Turning Vegies into Meat

Now that Gavriella is old enough to travel around, the two of us got to go on a field trip! I’ve been cooped up in the house since my last trimester (we feared the bumpy roads might harm her), so it was a big day for the two of us. Our destination? Our student, James’, organic farming class of course.

I must say his hard work and diligence teaching these classes has payed off. Some of his students are really doing well applying what they have been taught. Pictured to the right is one of them presenting me with a bouquet of organically grown leafy greens–which I must say were quite delicious (he also gave me some cucumbers and a bell pepper). So far, this students garden has been the most successful. He has already bought a goat with the money he made from selling his peas! John and I were really proud of the way our raised beds looked until we saw his! Hence why we are working so hard this week trying to catch up.

This man has also applied the lessons he learned in class about creating organic pesticides by fermenting a specific indigenous weed. He already has over 15 Gallons of it in a special store room out in front of his house.

Our next stop was yet another impressive effort by a student. However, the community demo project is not fairing along the way student’s personal gardens are flourishing. The main issue is a lack of water in the area where it has been placed, and therefore a lack of interest by students to finish it.  Below are two pictures of personal gardens. Make note that this report is only about Sunday afternoon’s class. There are many others.

 

God’s Providence at Work

The other day, I was talking to one of our good friends Ashton Nones and asked if he would be interested in substitute teaching for John one day a week–I figured John could use some rest. Ashton was more than glad to and offered to help on Mondays. The next Sunday, John talked to him about it over breakfast. Believe it or not, it wasn’t two hours later (after Church) that our head pastor asked John “Are you free on Mondays? We could really use your help teaching Inductive Bible Study at our new School of Ministry.” It’s amazing how God starts working providentially before we’re even aware what’s happening.

Gavriella and I had a fun time paying them a visit last week. There are ten students, and they seem to have some excellent teachers for all their courses. We are really excited about the new school. The building is beautiful and has a very nice library! 

Teach Them How to Read the Bible!

Proscovia is on top of things! She is already teaching an adult literacy class after attending Bible Leagues’ conference last week in Jinja. She has also trained our other student Ellie (pronounced Eli) how to teach the classes as well. He will be of great help on the days she is doing children’s ministry. 

The In-Laws are Coming!

Not only are we excited about my parents coming to meet their new granddaughter this summer, but we are even more excited about their intentions to shift this direction. They have purchased a field around 3 hours south of us. They look forward to starting some simple construction projects there this year. They won’t shift for a few years, but hope to have things ready at the right time. 

 

How Village Babies Keep Their Cool

It can get quite hot out here with out AC! Pictured here is Godwin, Gavriella’s four month old cousin. She was also offered a cool seat during class, but politely declined.

The John Surprise

As mentioned earlier, our student Scovia went to Jinja to participate in a Teacher training course offered by Bible League at the school where John was trained. Little did we know that John would have a pressing issue to take care of in Jinja two days latter. Anyways, he decided to stop in and surprise them, and it was a good surprised. I received plenty of phone calls that afternoon telling me how shocked they were. He greatly enjoyed morning devotion with his former teacher and his student together in the same room. 

One Man’s Trash, Another’s Treasure

This week, one of our students is seriously sick and on an IV drip. Please keep him in your prayers. Because we don’t want to start New Testament survey without him, we are taking a week off to till the soil. We are still getting our field ready for what will eventually become a community, organic farming demo field.

John went outside of town looking for bricks to purchase for the raised beds. As he was negotiating with the local brick maker, he looked around the man’s back yard, and behold! The holy grail every organic farmer dreams of: large piles of composted chicken poop. He asked if it was for sale. The man looked a little confused at first, but agreed  to let him remove the chicken poop from his compound for a full $4. It was enough to fill the dump truck bed pictured below. We cant wait until our sick student gets back. He is very enthusiastic about farming and wont believe his eyes!  

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