The Best Way to Fish
Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish, and you’ll feed him for a lifetime.
Empower a man to build and maintain a fishpond,
and you’ll feed the next generations by bringing fish to new places.
In many places we serve, Favor could “teach a man to fish,” but if there is no pond, no fishing line, no person trained to repair necessary tools, how will a trained man continue fishing?
Favor trains and equips many communities with more efficient agricultural production practices through our women’s empowerment program, which gives more financial independence to groups of women in rural villages to empower their families. Secondly, our own in-house agricultural projects teach vocational skills to youth coming to Jesus off the streets while producing local income generation for ministry and laying the experiential groundwork for a new generation of needed entrepreneurs.
Subsistence farming – investing and producing enough to feed one’s own family, but not in bulk to trade – is the staple supply of economic production currently. Hand labor and techniques in quality growing soil found in these regions produces enough to eat, but it takes most of one’s time and work to maintain, leaving little room for education or innovation.
Uganda and South Sudan need healthy, working farms that both produce and reflect, the Gospel-empowered virtues necessary to build healthy families and societies. Favor, as a leadership multiplication movement, produces the people and revitalized communities necessary for the organic growth of these essential microbusinesses all over the region, but we also directly invest in agricultural projects on our own land, to generate indigenous income for the Gospel work and to provide hands-on training opportunities to future leaders.