Travis has been taking quite a few trips to our partner churches, most of which are in remote areas of Ethiopia. One village he’s made several trips to recently is a place called Mojo. The church there is relatively new but it has a strong and vibrant ministry. Their pastor, like many of our rural KAC pastors, is bi-vocational because the church lacks the funds to pay him a full salary. Every Thursday Gutama walks 2-3 hours to get to the church in Mojo where he ministers to the congregation Thursday through Sunday. Then, after church on Sunday, he walks back to his home and works his farm the rest of the week. His commitment to this new, growing church is astounding, and his leadership is certainly having a great affect.
At this point, the Mojo church is one with a lot of faith and energy, but it struggles in terms of its resources. The people in Mojo give their offering partially with money, but mostly it comes in the form of grains – these folks are all farmers. When Travis visited a month ago he was amazed at the big bags of corn, sorghum, and sesame they had stored up in the church. These were the congregation’s tithes and offerings. Some of it came from family farms, but the rest came from land that the church farms collectively. Church members give from their own harvest, but they also give in the form of time and labor by working the church’s land.
Having seen the faith and resourcefulness of this congregation and the commitment of their pastor Gutama, Travis is moving forward with a new Income Generating Activity in Mojo. CMF will provide the church a loan that will allow them to buy fertilizer and better quality seed. Better inputs yield better results. We believe this will provide a bigger harvest and therefore more resources for this church’s ministry. We are all excited to see where this IGA takes Mojo!
We’re also installing a “Farming God’s Way” demonstration garden that we hope will encourage the community to adopt some different farming techniques. This, however, we expect will probably take several planting seasons to catch on.
We wanted to share this story from Mojo because it illustrates the way Travis and I fit into CMF’s work of helping to establish a strong, indigenous church in Ethiopia. If we did not have you behind us, supporting our ministry, we would not be able to offer loans like this to Mojo. Your giving to our ministry means helping Mojo, and other churches like it, in rural Ethiopia. So thank you!
Travis, Emily, & Clare Weeks