The Thirteen Departments

Each of our Christian discipleship centers (called Christian Community Development Centers) comprise of thirteen departments. Each department addresses a serious development need in western African. The Foundations goal is to assist Torch-inspired programs/projects within the these departments as well as across departments as needed to inspire efficient and effective integrated system of discipleship ministries – in effect helping in the campaign by the whole church to take the whole gospel to the whole community.

I - Gospel Communication

  • In the villages and cities: Torches, Beams, Sparks, Flames, (weekly small group meetings), and Flashes (monthly Saturday celebration get-together of all small groups in a given location).
  • In the schools and universities: Torches, Beams, Sparks, Flames, and Flashes.
  • In the market place, public place, and in the professions: Torches, Beams, Sparks, Flames, and Flashes (businesspersons, civil-servants, farmers, lawyers, police, taxi-drivers, etc)
  • Torchbearer radio, TV, newspaper, printing/publishing house, etc.

II - Spiritual Development

  • Programs that focus on life-long Christian character development programs for youths and adults.
  • Programs that encourage the working out of Christian character in the market place, the public place, and the private place.

III - Leadership Development

  • Seminars, workshops, conference etc, that focus on leaders involved in discipleship through community transformation
  • Networking of pastors, business, and community leaders in every village or city

IV - Business Development

  • Full service computer technology centers
  • Full service automobile technology centers
  • A construction company
  • Restaurant Chain
  • Business partnerships with the emerging entrepreneurs we develop

V - Economic Development

  • Electricity alternatives
  • Gas generation from waste
  • Road infrastructure
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
  • Transportation: Motorcycle and automobile program
  • Other infrastructure critical for business productivity

VI - Intellectual Development

  • Eliminate school fees for primary school for all children in the village
  • Increasing school attendance by girls
  • School meals with locally produced and nutritionally balanced foods
  • Secondary school and Higher education work-study programs
  • Community library in every village
  • International exchange programs that spread the benefits of advancements in art, science, technology, and division of labor to the grassroots of Africa.

VII - Professional (Vocational) Development

  • Agricultural technology training
  • Food technology
  • Automobile and Diesel technology
  • Computer technology – software & hardware
  • Carpentry
  • Construction technology
  • Tailoring
  • Business systems technology
  • Welding technology
  • Drafting and Design technology

VIII - Health Development

  • Village health clinics
  • Community health centers
  • Hospitals
  • Train health professionals

IX - Social Development

  • Focus on pregnant and lactating mothers
  • Programs that focus on children less than 5 years old
  • Opportunities for underutilized men
  • More efficient locally produced gas cook stoves
  • Improved kitchen ventilation
  • Initiatives targeted at widows and orphans
  • Rehabilitation of the physically handicapped
  • Creating Gender Responsive Infrastructure

X - Disease prevention Development

  • Malaria
  • HIV/AIDS and TB
  • Village Clinics
  • Village health care workers
  • Latrines
  • Gas generation from waste – village energy supplies
  • Household Water Supply
  • Water Supply for Schools and Medical Facilities
  • Water filtration and purification
  • Gathering and Communication of medical information

XI - Environmental Development

  • Crop Productivity
  • Animal Agriculture
  • Seed quality and availability
  • Agricultural Education and extension
  • Post-harvest handling and marketing
  • Water quality & Management
  • Agro-forestry & Biodiversity

XII - Cultural Development

  • Replace celebrations of death with celebrations of life
  • Secure the same rights for females as for males
  • Eliminate other cultural barriers to development

XIII - Civic Development

  • The Freedom project - Citizenship Education – human rights, civil rights, elimination of corruption, promotion good governance, etc
  • The Africa project - to place Africa under one constitution
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The Torchbearer Foundation for Missions, Reconciliation & Development is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1999 by Dr. Martin Niboh (PhD Physics and Dr. Alfred K. Njamnshi (MD, MA, DMS, FMH Neurology) to train holistic community development and establish networks of integrated self-sustaining projects to achieve a healthy and economically improved faith-based lifestyle. © 2011 Torchbearer Foundation for MRD. All Rights Reserved