Friday, December 4, 2009
African Update # 14 2009
Another Fine Day
Today was spent visiting folks during the day and teaching them in the evening. We actually got to visit 6 different families before lunch. Some of them were neighbors of the people we scheduled to see that day. If the current trend continues we are going to have to get a second tent.
Yet I don’t think they had come to hear my teaching. They had come to hear God speak to them. I taught about the importance of God breaking us, in order to release the sweetness of His Spirit that is inside us. They listened intently and then we prayed. After we finished, each person came up and thanked me with the two sided Kenyan hug and grateful smile.
George and I have been hard at work hammering out the details of our Micro-Financing program, called FISH. (Financing Indigenous Self Help) The name is associated with two thoughts. First the adage … “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Secondly; the story of the young man bringing his few fish and loaves to Christ, who multiplied it to feed the 5000. In keeping with God’s directive not to build this church with money instead of faith, we have labored to find ways to inspire people to be practically responsible for the well being of their fellow brothers and sisters.
Most of the loans will be anywhere from 5 to 8 thousand Kenyan shillings each. That is about seventy, to a little over a hundred dollars each. We are not charging intrest on these loans but asking that they give a certain percentage of the profits back to the church. The applicants will be chosen within the clans (home groups) by their peers and clan leaders. Clan leaders will provide the weekly oversight. The greatest considerations will be given to the widows with children and or any other hardship case. Each will have a definite amount and time period, to pay the loan back. All transactions and other considerations, will be handled by the clan leaders with weekly reports and funds being given to George, which will be placed in a Church bank account each week. Strict records will be kept.
The program will hopefully accomplish several ends. One; quickly increase their own income and help our brothers and sisters take care of each other. Two; promote helpful interaction between leadership and people. The scriptures indicate that he who is faithful in matters of money will be faithful everywhere else. We need to know who is going to be faithful and who needs help. Three; give the people a chance to put in practice what we are teaching.
We are fully aware that this will cause problems, but we think they will be good problems. We are also quite sure their are bugs that will have to be worked out. There will be special considerations, and people will have to deal with their envy and greed. Yet some of our best learning experiences in the Village, have come out of our having to be accountable to each other.
Well that’s all for now….Bwana Asi Fiwi ! Much love ….your sent ones.