The Positive Side: Ezra Machasa journey of success
Rev. Ezra Machasa is a father of three children and has been working as a Priest for over 6 years. As he told his story, he said how like many other priests in his diocese, he was always hoping to be located in an area where there are many Christians and this was driven by economic factor. When he was sent to Maweni Parish in 2012, he says he was disappointed because it was a small parish with few Christians; which implied that his life is going to be difficult; and indeed it was.
To his favour Maweni Parish was placed under CCMP program and Rev. Machasa was selected together with some other priests to undertake the training and Later on in 2014 he was again selected to join the Self-help Group model under the PAMOJA Approach which he thereafter started to facilitate herein his parish.
Rev. Machasa on the left showing the grass that he normally collect to feed his cattle. On the right Martin the Pamoja trainer facilitator and Rev. Machasa behind visiting his rice farm
The processes of both Pamoja and CCMP have real changed my world view as I started to see life in another angle. I as a facilitator I though it is important to be the best example to others. Using the skills I learned that the animal keepers are always selling their cattle in low price during the dry season because of limited areas for grazing. I therefore decided to collect glasses during rainy season and put in my back yard at home. I bought six cows in very low price at the average of Tsh 40,000 and sell them at the price of Tsh 400,000 after three months. It was possible for me because I had grass to feed my cows and this skill gave me good income. I have also invested in agriculture where I have grown seven acres of Rice and is my plan to collect the rice remnant which I will use as the feeding stuff for my cows which I will buy during the dry season. I have also bought plot of land and started to build my own house. I have bought my own motorcycle as a means of transport to help me to in my ministry and family issues as well. In this short time I have done a lot to help my church and my family as well.
Now I have no doubt about where to be taken, I am sure I can stand as a priest wherever my Diocese will take me to. I have enough skills and knowledge to transform people’s life. I therefore understand the same river which Peter spent the whole night fishing in vain it is the same river which he got a lot of fish after Jesus told him to fish again.