EERN Church Outreach to New Areas: Rickshaw Taxis
About Our Partner
The Evangelical Church of the Republic of Niger (EERN)
Christians make up only about 1% of the population of Niger, one of the least developed countries in the world. Yet the activities of our partner, the Evangelical Church of the Republic of Niger (EERN), are well-respected in their communities. They have been able to establish 48 churches with 72 evangelism posts in six out of eight regions of the country. EERN schools are highly respected and serve many non-Christian students. The church yearns to reach other regions where a Christian witness is crucial and seeks to expand this project that will provide income for new outreach opportunities. With Outreach’s help the EERN launched a motorized rickshaw taxi business. Rickshaw taxis have recently become popular in Maradi, one of the main cities of Niger, and provide a steady income to their owners. The EERN initially purchased five taxis, selected and trained the drivers. A portion of each day’s fare revenue goes to the church which will reinvest some of the income into expanding the business and the rest of the income into the denomination’s evangelism program.
This creative business venture generates income used to buy property for new church development projects where churches are needed, to fund short-term evangelistic campaigns and to provide employment opportunities for Christians.
The Outreach Foundation is seeking gifts totaling $10,000 to help the EERN expand this creative project.