Early Missionary Work (Background)
During early missionary work in sub-Saharan Africa, the early missionaries saw a critical and pressing need to establish schools and hospitals because illiteracy and diseases were the biggest and most prevalent problems in Africa at the time. Those early church missionaries tirelessly embarked on establishing a host of schools and hospitals, many of which are still standing and operational to this present day.
New Pressing Problems
Sub-Saharan Africa is now facing a new set of pressing problems; namely: rural unemployment and food shortage. These problems pose complex economic and social consequences such as poverty, malnutrition, STD infections, corruption, high crime, unplanned births, premature deaths, etc. To tackle these nagging problems, it will take a concerted effort from both government and non-government organizations.
Today’s Evangelistic Opportunity
The early missionaries used the opportunity of establishing schools and hospitals as a platform to evangelize and spread Christianity in Africa. Today, the Christian community has a much greater opportunity to evangelize Africa by joining in the effort to tackle rural unemployment and food shortage. Through business empowerment and transforming agriculture, rural unemployment and food shortage problems in sub-Saharan Africa can be tackled and livelihoods of rural communities can be improved. Our approach involves working in collaboration with a rural Church to train local smallholder farmers in a variety of skills aimed at improving and enhancing rural farmers’ livelihoods. Working with a rural Church becomes a conduit to outreach the community with the message of the gospel, when the local farmers come to benefit from a wide variety of programs provided by Eatbeta.