Agricultural Economic Development (AED)
As a result of the Day Camp experience, several men’s curiosities were nudged and thus began the investigation of agriculture’s place in Ukraine. A vision trip made up of six men travelled to central Ukraine in 2001 to try to understand the needs and possibilities that are there. A loan of $3,000 was made to help four fishermen expand their business. This loan was repaid in a very short time. Thus AED (Agricultural Economic Development) was born. The program began as the fruition of a dream to help Ukrainians help themselves. Pastors and fulltime Christian workers need to be able to have a way to generate income to support their families and still do the work fulltime that God has called them to do.
A fund has been set up for donations which is in turn loaned to applicants with a business plan that meets standards of repayment. The interest is being used to support a project each year that is determined by the Ukrainian committee. Most of these new business projects employ more than one or two people. A bakery that was started now employs 14 - 20 people.
This project has helped give credibility to the gospel of Jesus Christ and has given hope to many. A team of six men in Ukraine work with us to make the loan decisions. Every dollar is used for the loan project.
Donations to the project are tax deductible and may be given to New Journey Church or the Minnesota Baptist Conference with “AED” on the memo line.