In rural Africa (at least 80% of the continent) a pastor may still be expected to minister in an area of 100+ square miles. Even today many do this on foot!
Imagine the visiting and evangelism that just cannot get done!
Imagine how often the pastor gets home to see his family!
A bicycle makes a tangible difference to a pastor’s ministry - it is cheap to run, and can travel on footpaths as well as roads.
APF seeks to raise funds in the UK to help pastors in East Africa to buy their own bicycles. The relative cost for a pastor is enormous as most do not get paid any stipend and rely on farming to support their families. Normally the pastor contributes 10% of the cost so that he feels the bike is really his own.
Bicycles cost between £70 and £90 and are sourced locally so that spares are also readily available. Applications for funding are made through a regional representative who also decides on the allocation of the bikes.
Recent grants include:
Ceprodilic for Rutana, Burundi £1062 December 2012
Diocese of Muyinga, Burundi £1710 September 2012
Deeper Life Church Tanzania £700 May 2012
Requests to be fulfilled:
Ankole Mbarara (Uganda), AEBR (Baptist - Rwanda), Baptist Union of Uganda.