The Beer-Sheba Project combines a sustainable agro-forestry program with holistic training and an agricultural resource center for young Senegalese farmers.
Beer-Sheba has been an active place of learning since March 2012. It is a dynamic environment of new developments and partnerships with inter-denominational groups. Classes of interns come to study at Beer-Sheba for one year. Staff seek to follow the promptings of the Spirit in guiding these interns to realize their leadership abilities as they return to their villages or become involved in various agri-business related activities.
Beer-Sheba is also a working farm. Animal production includes beef, pork, and poultry. The irrigated portion produces onions, hot chili peppers, okra, and tomatoes. In addition, the project makes eco-friendly charcoal that is an effective way to manage its ever growing forest – located in the Sahel desert.
The Beer-Sheba Project seeks to address several issues that affecting rural Senegalese:
- Poverty is a major obstacle to the fulfillment of individuals and to the development of rural Senegal.
- Sustainability is hindered by massive rural exodus.
- Most families practice subsistence farming which offers few prospects for long-term self-support.
- Lack of meaningful training opportunities, both technical and spiritual, affects the quality of lay-leadership in the communities.
The Beer-Sheba Project desires to be:
- A place that exemplifies modern, adapted agricultural techniques and management principles with an entrepreneurial perspective.
- A place of holistic training for young farmers from all denominations.
- A place where the Bible is taught and lived within a community with an emphasis on mindset and worldview transformation.
A gift of $3000 ($250 per month) can support the cost of one student for Beer-Sheba’s year-long transformation and discipleship school. Students learn foundational elements of agro-forestry within the context of a biblical worldview. Twenty-five students are anticipated for the 2015/2016 class year, beginning in March 2015.