In addition to TCOAC projects at the Village of Jeremiah there has been an increasing influx of people from the local community of Bukeye, and surrounding areas, coming to us to ask for help that are in desperate circumstances. In 2014, we opened up a Social Program where we receive people, sit with them and hear their situations, counsel and pray for them and finally see how we can intervene, support or refer their situation to other organizations we work closely with.
An important aspect of this program is to do investigations for each case we are considering to support, where we visit their home and talk with community members and neighbors to ensure the information given is true. This enables us to assist people effectively and emphasizes on the need for trust and honesty in the relationships we build. We also keep comprehensive files for each person that has been a part of this program that helps us to see the transformation and change that has taken place over the years.
In our social program, we have the following programs available facilitated by our social workers:
We work closely with the local government and community members and desire to not build dependency but rather give a helping hand for a necessary period, point them to Jesus and empower them to use their struggles as building blocks to move forward. In many cases, our social program beneficiaries are put into a work program that enables them to work and pay back the financial support they were given.
In addition to our social program, our heart is to go out weekly and share the gospel and pray with people house to house. We have also done various outreaches in the community with sharing the Jesus film, distributing seeds for planting and giving goats to local families.
Jesus asks us to stop for the one, to see them, to be compelled by love to do something. We want to walk this out here in our village, to love deeply and to be a beacon of hope to the hopeless and a light in the darkness.