Six months after the training of the 4 members who were selected for level 3, it pleased the Lord that I return again to Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, to take care of the three major activities that would be the basis of the development of SOWERS International in this strategically well positioned country in the center of 5 neighboring countries speaking the French language (Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Chad). The three objectives pursued during this new mission to Bangui were all successfully achieved. I pass on my thanks and the thanks of the trainees in CAR. Emmanuel
This visit seeks to do this following. 1. Train 3 L.3 Sowers to Level 4. In order for the ministry to grow in CAR, it is important to have Sowers reaching these higher levels of the Program. 2. The second objective is to closely monitor and supervise the translation of SOWERS manuals and tracts as French is not widely spoken here.
Can you help? Donate online USD1090
Completed. Thank you for your prayers.
As Regional Advisor, Emmanuel has the responsibility to oversee both Uganda and Rwanda. Because of Covid, he has not been able to make these visits as often as he would have liked. It is important that he goes to meet with and encourage the Sowers, Staff and Board members in these countries.
Thank you for your support. The course has been completed and Sowers are rising to the challenges.
This project is to convene a conference for key Sowers in DR Congo so that they can work through the changes that have taken place within the Mission over recent years. Much of this would be based around SEED courses that they would work through together. As DRC is such a large country, bringing key folk together for an intensive time of training and learning gives an opportunity for fellowship, encouragement and helps to get everyone on the same page.
Can you help? USD2490
Your gift was hugely appreciated by Kafusha's family and fellow Sowers. Thank you.
Kafusha served SOWERS faithfully for many years in the Luapula Province where he was responsible for the ministry. This project is to help his family with the financial costs associated with his death and burial.
Can you help? Donate online USD405
I managed to visit Zimbabwe in June 2022. This was my first time since I was appointed as Regional Advisor for Southern African Region in March 2020. While in Zimbabwe I was able to meet with the National Board and with Sowers and supporters in various parts of the country. It was a privilege to see a big upsurge in the work and to see people respond to the call of God. Godfrey
Godfrey has not yet visited Zimbabwe in his capacity as Regional Advisor. This trip will allow him to catch up with the Board, Rodwell, Edmond and other key Sowers. To travel from Lilongwe to Harare by bus would take 22 hours so flying is justified.
Can you help? Donate online USD1830
Completed. Thank you for your support.
The project as planned was carried out with satisfaction. Four members, including two senior leaders of the Methodist Church in the Central African Republic and the Superintendent's wife, were trained at Level 3. The entire training program has been very well followed, and the practical sessions are already scheduled for the coming weeks.
To cover the costs for Emmanuel to visit CAR and grow the work. Training and encouraging the ministry there.
Can you help? Donate online USD2750
First, SOWERS DR CONGO says thank you to all those who contributed to the printing of a large amount of the 2022 calendars. This is the first time this has been done in DR CONGO. With the receipt of the batch of calendars and after the distribution of all the stock received from partner churches, we can declare that this project that has achieved its objectives. Emmanuel
The objective of this project is to promote the ministry of SOWERS in Southern Africa. The 4000 nicely printed calendars will be shared between the National boards of Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and possibly some may go to South Africa. They are both useful and contain information about the SOWERS Program and they are an ideal gift to give to Pastors and church leaders alike when promoting and sharing about the ministry.
Can you help? Donate online USD570
With much gratitude we confirm that the funds transmitted to us for this project were actually used to solve the problems that were caused by the bandits who attacked the house of Pastor Emmanuel on November 1 and December 3, 2021. These funds helped treat Ms. Carole who was hit in the left eye, repair broken windows and doors, buy some school supplies for the children, and buy the computer and printer.
This project is to help replace what was stolen from the Kakudjis, especially the children's uniforms, school bags etc, while Emmanuel has to replace his laptop, printer, modem, cell phone etc in order to be able to carry out his work.
Can you help? Donate online USD2300
The Motor Bike has been bought and it was handed over to David by Sowers Zambia Board chairperson, Rev Banda. The motorbike has enabled David to reach far remote areas which he could not reach before. It has been a great help to Sowers work in the Eastern part of Zambia. The Project is now completed.
This project will provide the Eastern Province Coordinator with a motorbike that will enable him to cover a greater distance much easier and without the restrictions of public transport. Training and following up teams and individuals will be much easier and less restrictive with his own motorcycle.
Can you help? Donate online USD1570
What a blessing your generous gifts are in enabling the ministry on this practical level. Thank you.
With very limited public transport available, these 11 bicycles will provide Sowers in Mozambique with a cost effective and reliable way to visit and train folk.
Can you help? Donate online USD1575
These crucial manuals have been printed and put into use. Thank you.
There is a shortage of Swahili Level 2 training manuals for use in both Kenya and Tanzania. This project will provide for 500 manuals to be printed thus providing a good stock for both countries.
Can you help? Donate online USD920
Thank your help reaching supporters . Printing complete and calendars distributed.
The objective of this project is to promote the ministry of SOWERS in East Africa. The nicely printed calendars will be shared between the National Boards of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. They are both useful and informative about the SOWERS Program and they are an ideal gift to give to Pastors and church leaders alike when sharing about the ministry.
Can you help? Donate online USD345
Printing completed. Thank you for your support.
This printing of 500 English Level 1 manuals complements a similar project for 500 Swahili Level 1 manuals. Without these fundamental teaching materials, the Program cannot be taught.
Can you help? Donate online USD275
We are so grateful🙏. The motorcycle was bought and is effectively serving Edmond with the purpose of SOWERS and Sowers ministry. Edmond has made such profound significant revival in the SI Zimbabwe work. He has started around 5 Provincial Committees who are running the work and ministry of Sowers effectively as a result of the motorcycle.
The motorcycle Edmond has is old and the running costs are too high. It has now become more of a liability than an asset. A replacement is needed so that Edmond has a cheap and reliable form of transport as he visits, trains, and encourages teams and individuals.
Completed. Thank you for your generosity. The computer is helping greatly with translation and administration.
In order for the Ugandan Field coordinator to have a reliable and good means of communication, he needs to replace the old laptop that is not working as it should.
Can you help? Donate online USD460
Thank you for your very generous support.
This allows our key folk to fulfil their mandate and carry out their roles effectively. Communication is key and more so during Covid when travel is not possible. This allows them to stay in regular contact with their colleagues both within their home country and in the countries they oversee.
Can you help? Donate online USD10,350
Both Emmanuel and his son Alisaliwe need to return to Zambia from Kenya to get a new passport and National ID. This trip will tie in with the RAs and President Consultation in Lusaka so everything will be accomplished in one trip saving the need for multiple visits.
Can you help? Donate online USD1760
Funded, thank you.
Godfrey writes, "The Zambian Provincial Coordinators Conference happened in December 2020 in Lusaka where all the Provincial Coordinators were in attendance. The conference was an eye-opening and learning experience to me as Regional Advisor for Southern Africa. I am looking forward for the 2021 Coordinators Conference in Zambia and other countries in my region."
Godfreys visit as RA will provide training, encouragement and team building for these co0ordinators who work in isolation.
Can you help? Donate online USD1085
Important steps taken. Thank you for your support.
With Covid preventing much international travel, allowing our key staff to spend time together is important as they grapple with issues, discuss various situations, pray and spend time together.
Can you help? Donate online USD7645
This project is in partnership with Jerusalem Bible Institute. The plan is to provide maize processing facilities for farmers in the surrounding area. Profits will be used in the support of Sowers in Malawi, reducing the need for international support.
Can you help? Donate online USD5630
Thank you. You made the difference.
What a difference you could make. A motorbike accident. No insurance is obtainable. There are complications leading to a referral in another city. P* needs help to travel. And the bike needs fixing for future ministry.
Can you help? Donate online USD255
Fully funded, thank you. Completion of the project awaits roads becoming passable again after the rainy season.
Pastoral encouragement has rarely been more needed than in these unprecedented Covid-19 times. Additionally, some of our Coordinators who normally provide this pastoral care have other serious long-term illness preventing them from doing it. We hope this project will enable this much-needed pastoral and coordination visitation to proceed.
Can you help? Donate online USD405
Thank you for your generosity. This project is complete. The motorbike is helping to expand the ministry of the beneficiary. Maj* is able to travel long distances to visit teams and train church teams with the Sowers program.
Imagine working with 28 different groups across 2 national districts - by bicycle. This project will enable Maj*, a Level 4 Sower, to follow-up his 16 SOWERS teams and 12 Bible Study groups much more easily and effectively as Coordinator for the Lilongwe and Dedza Districts.
All registrations, insurances, repair and maintenances are included in the Malawi National budget. Every quarter the Malawi Finance Committee allocate some funds and reserve for motorbike insurances, repairs, maintenances and etc. We have three motorbikes in Malawi and all are serviced locally using funds allocated and reserved by the finance committee. So this motorbike will be treated the same.
Can you help? Donate online USD2,520
Thank you for giving Bibles
Having people make decisions at an open air is one thing - growing them as disciples is quite another. This project seeks to make 120 Bibles available to newly planted Churches and Bible study groups. Often, one Bible serves many people in some rural areas - a good eternal investment at just $13 each.
Can you help? Donate online USD1520
Thank you for your kind donations.
Benjamin reports that his bicycle has helped him to reach a far village with the Sketch board for open air meeting and this has resulted in a church plant. Bicycles are a necessity for active Sowers and a powerful means of transportation to reach unreached villages in Malawi.
Bicycles extend the range of the Sowers. They are cheap to buy and maintain yet they allow the Sower to travel much greater distances and cover a much larger area. As public transport does not run regularly to all rural areas, it provides the Sower with more independence and options. This project will purchase 11 new bicycles.
Can you help? Donate online USD1520
Please accept our gratitude.
Nine sleeping bags have been bought and distributed. Godfrey reports, "The experience in Malawi and Mozambique is that in many homes a husband and wife use one blanket to cover themselves at night. They don't have an extra blanket to carry when going out for seminars or open-air camps. Therefore, sleeping bags provides an alternative to the Sower when going out. The sleeping bags protects the Sower from colds, insects and mosquitoes."
Giving each Senior Sower a sleeping bag means they do not need to take bedding from home when they travel, so it does not affect the family.
Can you help? Donate online USD360
Welcomed by recipients, these are a great promotional too in Africa. Thank you.
4000 calendars 2021 printed for Southern African region and distributed to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia and a few to DR Congo.
Does this surprise you, too? What do you use if you don't have a smartphone? In Africa, calendars are a good and proven way to thank Pastors, Sowers and supporters for their involvement with SOWERS while promoting the ministry at the same time. They will be distributed in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Can you help? Donate online USD545
May God bless you for providing these evangelism training tools
SOWERS manuals, contact tracts and counselling booklets are basic requirements of the SOWERS program. Without them, people cannot be trained and open air cannot be held effectively. In order for the work to advance among the Chichewa speaking people, a good supply of material is required.
Can you help? Donate online USD1725
Thank you. These sketchboards are so much more manageable.
Sketchboards are central to the SOWERS Program. Every outreach uses one. This project is to make 21 folding sketchboards for newly trained Level 3 Sowers in Malawi. A traditional sketchboard is large and difficult to transport. Folding sketchboards open up like a suitcase and are approx 1.2m x 50cm and the legs fit into the case meaning they are easier to take onto public transport or carry on a bicycle or on your head.
Can you help? Donate online USD645
A huge thank you from Kwesi & Evelyn. After many months stranded away from family and home, they made it back thanks to your generosity. May the Lord bless you.
Kwesi and Evelyn are stranded away from home, halfway around the world, by Covid-19 travel restrictions. They had already travelled homewards from New Zealand through Singapore to Johannesburg when their last sector home was cancelled. Then each country sent them back to the previous one in sequence until New Zealand issued a humanitarian visa until the crisis is past. They have costs to be met for an unknown length of time, New tickets will eventually need to be paid for. Big costs, no income.
Can you help? Donate online USD4025
Another vital step taken. Thank you for your prayer and financial support.
SOWERS Kenya was invited to send trainers to Tanzania. Initial training was done and now this important visit is to follow up and build on what has been established through Emmanuel's previous visits.
Can you help? Donate online USD615
Successfully completed. Thank you for your support.
This visit will encourage and provide further training for Sowers in Nepal and India. It will also provide the opportunity to establish a new Committee in Nepal and talk of Income Generating Projects..
Can you help? Donate online USD5215
Report: We want to thank the donors, the director and the Zambia board for the support rendered to us for the bicycle project. We received the money and we bought bicycles and supplied them to the active Level 3 Sowers.
This project will supply five Level 3 Sowers with bicycles. This will enable them more freedom and distance as they travel to visit and follow-up teams and individuals..
Donate online USD775
Thanks for your kind donations. So helpful.
Limited transport options reduce the effectiveness of our trainers. Having a bicycle each will allow them to cover a bigger area and have greater control over where they can go.
Donate online USD575
Five bicycles were bought and given out to five Sowers Senior men. They are providing the expected benefits as they have resolved transportation issues for the five Sowers men. For example, Mr Ndaona is able now to go out to far villages to conduct open meetings.
Wow. Thanks. The sleeping bags are such a comfort.
The sleeping bags will provide our Sowers trainers with simple, light, bedding when they travel to teach. Some of these folk only have one blanket at home so they cannot take that away from their wives when they travel.
Donate online USD555
The Sleeping bags were purchased and distributed to Sowers Senior men in Malawi. The project produced expected benefits as the sleeping bags protect the men from cold and mosquitoes. The sleeping bags are helping the men whenever they go out to conduct Sowers Seminars in the far villages of Malawi.
Thank you. The cooker will be such a help.
With the frequent black-outs in Lilongwe, this gas cooker will allow this family to cook meals when there is no power.
Thank you for your prompt response. Mother and baby are now fine. So is father
Medical intervention was needed for a difficult pregnancy and delivery. There was a serious risk to life. Your gift will help repay emergency loans.
Donate online USD475
Our Zimbabwe Sowers National Coordinator's wife had complications during delivery. It was deemed an emergency Caesarean operation by the doctors. The Caesarean operation was successful. Both the mother and the baby are safe and sound.
The Sowers ZW board had to submit an emergency application seeking for funds to pay the doctors and hospital bills. The Finances applied were used to pay the doctors and hospital bills which included medications. The Project has provided great assistance in the saving of the lives of both the mother and the baby.
We are very much grateful to the donors of the project
Thanks for your prayers and donations. This project is successfully completed.
Emmanuel is overseeing the ministry in Ivory Coast and has been in contact with a Pastor in Togo about launching it there.
Donate online USD3300.
Two major activities were planned, but also carried out in the two West African countries: Côte d'Ivoire and Togo.
In Côte d'Ivoire - On this second missionary trip, we managed to set up the two important committees for the Ministry of SOWERS: The National Board and the Sowers Executive Committee of Côte d'Ivoire. This installation was preceded by training and capacity building for the members of each committee. We had gone through all of SOWERS International's daily presentations on the operation and management of the department. And from DR Congo, we had managed to bring a few quantities of evangelization materials: brochures and others.
In Togo -We had spent two full weeks training Level 1 and 2 sowers. Four open-airs (outdoors) were also organized. And as this is the first time that SOWERS has organized its activities in this country, we can conclude that the ministry's implementation project has indeed been successful in Togo. The various parish teams formed each received free equipment in work equipment brought from DR Congo.
This project had a great impact and is bearing the fruits expected by the Lord, Master of Mission. The Sowers are motivated to engage in divine work with new impetus and with new strategies of evangelization. Churches in these countries looked forward to meeting a reliable partner in evangelism.
From Côte d’Ivoire:
- Massive awareness of the Sowers members according to the different regions where they live.
- Regular committee meetings to encourage and reflect on the ministry’s progress. Contacts with churches are multiplying.
- The missions of the establishment of the new churches in the North of the country by Associate Sowers, Auguste
- There has been successful Level 3 training of five Sowers from different regions of Togo.
- Positive contacts with the churches interested in the training of evangelists. The five Level 3 Sowers also organized Level 1 training and open-air meetings in last November and several people gave their lives to Christ, among whom there was a renowned female fetishist in the country.
Thank you for your support. Fully paid.
This brick making project will generate much-needed funds for the ministry in the Northern Province. The team have identified a need and know that meeting it will provide them with an ongoing income stream.
Consultants say, "This project will work. We have looked at how this project could be done in stages but it seems it would not work as the major part of the project is the brick-making machine which costs USD2000".
Thank you. Your support enabled a rapid build and protection of family food supplies.
Edmond writes, "I am very happy for the fence, please pass my gratitude to the donor, that Edmond is extremely happy for the fence because my crops are very secure from domestic animals. Actually, my harvest is very certain as the rains continue falling. Tell the donor that you're God sent, may his sacrifice be remembered before the Almighty."
This project will allow Edmond to erect a barbed wire fence around his one hectare maize plot. If he doesn't do this, wild and domestic animals will eat the maize. They will feed their family with the maize and sell the balance to generate a bit of finance.
Fully supported, thank you.
This project is designed to service a community without a maize mill, and make a modest profit to help support a Sower and family. It meets a social need and a ministry need.
USD2890. Perhaps you have a $100? Every bit will help.
Drought severely impacted the crop nationwide, unfortunately. Some funds were recouped and applied as in the report below.
SOWERS in Zimbabwe is working hard on income generation projects to fund the ministry. This soybean project is led by a qualified agronomist and is another step along the way to their goal of national funding within 2 years. Could you help with seed money?
Donate online USD5175. Perhaps you have a $100? Every bit will help.
Updates from Zimbabwe:
Jan 2020: In early December, 2 hectares were planted under the supervision of Philip M*. Unfortunately, Zimbabwe has had another very bad dry spell which has hit hard and written off most crops nationwide.
However, Philip had advised the Board on subsidiary compensatory projects of sugar beans and/or potatoes. They have bought the sugar beans seed and are working on planting the sugar beans this January.
Nov 2019: The harvest of the soya bean was far below the 25% anticipated due to the severity of the drought effects. The Board has agreed to keep the harvested crop for seed for the next season of 2019-2020 through the advice of our Supervisor director. At least the project has given us value in the seed which is one of the most expensive and needed commodities for the continuity of the project in the next season. The project has a great and higher potential if the rain season is favourable. The Board is still very confident of the success of the project granted a favourable rain season! It was quite a great learning process with vast experiences in the whole process of the Project.
May 2019: We have managed to plant 3 hectares of Soyabean through the guidance of our agronomist, Philip M. The Rains are a bit late in Zimbabwe this season, but we had sufficient rains in the Region of Karoi for the germination of most crops planted.
This trip will build on the previous visit. More teams will be trained and those trained earlier will be taught at higher levels.
- Train Level 2 graduates from last year to Level 3
- Train 3 churches in Level 1 & 2 and encourage and guide new L3 Sowers as they teach
- Encourage, help and support Hendry and Stewart in furthering the ministry
The background is that Vanuatu church leadership invited our Asia-Pacific Regional Director to bring SOWERS training to their islands. As well as the normal reasons for accepting an invitation like this, workers from Vanuatu go to New Zealand every year for seasonal work, so developing the SOWERS Program and monitoring its progress should be easier. This also provides SINZ with an affordable option for training or allowing interested people to see the work first hand.
Donate online USD2070
A heartfelt thank you to the Australian organisation that has generously funded this project.
This project will provide funds to print counseling booklets, contact tracts, follow up lessons and Level 1 Manuals in Luganda, Luo, Alur and English for Uganda and in Kinyarwanda for Rwanda and Level 2 Manuals and Digest 1 in Luganda for Uganda. It will enable teams to be trained in Uganda and Rwanda and provide materials for open air meetings and follow up of new Christians
Donate online USD1265
Funding complete, thank you so much. See results below.
Income generating projects enable families to generate a greater share of their income needs. This sewing machine will allow Amos's wife (Bertha) to generate extra income from home. She has had training in dressmaking.
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I write this letter to express my great joy and appreciation for the sewing machine which I have longed for a long time. Thank you for empowering me financially. God bless you so much. You have been a blessing to me and my family. My future is brighter because of this gift of a sewing machine.
Love from A, B, and family.
Completed - While on a Sowers training visit to Tanzania, the condition of the roads and vehicles resulted in spinal injury to Emmanuel. An urgent operation was required to relieve the pressure on his back and right leg due to slipped discs. In addition, Tobias' travel inoculation reacted so badly he was hospitalised. Medical costs climbed to USD6400, however insurance covered most of it.
Donate online USD
Many know of the decades of service of Kwesi and his family. He has served as a trainer, Regional Director and President of SOWERS. This project raises funds for Kwesi to return to the US for specialist follow-up treatment following his time there last year. We want to give Kwesi every chance to make a full and complete recovery from cancer and the back/leg pain he was treated for.
Donate online USD7360
Thank you. Funding pledged from Australia.
Donate online USD215
I am happy to announce the Internet has been installed today. This message I have used the WI-FI to access internet. Praise God this is the advantage of small town they act fast.
Your Coordinator on cloud nine
This project will see the launch of SOWERS in Central African Republic. Pastor Sachou (ex Ivory Coast) is keen to get the Program up and running and will be overseeing it in CAR. The United Methodist Church aims to plant 50 new churches in the next two years. Emmanuel from DR Congo will help and advise. Could you help meet some of the inevitable costs?
Donate online USD2240
Vanuatu church leadership invited our Asia-Pacific Regional Director to bring SOWERS training to their islands. As well as the normal reasons for accepting an invitation like this, workers from Vanuatu go to New Zealand every year for seasonal work, so developing the SOWERS Program and monitoring its progress should be easier. This also provides SINZ with an affordable option for training or allowing interested people to see the work first hand.
Donate online USD2875
Thanks to our thoughtful donor - project complete. This will provide the Sower and his family with an income stream and the possibility of becoming self-supporting.
Donate online USD440
Judith M went for tailoring training. She completed the training successfully. She is now a qualified tailor. The pedal sewing machine was bought and supplied to the family. She was also supplied with some cloth materials as a starter pack to commence their tailoring business. The good thing that has happened this project is that Marko M himself and her daughter Tereza has learned how to use the pedal sewing machine helping the mother to run the sewing business.
The family monthly income has increased. The financial proceeds from the sewing business have narrowed the financial gap and challenges the family were facing before this project. The sewing business produces income to the family on daily basis. This makes the family financially stable on daily basis.
The project is providing the expected benefits to the family of Marko and Judith Mateyu positively. It has lessened the financial challenges the family was facing before this project. The family is able to meet some basic needs that were so hard to accomplish before the commencement of this project to the family.
The financial proceeds of the project is helping Mateyu and Judith to pay part of the school fees for their children, one in secondary school and another two children in primary school.
The financial proceeds have also helped them to purchase farm inputs like fertilizer and seeds for their Maize, Soya bean and groundnuts garden.
The financial proceeds also help them to buy home basic needs on daily basis.
The financial proceeds at times help to pay house rentals.
Thanks for your support. Project complete.
Without training material and tracts, Sowers cannot use the program effectively to train others and reach the lost. There is an impending shortage of Level 2 Manuals, Digest 1, Digest 2, contact tracts and counselling booklets.
Donate online USD3800
The materials were reprinted in Chichewa and distributed to areas where there was a shortage of materials. Some were sent to Zambia and Mozambique. The materials facilitated an increase in trainings and open-air meetings.
A success story. Your donations enabled long-term support of SOWERS training in Uganda.
Our Ugandan staff gave careful consideration and diligently researched their Income Generating Project options. I was impressed with the thoroughness of the proposal. Over time, they would like to be able to hire out tents and chairs of several different sizes to groups and organizations requiring them for functions. The income generated will give SOWERS Uganda much needed funds to put towards their ministry. In the first stage we are aiming to fund 3 sets of tent plus 100 chairs. Each set costs USD2185.
The first set is paid for! Could you help towards the next?
Donate online USD2185
Another success story!.In the short time that the Uganda Tent Project has been operating, it has grown significantly. The hiring of tents in Uganda is seasonal with the period September to February being the time when tents are most needed. The picture left shows another tent being used at a wedding. SOWERS Uganda only supplies tents with chairs not tables.
Updates from Uganda:
Nov 2019: "The project has been so successful. It has supported the ministry to meet some small needs in the field. Our office has also benefited to meet some office requirements. Like buying ream of papers, ink and other small needs. Apart from supporting the program in the field, the community has also benefited. Hiring of tents its now easier and they request if possible we make up four tents. We observed that, if the chance is given to add more tents, there are chances of getting more money that can help to reduce on finance burden. We are trying to combine our effort as a team to see that another tent is added." Ronald
May 2019: "Our tent project has so far generated funds sufficient for buying a 50 seat tent. Being compelled by the high demand for more tents, we are thinking of buying it this month".
Thank you for your generosity in supporting Kwesi and family. He reports great improvement.
Recently Kwesi, who has been involved with SOWERS for almost 40 years, was diagnosed with cancer. This project is to cover the cost of all of the associated Doctors/Specialists visits, scans etc and medication.
Donate online USD8705
This project will provide bedding in the form of sleeping bags for ten Level 3 trainers in Zambia's Copperbelt. This project will assist the trainers and give them bedding so they can sleep more comfortably when they go into rural areas to conduct Seminars and encourage teams.
Donate online USD530
This project will provide bedding in the form of sleeping bags for fifteen Level 3 trainers in the Luapula Province of Zambia. This project will assist the trainers and give them bedding so they can sleep more comfortably when they go into rural areas to conduct Seminars and encourage teams.
Donate online USD985
Thank you for your support. The goals have been achieved.
This project is to erect a 73m long x 2.4m high wall fence around two sides of the Lusaka SOWERS house in Libala. There will be a 4m x 2.4m gate made of mild steel with an opening of 4m with provision for locking. The house stands on the corner of Sixteenth Street and Kabuyu Road. The house is in a residential part of Lusaka and currently is very exposed and needs a wall fence for security. The majority of houses in the area have wall fences and the SOWERS house is one of only a few in the area with no security. The erection of a wall fence and gate around the property will provide much needed security and it will mean that the current rent on the house will at least double. This will provide security for the tenant and additional funds for the Zambian Board. Part of the house has a hedge which can easily be penetrated but there is no gate so dogs cannot be kept for security. In the past a grass fence has been erected around part of the house but it only provided a little privacy and no real security. In Lusaka most houses and wall fences are made of concrete blocks as the soil does not allow for bricks to be made and burnt. Concrete blocks are strong and long lasting.
Donate online USD5290
This project will help the men to start businesses and equip them to become more self-reliant. The Board has looked at various options available in Malawi and considers this the best one as it will enable the men to acquire knowledge to manage small businesses and at the same time to serve in SOWERS.
Can you help this dedicated and hard working team? Donate online USD3295
This project provides funding to purchase two Chinese made off-road YG 155-5 motorbikes for Eastern Region. It will help Patrick K and Mateyu M to transport themselves and reduce transportation problems. The motor bikes will be used SOWERS activities and enable these Coordinators to do more for SOWERS.
Can you help this dedicated and hard working team? Donate online USD3865
This project covers visas, accommodation and transport for a 4 week visit to Uganda and Kenya. It will enable us to meet, encourage and assist National Steering Commitees and Senior Sowers.
In Uganda we will be travelling with Deo and Richard and will be visiting 3 districts where SOWERS is working and will also spend time at the SOWERS Office in Buhimba working with the National Committee and Senior Sowers.
In Kenya, Emmanuel has organised a programme based in Nakuru and we will be working with him, the National Committee, attending a SOWERS Rally and meeting local key Pastors and leaders.
Can you help this dedicated and hard working team? Donate online USD3080
Thank you for enabling security for this investment.
The Luapula Chicken Rearing Project is well under way (see Project 089) to raise funds to support the training program. National economic difficulties have resulted in the project finances taking a hit. The original fundraising will no longer complete the house for the resident worker. The steering committee writes,
1. We want to complete constructing the house for the poultry housekeeper who will be on site to look after the chickens and maintain the poultry house.
2. The poultry house can be best used if the worker is stationed there for security reasons.
Can you help this dedicated and hard working team? USD1515
These bicycles will supply transport for 12 Level 3 Sowers and will assist them to travel easily to teach Seminars, encourage teams and follow up new Christians. USD1250
Update: Nine of the 12 are paid for already.
Thank you to the thoughtful donors.
This project will provide funding assisting for churches to conduct Level 2 Seminars. This project will mean more churches can be trained at Level 2 so that they can reach out into their communities with the Gospel. National Director Godfrey will oversee fund allocation. USD690
The chickens are cheeping in a scaled back project. Thanks for your vision in supporting this project.
Establishing a Chicken laying farm of 300 birds as an Income Generating project. We're halfway there, thanks to generous donors. Would you help close the gap? Donate online USD10,055
What has happened?
Report 3: The Chicken project has been switched over to Broilers from the Layers and has proved the most successful one. The Project has generated quite some profits for the Sowers Program. It was quite thriving until it was stalled by the challenges of shortages of water and electricity. City Council water is out completely.
The Board agreed to use some realized profit from the Project to purchase special equipment items to make the project self-sustaining:
- We've bought a freezer to store the slaughtered chicken
- We have managed to buy a 1000 ltrs tank of water for the storage of water
- We have managed to dig and construct a water well, 18mtrs deep with plenty of water now.
- We have managed to pay Musa 50USD monthly, for 3months.
- Our plan is for the project to resume end of this month once a device to pump the water from the water well is installed.
Report 2: The project has been slowed down badly due to water and electricity challenges. Often electricity load shedding goes for 12hrs daily.
We have never had City Council water since January this year. Our water well has dried up due to lower water table levels because of the current prevailing draught. We have had to buy water at 100rtgs per 5cubic ltrs. We are digging another deeper water well. Chicken orders are taking time to materialise because of competition. As soon as our new water well is completed, we will resume on the project.
Report 1: THE USE OF PROJECT PROFIT FUNDS
Part of the funds were used to finance the Capital Injection Top up difference for the 2nd Batch of Chicken Layers. Birds were increased to $15 from the initial $12 per bird.
Some funds were used to buy materials to construct another Chicken House for Broilers.
Part of the funds were given to the Sowers Ministry to make up for the May and August TT deficit from the SIHQ
The other part was used to book for 200 broiler chicks and feeds. (We are still awaiting their delivery, possibly this early September) currently the stocks are very tight due to demand.
A storm damaged our computer and printer beyond repair. Their loss impedes the ministry and we are seeking to replace them USD815
Thank you to the thoughtful donors.
This project provides funding to convene a National Senior Sowers Couples Conference in Malawi in July 2015. The Conference will teach, refresh and encourage the Senior Sowers and their families.This Project will enable SOWERS Malawi to maintain the men to do more for SOWERS in Malawi and interact amongst themselves. It will help to improve skills for evangelism and will touch their wives to the ministry more. USD3910
Halfway there, thank you! Only one motorbike to go.
Two motorbikes are needed to beat the lack of public transport. They will enable our coordinators to reach more areas, train more teams, and encourage and assist existing Teams and Trainers. USD2500 each
Donated before publication. Thank you.
Love them or hate them, computers are essential for translation, accounts, word processing, management and administration, etc
Fully funded before publication, thank you.
Wallace needed a motorcycle for improved efficiency in his SOWERS' work.
COMPLETED with THANKS
Beans will be planted on 2 acres of rented land near Mulombo in Zambezia Province using some hired labour. The land is fertile and does not need fertiliser. There is a good market for beans in the area. Two acres of beans once harvested and sold will raise about $1920 giving a profit of $1306. Once they take off the costs for the next year’s crop, they will possibly have a profit of $726 which can be used to assist the ministry in the coming year. USD715
Two exciting things are happening here. Demand for the ministry is expanding and an opportunity has come to develop a good local source of the finance. A highly qualified and experienced man is available to supervise a chicken farm to meet high local demand. Capital is required to start it off.
Donate online USD5585
CRASH! Another motorbike accident because of a lack of prescription glasses and cataracts in one eye. It's easily fixed. If you have the money. Norsie is a full-time evangelist and church planter and doesn't have the money. Could you help?
Thank you for your gift of a sewing machine to help this family support itself.
Thank you for funding this essential support for the family.
Thank you so much.
SOWERS' Regional Director John needs to go to the Philippines
- to conduct multinational training,
- to provide pastoral care,
- to liaise with the Philippines Board.
Could you help with part of the USD6,515 it will cost?
A big thanks to the Australian craft group who funded this.
Release money and time? Yes. Equipping SOWERS Malawi with a photocopier will reduce costs from MK20/page to MK2.4/page. That's not counting the time required presently to travel to town and back to get the copying done. USD2425
Thank you for your support.
Three years ago SOWERS responded to requests from Uganda to come and train churches in outdoor evangelism. Kenya followed suit a little later. Each year our Regional Director visits to take training to the next level, to encourage and guide the leaders and generally to build the work. Cost $2790
THANKS for your help.
This is a support project for Project 72. SOWERS Regional Directors need to visit Uganda and Kenya to train Sowers, encourage churches and teams, develop leaders, etc. Could you help with the airfares? USD2095 Thank you.
Seketi writes, "I used to go to church without knowing and understanding what being born again means. One Sunday in 1976, a preacher preached about salvation from Romans 3:23; 10:9-10. I realised that although I went to church, my destination was hell. That is when I gave my life to Jesus Christ."
Nepali Sowers are excited about supporting SOWERS work through a chicken farming project. A chicken farmer from New Zealand is available to give experienced advice. He and Regional Director John E should travel to Nepal during the start up phase when his advice is most needed. While in the region, they will visit and boost the work in India. USD9210.
April saw a major advance in Sierra Leone as Ghanaian Sowers answered calls to come and train churches in outdoor evangelism. Now the churches in Sierra Leone are ready for Stage 2 of their training.
Donation made for a bicycle for Joy in India.
Project created to facilitate handling.
Nepali Sowers are determined to work to raise funds for SOWERS ministry. A joint venture chicken farming has been chosen as a start. The joint venture will be 50/50 with the farmer providing the land. Sowers share is to fund a suitable building and supply the chickens. Can you help these Sowers help themselves?
Completed, thank you. The training materials were warmly welcomed.
The work in Nepal is growing well as more churches see the effectiveness of the SOWERS Program. The demand means sketchboards are needed as are print runs for various training materials as soon as possible. Would you think and pray about funding a component part of the overall total of USD5110? Click on 'Sketchboards draw people' for a short list. Donate online
FIRST YEAR COMPLETE - THANK YOU
Pastor Peter received SOWERS training years ago in Liberia. He is asking us to start training churches now in Sierra Leone. This project has been in the pipeline for some years now but because of lack of funding and a sponsor. Would you pray with us that the Lord will provide funding?
THANK YOU for your partnership
When SOWERS' Regional Director gets to Uganda this year funds are needed to continue the development of SOWERS Trainers at Level 3 and Level 4. He will also work with the small Committee to do further work on Registering SOWERS in Uganda.
He will also spend time in Kenya at the end of his trip to Uganda to follow up on what was done in 2011. USD2400.
Thanks for your help.
Ugandan churches continue to pursue SOWERS' training. 2012 is the third year of annual training visits by our Regional Director for Central Africa. Kenyan churches have joined in, praise God.
This request is for funding of the 2012 airfares to Uganda and Kenya. USD2545.
Local Registration Complete
Continued growth of the ministry needs national registration. This adds credibility and accountability to the ministry and encourages prospective National Board members that SOWERS is well founded. USD350.
In 2011 our Regional Director for Central Africa, accompanied by Emmanuel K (Level 5), visited Kenya at the request of church leaders there. The purpose was to conduct some training and to assess the possibility of establishing a permanent work there. This Project is Stage 2 of that process and also prepares for Project 58. USD1165.
Imagine having to walk down the street to a local vendor every time you needed to send an email or copy a document or do any number of everyday office tasks. What a drain on productivity! What inefficiency! Yet that is what our Philippines National Director has to do. Could you help supply a computer and printer? USD1180.
How well do you speak Nepali? Probably about as well as Nepalis speak English! There is an immediate need for Level 1 and Level 2 manuals and counseling booklets. USD700.
FUNDED THANK YOU
A replacement photocopier is urgently needed in Lusaka. The previous photocopier is 12 years old and has become obsolete and they cannot get parts. So they are struggling to efficiently produce short-run manuals to do the work. USD3225. Donate online
The wheels are rolling, thank you for your help.
John covers a wide area on difficult roads as he trains and nurtures Sowers. His last bike arrived in 2000 and has been properly serviced and cared for since. Sadly, spare parts are no longer available so the bike can no longer be repaired. Would you help him get a replacement? USD2600.
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP. THE NEED HAS BEEN MET.
EMERGENCY! Imagine being left with nothing but the clothes you are standing in. What would you do? Where would you start? This is the experience of Hassane and Josiane, Sowers in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). We are looking for USD1500 to send as soon as possible. Could you help them in their calamity?
Chichewa is spoken widely in Malawi and less so in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. It is used for training and open air outreach in all 3 countries. The stock of manuals for training Level 2 Sowers is almost exhausted.
USD 2070 for 3000 copies. Update - only USD1000 to go. Can you help?
Fascinating Philippines with its Spanish-American influences is a fertile field for furthering the gospel. Our Regional Director for Asia has responsibility to nurture, encourage and facilitate that work. A visit is needed for those purposes now. Opportunity will be taken also to conduct training and improve communications. Cost: USD2830.
This next phase is already underway. Thank you to those who made it possible.
In 2010 an initial visit was made to Uganda at the request of churches there. Initial training was given in a few churches. The SOWERS Program is practical - training must be put into practice before further training is given. That has been done and it is time to take the next step and carry out further development of the Program in Uganda. Cost USD4690 Thanks.
COMPLETE. Thank you.
Samuel and Thandiwe have a need for basic furniture after being forced to move. Samuel is the National Coordinator for Zimbabwe and doing a great job. Sadly their income makes it impossible to buy any of the needed items. Please don't send furniture unless you live nearby, but otherwise ... Thanks.
Thanks for your support. Growth in the SOWERS ministry in Zimbabwe has reached the point where a full-time staff member is needed, rather than the part-time position of late. We want to continue the momentum that exists in training churches to use this tool that is so effective in reaching people for God. Would you join us in prayer for the USD5520 per annum that is needed?
Thanks to our generous donor.
It is no news to anyone that communication is critical. SOWERS makes a huge effort to keep costs to a minimum by using electronic communication wherever possible. Yet even that is relatively expensive in countries such as Zimbabwe where other things can be so inexpensive. One donation of USD465 per year to cover the cost of internet access would release other desperately needed funds for very productive ministry.
Wheels are in motion. Bless you for your help.
Transport is a huge challenge for our National Coordinator. He needs to vist and develop widely scattered teams of Sowers. He needs to take a sketchboard and easel to training seminars. Try to imagine carrying them on a bicycle for long distances over rutted dirt roads. A motorbike will greatly increase his productivity. USD2300.
God blessed your gifts with significant strengthening of the work. Thank you.
This project has two aims. The SOWERS' President (Ghanaian) has an unmatched ability to encourage and challenge our African Boards and staff. Our Partnership Coordinator also needs to visit the region with similar purpose directed specifically at partnership issues and international coordination. The plan is for them to travel together to reduce costs and have maximum impact. There is also a need for some specific training and coordination in DR Congo that they are uniquely equipped to accomplish. USD13,800 being mostly airfares.
The operation was successful. Thank you for caring.
Mrs M needs an operation to correct a distressing medical condition. She is the wife of Ps M, the man heading SOWERS' work in Mozambique. Surgery in Malawi requires a one-time payment of USD460. Thanks.
First visit completed successfully and paid for. Praise God - excellent results.
SOWERS is about to launch into Uganda at the invitation of the United Christian Network. The first visit takes place in May. Level 1 and Level 2 training is planned to enable UCN to further evaluate the benefits to them of SOWERS' training. Our people will be able to investigate local resources to strengthen our ability to serve the Ugandan church in future.
Thank you for helping. The vehicle is fixed.
Rodwell's roles as our Zimbabwean chairman are many and varied. He is self-supporting though farming. He has the care of Sowers. He has a significant ministry outside SOWERS, too, and is instrumental in meeting the needs of many. One key tool in much of this is his vehicle. This has broken down and stopped much of his work including family support. USD630 is needed to get it back on the road.
Thank you so much for your help.
Digest 1 is used by Level 2 graduates. These new team leaders are greatly helped by the resources, tips and additional messages contained in this sought after book. It is an important tool in encouraging them and increasing the effectiveness of their work leading their church outreach team. Total cost of the print run is USD2415. T
Funded and printed. Thank you so much.
Training is SOWERS' core competency. Student manuals are key to their learning. Most are too poor to cover the cost of their manuals although expected to make a partial payment. Could you help equip these students in their desire to take the gospel out to the market? Total cost USD2990.
THANKS so much. Fully funded.
Demand in Mozambique is high for SOWERS' training. It has reached the point where full time staffing is needed to adequately respond to the call. Pastor Joao M has several years experience working with SOWERS part time. When the Lord provides the funds he is ready to answer the call to full time work. Thanks.
Funded and printed. Thank you.
The English speaking countries in Central Africa (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi) need a brochure to introduce and clearly explain to church leaders what SOWERS' training is.
The photocopies used now are expensive and do not reproduce clearly. New Horizon Printing Press in Lusaka have designed an attractive new brochure suitable for use in all three countries. They can print 5000 brochures for USD600.
Would you consider helping us with some or all of that amount? If you can help, please use the donation block on the left.
Fully funded. Thank you for your partnership.
The SOWERS' Program has always been intended for use in the open marketplace where the crowds readily listen. In some places it is too dangerous to evangelise like that, even though people are keen to hear the gospel. A trial of using the Program off the street, say in courtyards, has been authorised and is currently under way. It has been fully funded from within India. Praise God.
Completed, thank you. Funding is needed to systematically develop the Northern Region. Transport is the major cost, about 50% of the USD320 per month. Thanks so much for considering this project.
All paid. Thank you for your generosity.
Active Level 3 Sowers (refer front page for Levels) need a means of transport to go to churches in their provinces for training new church teams and encouraging existing ones. Thirty bikes are needed at USD150 each - total USD4500.
Fully funded, Praise God and thank you.
Great progress was made in the first two training visits. Ps N is leading the work under the guidance of the Regional DIrector. Further consolidation is needed in 2009.
Project complete, thank you.
The wires don't stay up on the poles! Telephone cables are so valuable for their scrap value that thieves have taken them down and Zimbabwe's phone company doesn't have the foreign currency to buy replacements - not that they would stay in place long either. The solution - a wireless facility. Communication to and from SOWERS Zimbabwe can most economically be obtained in this way. USD310
Completed. Thank you for your support
Could you meet part of this man's need?
The quantity of work in Zambia necessitates an office assistance to properly care for Sowers and administer the work. The Board wants a committed Christian with knowledge of the SOWERS Program and office procedures. USD350 per month. Thanks so much.
Cancelled. This project aims to provide funds for feeding the families of Level 3 and Level 4 Sowers while they are away training churches in other areas. Without this support the training can't go ahead as the Sowers need to work to sustain their families. USD1000. Thanks for your partnership.
Thank you. Repairs completed.
The Sowers' house is suffering badly from overdue maintenance and accelerating decay. The project aims to repair it and restore it to a weatherproof state. Cost: USD2800
Visits 1 & 2 have been funded. Thank you.
Nepali Christians request SOWERS training and SOWERS Philippines has responded by offering Sowers to conduct training. Their finances can't stretch so far, though, so this project is out for international partnership. Airfares are about USD1500 per person and three are needed on the first visit so senior Filipino Sowers can be given experience in transferring the Program internationally. Only two people will need to go on subsequent visits.
Project established. Thanks for your help.
Zambian Sowers propose a bee-keeping project to help with their support. The initial cost of setting up the project, including purchasing and transporting the hives, equipment for extracting the honey, and training for two people is USD900.
The farm management team is already in place and will handle the beekeeping alongside the other activities on the farm. Time required will be 2-3 days twice a year when the honey is extracted and sold.
Thank you - project completed
A motorbike is proposed as the most effective method of overcoming the lack of public transport to enable Pastor M to reach more areas, to train more teams and to encourage and assist existing Teams and Trainers.
There are many positive side-effects as Pastor M will be able much more easily to visit teams both in Niassa and Zambezia Provinces. The distances between places are up to 100kms and the roads are not good in places, so the use of a motor bike is the much more effective way of travel. Pastor M currently has to use a push bike and this is means he has to ride for many hours to visit and encourage teams and is often exhausted at the end of the day. In his mid to late 40s, this would be a great asset to him and the ministry. With a large carrier on the back of the motor bike, he will be able to carry the equipment he needs with him. It is not heavy, just bulky.