Thoughts and happenings around the Belgian Free Christadelphian Ecclesia Brussels-Leuven – Gedachten en gebeurtenissen rond de Ecclesia Brussel-Leuven van de Broeders in Christus
The Faith Fish Farm A hand-up, not a handout
Caring for the poor is a central theme throughout Scriptures. In the Mosaic Law, God instructed Israel,
“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the Lord your God.”
The residue of the harvest was left in the field so the poor could have food. Provided they were able, the poor did the work themselves — retaining their dignity and benefiting from the work of their own hands.
The same principle is at work at the Faith Fish Farm in East Timor.
WCF has provided seed funding for the establishment of a fish farm to provide employment for local brethren and to establish a beachhead for preaching the Gospel on this island nation.
Described as the ‘second hungriest place on earth’ the young ecclesia in East Timor (or Timor Leste) now has a plot of land, a structure to both accommodate the workers and serve as a meeting hall, and the first of several planned concrete fishponds to raise tilapia for the marketplace.
As with any new commercial enterprise, there are start up capital costs and unexpected expenses that must be addressed before the farm can produce a source of income for the brethren and fund pastoral and preaching endeavors in the ecclesia.
An estimated deficit of $42,000 is projected for next year. To continue to advance this project, meet the needs of our East Timor brethren and secure a critical protein source for the larger community your donations are urgently needed.