New Harvest Missions International plants churches either in Muslim regions or in the areas often left out by the national government or evangelical missions groups. These are the people who have left the Muslim faith to follow the Lord Jesus and therefore suffer severe persecution at the hands of their family and community as well as face problems of chronic unemployment. Being unable to gain an income through steady employment is an obvious route to poverty. Discrimination against Christians has caused many families to lose their main income. For example, in the northern region of our target area, there is a congregation of 50 adults, where not one of these adults is able to get a job because of religious discrimination.
Micro-Enterprise for the mission field in Togo, West Africa aims at helping those Christians from a Muslim background who are fortunate to have jobs, often are not able to support themselves adequately, much less help meet the financial needs of a church planter or pastor. To find a solution to this situation, NHMI through the YAAL poultry project, has worked to come up with different ways to help the churches to become self-sustaining. One way is to practice a holistic approach by using Micro-Enterprise as a vehicle to assist members through self-employment opportunities. This ministry can boost the morale and self-esteem of the Christian in West Africa by offering them hope for the ability to obtain and sustain a steady source of income.
You Can Help. Poverty is also hindering the work of the planted churches and the proclamation of the gospel as these places of worship often suffer from extreme financial deficiencies. The monetary contribution from Sunday worship services is minimal to sometimes nothing at all. With such widespread abject poverty, tithes are insufficient to cover the cash needed to pay daily expenses. Faced with a depressed economy, pastors, church planters, and evangelists struggle to provide for their families while continuing to minister. Spiritual growth and evangelistic outreach become stymied by the pressing needs of mere survival.