Preventing tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s families through the local church.
How We Implement the Vision
The Lulu Tree’s mission is to prevent tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s families through the local church. When the church becomes the cornerstone of a community, the downward spiral of poverty is upended as families work together to develop healthy, sustainable villages rooted in the love of Christ–and disciples are made in all nations.
The Tree Branches (Programs)
The REACH Branch
The Lulu Tree partners with pastors in villages to build up the five pillars of their communities: Retail (or small businesses), Education, Agriculture, Church, and Health.
The pastors oversee micro-loan groups in their churches and mentoring the women in the program, instilling a vision for productivity, strong families, and a God-honoring lifestyle, teaching them to problem solve and budget, and providing prayerful encouragement and accountability.
Everyone who enters to be helped is expected to help in some way or another. The longer they remain with the Lulu Tree, the more their level of responsibility is increased. We believe in equipping them to help others instead of creating a dependency.
The Lulu Tree pastors determine eligibility for participation in microloan programs – first by identifying, interviewing, and then selecting congregants who demonstrate need, integrity, transparency, honesty, and a willingness to receive feedback and critique.
The Lulu Tree is also facilitating Farming God’s Way (www.farming-gods-way.org) and TCT training (www.tctprogram.org). TCT is a locally provided Biblical training program for impoverished congregations created by the organization Reconciled World. Since its inception, TCT has helped take more than 300 communities out of poverty.
The Rescue Branch
The Lulu Tree also equips the church with a rescue program, allowing them to care for their country’s most vulnerable.
In Uganda, we’ve constructed dorms for teenage mothers and their babies, to help facilitate their education.
The Lulu School of Hope is a place where teen moms who have been shunned from their regular schools are able to continue their education. We are partnering with a local school in Namagera Village to re-integrate these teen mamas with their peers in a continuation of their education, while helping them to care for their babies.
Bethel Home in Mambo Village, Sierra Leone, is a place where abandoned children are lovingly cared for by Pastor Sonnel Kamara and his wife, Mommy Christiana, a couple who was never able to have children of their own. They are also assisted by national caregivers who are known as “aunties”. This dwelling place provides a “family” versus a traditional orphanage setting where many children are cared for by one director, and offered out for adoption. Bethel’s children will remain at Bethel until they are 18 under the guardianship of Pastor Sonnel and his wife.
The Rescue Branch also offers emergency assistance to those in crisis, in order to prevent children from being orphaned and families from breaking apart. Outreaches are facilitated by local churches to earn the right to speak into their community’s lives and to develop long-term relationships.
The Lulu Tree gathers supplies for monthly outreaches focusing on the areas of education, nutrition, medicine, clean water, refugee relief, and more. These current outreaches are planned and implemented by the local churches.