The goal of SWAP is to encourage people to sacrifice what they want to ensure others have what they need. When a person SWAPs they are following the loving example of Jesus Christ who “swapped” His life for ours on the cross. – Jeff Greer
It’s as simple as this. You can S.W.A.P. a new outfit for a sewing machine which will help a woman start her own business and provide income for her family. You can S.W.A.P. a movie for a fruit tree or ice cream for a chicken. When a person S.W.A.P.s they are following the loving example of Jesus Christ who “swapped” His life for ours on the cross.
Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness and the darkness around you will be as bright as day.
– Isaiah 58:10
It is our desire to use S.W.A.P. to cultivate a culture of giving in our churches, in our communities and in our world. S.W.A.P. gifts should always be above and beyond a person’s regular giving. It should become a way of life not a special event. S.W.A.P. is not meant to benefit budgeted ministries in the church. It should be used as an outreach or missions tool.
The Idea Lab
Grace Chapel, through SSE, has invested in its own version of research & development on the high plateau. At our Oasis House property, we have initiated tests on poultry farming, aquaponics, and dry weather farming as we look for ways to improve yields in an area of virtual subsistence agriculture.
Our agriculture initiatives have focused on generating a year round yield in an area where the dry season limits traditional farming methods. Aquaponics is a technology which employs a circulating water system to raise fish and produce simultaneously. The waste from the fish feed the plants and the plants filter the water for the fish. Dry weather farming uses a more traditional approach but uses water from our wells in a manner that is far more conservative than typical farming methods.
The models will then serve as a learning center for those wishing to reapply these methods for homestead businesses of their own.
The poultry development work has now led to the start of a full-fledged cooperative program in the Kisayhip village. Currently eleven members of the village have started up poultry farms and organized themselves in such a way as to provide a constant supply of chickens for the Jos market. SSE helps provide the sales and distribution support to get the poultry to market and the expertise to assist farmers with problems they may encounter. The structure itself is a model we are evaluating for the future expansion of new business ventures into the village community.