10 years ago Pastor Henry* was leading a church with his wife Irene*. Life was hard. They put all their resources into the church but there wasn't enough money to sustain them and their family. Now, 10 years later, they are running a successful sugar cane business and travelling across the district to preach. What changed in the life of Pastor Henry? Let's ask him.
“I have been a church pastor now for 22 years. But before Church and Community Transformation (CCT) came to my church it was so difficult to sustain my family and church ministry. All I knew was to preach, pray and visit believers, but I never thought any further than that. When things got desperate my wife and I would go to her parents’ house, 100km away, to collect food.
In 2008 the PAG regional leaders invited us for leaders’ training on CCT. This was my turning point. I realised that a holistic transformation involved being well in my soul and in my body. I felt like I had been blind and now I could see.
A new business
There was a piece of land near the church that the owner thought was useless. He agreed to sell it to me, all the time laughing because he thought I was out of my mind. I hired five men for a week to clear the bush near the stream and I started planting sugarcanes.
I started with one acre of land and planted 200 cuttings. As they matured I expanded to another two and half acres of land where I added 450 pieces of sugar cane cuttings. Now I employ twenty men per day to work on my sugar cane. Weekly I harvest more than a thousand stems and am able to earn more than UGX 300,000 (almost £60).