A Model Farm for Sustainable Ministry

model farm

What makes investing in local, indigenous ministry leaders so impactful are the opportunities it brings to engage with their resourceful creativity. They experience the needs of their communities firsthand, and their own family members and neighbors are the ones they aim to reach.

In Uganda, Dauson saw the combined trappings of poverty, food scarcity, and spiritual darkness with God-given wisdom, and he has been crafting a way out for those most in need. Because of a shortage of arable land for the poor, he had to strategize new ways to use small plots more efficiently. His quarter-acre model divides land equally between a vegetable garden, a banana orchard, a fish pond, and a grazing area for livestock. This diversification approach increases sustainability and stabilizes income. For local pastor-farmers, this means the ability to focus on ministry and grow the church. For widows in the community, it lifts them to a place of dignity and the chance to provide for their families.

Dauson's own mother is one beneficiary of his progress. She went from relying on handouts to becoming a dignified and successful member of the community as he taught her to cultivate bananas and coffee.

Dauson helped lift his mother from poverty.

Dauson helped lift his mother from poverty.

Expanding his vision, Dauson built a model farm where he trains others to replicate the model and introduce it in new areas. Recognizing Dauson's strategic gospel-thinking, we stepped in with the Alpha Relief initiative to provide a water source for the farm: a pipeline from the nearest well a kilometer away. As a huge bonus, students from the school next door no longer need to walk a kilometer to get a drink!

Simple acts of partnership like this are sometimes all it takes to spur an enterprising young leader like Dauson to the next level. The model farm is thriving, and the ripple effects will be far-reaching. YOUR simple act of financial partnership with Global Advance make these stories possible - thank you!

Inspecting new coffee growth.

Inspecting new coffee growth.

Installing irrigation systems for the model farm.

Installing irrigation systems for the model farm.