Each year County Line Church selects an international ministry partner to receive funds through the Joy to the World Offering. This year’s recipient is Global Disciples. In short, Global Disciples partners with pastors in the areas of discipleship training, leadership development, and small business development. You can learn more about this ministry on their website at globaldisciples.org.
Below is an excerpt taken from the “What’s In Your Hand?” book, published by Global Disciples. In the coming weeks we will share the stories of people who have experienced the “What’s In Your Hand?” training and running a business to support their families and churches.
QUALITY MERCHANDISE AND FAIR PRICES
Jawara is a refugee from Rwanda, living in Uganda. When he came to the training, he was serving as a youth worker in a local church. When Jawara returned to his church after the training, he shared what he had learned with the senior pastor, who then requested that he teach the course to the elders of the church.
Jawara began selling ketenggi, material for the traditional women’s dresses. He was very skilled at picking quality material, yet he knew his customers were cost-sensitive. By providing quality goods at fair prices, Jawara soon became a distributor to many of the women who sell the cloth within the refugee camps. From
his profits, he even helped his mother establish her own business selling ketenggi.
After the elders completed the course, they understood that it was church culture—not the Bible—that had prohibited pastors from doing business. Soon they blessed the senior pastor to start a business too.
In time, Jawara was promoted to the role of evangelist under the church leadership, and he now pastors a church. Though it’s often challenging to pastor and run a business at the same time, Jawara is committed to ministering through business.
GOOD VALUE, GOOD INCOME
Heru and his wife, Murti, use a business selling fried snacks on the streets to support their family and work as church planters. They prepared the snacks each morning and then a worker went out to sell them in the late afternoon and evening. By selling 2-3 pieces for 100 of the local currency, they made about 30-40% profit on each sale.
However, after about six months, their helper quit. Heru and Murti felt that to go on without a helper would take too much time from their family so they closed the business. Asmadi, who trained and mentored them, encouraged them to try again. He suggested a snack they could prepare in the mornings, then deliver to shops and be finished by mid-day, leaving time for their growing family. Heru sold the push cart they had used with the first business, using the money to purchase new supplies.
The new snack has been well accepted in the market. Now Heru and Murti sell about 240 pieces daily through 18 small shops. The income is 150,000 (local currency) with an upfront cost of 80,000 so daily they clear 70,000. This along with special orders each month, provides them with an income of 1.5-1.7 million monthly ($105+). This is the basis of their family’s income. Plus, the business has given them opportunity to build relationships with many who would otherwise never hear their witness for Jesus Christ.
To give towards the Joy to the World offering, you can do so online at the link provided below. Or, you can pick up an offering envelope at each entrance into the worship center. Thank you in advance for helping to strengthen the church in Ethiopia.
Online Giving Instructions
1. Click on this link: countylinechurch.org
2. Select the “Give Online” link which will re-direct you to a “push pay” page.
3. Fill out your information and select “Joy to the World” in the “Giving Type” drop down menu.