for the work of Next Generation Ministries in Uganda. It was time for the process of distribution to be revised.
|Happy girls with new clothes|
One of the girls, Rebecca, is a national which gives her advantages. She speaks Luganda, knows the culture, and recognizes subtle things which escape Westerners. She also has compassion for children growing in difficult circumstances. She sees her own childhood experience repeated over and over again in the stories of so many living near the farm.
Rebecca made the initial trip to the farm and compiled a list of individuals, family structures, and apparent material needs. Robyn and Morgan joined her in subsequent visits. And, relationship began to form.
|Changing Uganda ... One person at a time!|
This approach is difficult and slow. Relationships are challenging and sometimes messy. But, we are committed to live what we believe. And, we believe that changing Uganda begins with changing one person ... at a time.
Please pray that our presence on the farm not only provides employement and income for NGM and her employees. But, pray that our presence there will simply be one more venue in which we can manifest the goodness, grace, and glory of God.