A fund has been set up to provide loans for Business As Mission (BAM) projects in Albania. The way the fund works is that micro loans will be given to entrepreneurial Christians to start or help grow a business. Once the loan is given, the person receiving the loan will work with the BAM advisor and pay back the loan as agreed.
Trinity will donate $7,500 to this fund for approved projects. Once the funds are disbursed, Trinity will receive reports on how the funds are being used and how the projects are progressing.
With this funding, Trinity Church will not only provide capital for investments, but will be able to see progress and transformation in the social, economic and spiritual lives of our brothers and sisters in Albania. Because this is a hand-up and not a hand-out, the $7,500 will continue to be used over and over since the loans are repaid into the fund where they can be used again and again for new BAM projects.
Our missionary, Brian Poole, is serving with Operation Mobilization (OM) in Albania, helping to create a sustainable church through this innovative business model. He has multiple projects that we feel led to support:
Pig farm, Arts and Crafts (available at our World Bazaar), Christian Academy, Plumbing business, T-shirt and sun dress manufacturing.
These businesses support the local churches and new church plants by providing jobs for church members and added income to the business owners. Instead of donations of support coming in from outside the country, we are creating a system of self-sustainability for Christ followers of Albania. We want to develop a deeper relationship with them and stand alongside the Church as it shares the gospel and begins to send its own missionaries out.