The Lulu Tree is passionate about partnering with evangelical pastors across Africa who have a heart for their people. These are men who have laid down their lives for their own people, and long to help them, yet have no means to do so.

We delight in coming alongside them and giving them a hand up by providing micro-investments for their businesses, business training, prayer and scriptural training, and microloan programs for their congregations.

Additionally, every six months our Uganda pastors are engaged in Truth Centered Transformation training — a Bible-based program which has brought over 500 communities out of poverty. Meanwhile our Sierra Leone pastors are discipled under National Director Pastor Sonnel Kamara and GEM Ministries, a national ministry dedicated to equipping its own people in Biblical training.

We want to see these shepherds able to care for their own families so they can, in turn, have the respect and trust of their community. See below for specific examples of how we seek to equip these humble men of God:

 Caring for Pastors

Many of the men we partner with in Uganda, Sierra Leone and South Sudan have received limited to no training yet have received a clear calling from the Holy Spirit to serve as pastors in their communities. We seek to develop their calling through monthly prayer clinics, business training for the micro-investments we give them, providing Bibles and devotional resources, as well as offering pastoral training through local ministries.

 Caring for Pastors’ Families

While the pastors we’ve had the privilege of meeting long to meet the needs of their congregations, they often can’t even feed their own children or send them to school. Prior to helping them help their congregations, we assist these pastors through a micro-investment — that is, we provide capital for their small businesses, whether it be agriculture, business, or other, in order to help them supply for their loved ones.

In Sierra Leone one of the many pastors we’re partnering with is Pastor Ezekiel (seen above with his mentor Pastor Sonnel Kamara who serves as National Director for Sierra Leone); we helped him build a house which he is now using to care for his village’s orphans that cannot be looked after by relatives. He has also received a micro-investment which he is putting towards growing crops (see below).

Pastor Anthony is seen here with Mommy Esther, National Director of The Lulu Tree in Uganda; he is receiving a micro-investment which is helping him care for livestock, including providing chop for his pigs (seen below).

In South Sudan, we are partnering with Pastor Santos (far right) who was the first pastor to have a church in the South Sudanese refugee camps. We are working with him to help him restore his church which was destroyed in a windstorm, so that he can in turn help other churches.

 Caring for Congregations & Communities

Once the pastor’s family has been equipped through a micro-investment, he’s then able to care for his congregation — as his own life is a testimony to the Lord’s provision and care, this often provides him with the respect needed to care for his church. See below for examples on how pastors are equipping their congregations in various countries.

This pastor in the villages of Sierra Leone is handing out Bibles to a very eager congregation. Often it’s only the pastor who has a copy of the Word, and even then it’s very tattered.

Note the new Bibles given on the left, and the worn ones on the right.

This is an example of business training being offered in a Sierra Leone village for women from surrounding congregations.

Pastor Santos (far left) heads up a tailoring and hairdressing program that provides training for women from congregations in South Sudan.

In Uganda the pastors help to oversee mama kit outreaches as well as reusable pad outreaches.

Pastors in Uganda also reach out to their congregation by offering microloans to single mothers and widows, and providing children’s outreaches in the slums (see below).

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