An Urgent Opportunity
Last spring we began developing an agriculture program at LTC. The program is designed to be a vocational training program that would provide a means of support for our graduates as they begin their localized ministries.
We needed to purchase a few more acres of land to implement the project. However, we did not have the funds, so decided to postpone the project. Mr. Boonlert decided to go ahead and do what he could on the current property. He started raising chickens, ducks, turkeys and frogs!
In the meantime, a family donated $27,000 towards the purchase of additional property specifically for this project. We began negotiations on a property adjacent to the campus. The final negotiated price was $39,000.
|Carmen & Boonlert standing in front of property with the deed|
We were able to borrow money to go ahead and buy the land. Because it is in the name of the non-profit foundation, it took several months to complete the process. But, on October 17, LTC took ownership of the property.
This is an exciting opportunity. The need to help ministers be self-supporting is urgent! Inflation is affecting even the remote villages and traditional farming methods no longer provide sufficient funds for a family. Churches are still unable to support their own pastors. It is indeed an urgent situation for the Church.
LTC is committed to training leaders for the church and for the community. We are in discussions with an organization that specializes in doing innovative projects in villages. With this additional land, we hope to develop an efficient agriculture project that will give graduates skills needed in the village setting. An anticipated result will be the alumni's increased influence in the village and thus more opportunity to make an impact for Christ.