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!  

Three Month Old

Our  little girl just celebrated her first 3 months by going out to the village with us to pay the grandparents a visit. She got to ride in the car seat, meet the whole clan, suck her thumb with her cousins, and wrapped up all the excitement, new faces, and smells, by taking a much needed nap in her aunts grass thatched house. Sometimes I wonder what it will be like for her as she becomes older. Going from the village to visit the States is a dramatic contrast. Even I struggle with it.

The Generous Heart of a People Group

A few weeks back, our students in Mt Elgon (Sipi Falls) decided to help ease our grocery budget by sending a large amount of beans, plantains, and onions. Its always an encouragement and a blessing when we receive financial support. However, this is the type of financial gift that blesses us more than any other: seeing those being discipled giving back. I think of Paul receiving assistance in the book of Philippians and how sweet their encouragement was to him (we are studying Philippians in Church on Sundays).

Philippians 4:15-17 “As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once.  I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness. At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Bible League Literacy Training

We are so blessed by Bible League, and the Wootton family, for inviting Scovia (and our good friend Ashton Nones) to a teacher training for the adult literacy course. Many people in our villages have a strong desire to read and write, and this curriculum uses the Bible to teach them how, making it a tool for evangelism and discipleship. Not only was the training amazing, but these two came home with a ton of freely donated material.

Devotion

We set a new record this morning: 35 chapters covered in devotion! What was my favorite verse? Psalms 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

Baby Dedication

Someone had her baby dedication yesterday! It was such a blessing having our church family pray for Gavriella. Gavriella’s name in Hebrew means “God is my strength.” It’s interesting how, although I don’t believe our pastor knows that, he mentioned many times in his prayer “strength.” God is the strength every parent needs when raising a child, and what every child needs in overcoming the many dangers of this world.

Organic Farming Classes

I love this picture because it looks like aerobics class gone organic farming…I think it could be the next big thing!

Ok, time for some accountability. Below is all of James and Peter’s work:

James has 3 class that have been meeting for two months:

  • Class 1 has 12 members, 120 raised beds dug, and 24 compost piles
  • Class 2 has 12 members, 80 raised beds dug, and 15 compost piles
  • Class 3 has 12 members, 120 raised beds dug, and 20 compost piles

 

Peter has 2 classes. (Peter just broke away from helping James last week to start his own classes. Things are moving incredibly fast)

  • Class 1 has 12 members, 20 raised beds dug, 3 compost piles
  • Class 2 has 5 members, 40 raised beds dug, and no compost (they promise by next week to have some started but finding the material is very difficult in their area)

 

As of this week, all these people will be studying a Biblical Foundation Course in their language as part of their class period. They all come from different religious backgrounds. Also, as of this week, Scovia will begin doing children’s ministry with their children while they are in farming class. As we minister towards these families, we hope for them to be spiritually, physically, and financially mature. There are many people in the community willing to attend an agriculture class who are not willing to attend church and this gives us a way to build relationships with them and minister towards them.