BENEFITING: Outreach Mission Support
Please help Outreach Mission Support breathe life back into the villages of Central Africa, beginning with northern Cameroon.
For the past five years, the Lake Chad basin has fallen victim to the terrorist group Boko Haram, which has been responsible for numerous deadly attacks. These attacks have been particularly vicious, targeting public and strategic locations such as markets, hospitals, barracks and schools of the countries located in the Lake Chad basin. The attacks include looting of villages and killing of innocent civilians as well as mass abductions. This has resulted in the displacement of thousands of civilians throughout Nigeria and neighboring countries.
An evaluation conducted in areas most affected by the insurgency (the far-North of Cameroon: Diamare, Logone and Chari, Mayo-Sanaga and Maya Sava) by UNICEF and the Ministry of Basic Education revealed that up to 120 schools were forced to close in ten districts, with many buildings now occupied either by the displaced population or by the armed groups.
Boko Haram also directly affects the regional agricultural communities. The attacks in several villages forced farmers to abandon their farmland - as a result, farms and crops were abandoned.
The goals of Outreach Mission Support’s project are two-fold. First, to bring affected refugees back to their homes in the villages in the Lake Chad basin area. Second, to break the cycle of young Africans choosing the path of terrorism espoused by Boko Haram by providing them with income-generating work, an education and an opportunity to experience the gospel.
Outreach Mission Support trains missionaries (using the "train the trainer" methodology) to empower indigenous African people to manufacture craft products based on local raw materials designed for the American retail market. These value-added goods are exported to the United States and sold through fair-trade retail outlets, regional churches interested in supporting Outreach Mission's Mission as well as online sales. Income generated is returned to the African people through the local missionaries for both living support and support to missionary activities in the various Mission fields in in the Lake Chad basin (Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, Central African Republic and Sudan).
Outreach Mission Support has partnerships with missionary teams located in 40 regions (villages and rural areas) within Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, the Central African Republic, Congo and Sudan. These teams will train the local population to create the craft products designed for the American retail market from January through July each year (the hot season). The African Regional Headquarters of OMS is based in Yaounde, Cameroon. Products produced in the field will be delivered to the Regional Headquarters and then exported to the United States. U.S. management, warehousing and fulfillment is located in Monmouth, Illinois.
Outreach Mission Support (a registered 501(c)3) is seeking $35,000 in start-up capital to enable us to launch the project. These startup funds will be utilized to:
- Provide for an initial mission trip to Africa to oversee startup operations (for Jacques and Grace Mono)
- To set up training program (training missionaries in first villages and purchasing needed equipment, such as sewing machines)
- Buying raw materials (untanned hides, dyes and tanning supplies)
- Providing for the creation of six work centers in the villages with existing missionary teams
Outreach Mission Support is led by Pastor Jacques Mono. Jacques founded OMS in 2014. He has served as a Transcultural Mission Coordinator in Africa (Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, Sudan, and Centrafrica) for the last 12 years, working with numerous local and international organizations. He holds an advanced Diploma in Christian Leadership and Management from the Haggai Institute in the United States (in Maui, Hawaii). Mono has been working since 1998 with many African and international organizations to build the relationships and missionary activities for the Central African people. Currently, he is living in the United States, in Monmouth, Illinois with his family. OMS is the culmination of his life’s work.
The OMS project is designed to be sustainable. Once the first villagers are trained and the initial products are brought into the United States for resale, the profits from the fair-trade sales will be used for further training in Africa (and expanding the number of village-based work centers), and more raw material purchases. As the OMS project grows, funds generated from product sales will be invested in cultural infrastructure improvements in the mission villages, such as school and community centers.
Please help Outreach Mission Support begin this important work. The foundation has been laid, and we now need your help to bring this project to a sustainable scale. Thank you so much.