The Lulu Tree prevents tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s families through the local church — with resources including sustainable farming methods and tools.
Pastor Sonnel Kamara is from Sierra Leone and has a heart for his people. Having overseen 40 evangelical churches, this humble farmer is seeking an abundant harvest for his heavenly Father. One of his greatest desires is to equip the local church by training up men and women in 12 different villages to care for their own children. He does this by teaching them sustainable farming methods, by providing microloans towards tools and fruit trees for the men, and by involving the men and their families on his farm.
In addition to equipping Pastor Sonnel with a seeder, thresher, plow, trailer, cassava machine and a storehouse to keep the produce and tools, in November of 2017, a 1979 Ford tractor was donated by the California government. Sonnel and the village men are now able to plant acres of rice, cassava and fruit trees. They also lend out the seeder and the plow to surrounding areas in order to plant seeds of the gospel.
In January of 2019 a rice mill was provided and over four rice farms were threshed and harvested by local villagers, sustaining more than a dozen villages during the famine season. By 2019 the number had extended to 18 villages being equipped by Sonnel’s community rice farms.
Pastor Sonnel is just one example of countless pastors across Africa who are investing in their communities through sustainable farming initiatives.
In Uganda, Uncle Joel Lutaaya oversees the School of Hope farm, an acre of land upon which he practices Farming God’s Way and teaches the methods to the teen mothers and pastors. The goal of this farm is to sustain the School of Hope program.
In the South Sudan refugee camps, and across the border in the town of Nimule, South Sudan, both Pastor Santos and Pastor Francis are teaching sustainable farming techniques through Foundations for Farming in Zimbabwe.
And in the villages of Liberia, Pastor Zawu is not only working alongside his churches to operate two different farms which care for the 500 students at the school he runs — he’s also raising goats.
By partnering with The Lulu Tree’s sustainable farming program, you will not only be helping these pastors raise up fathers who can provide for their families, but to both plant — and harvest — the seeds of the gospel.