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.

The Watermelon Challange

Can you grow crops during the dry season? Yes you can! We embarked on a pretty challenging task.

To teach our main four Bible students that they can support themselves off of agriculture, we planted an acre of watermelon during the hottest time of the year and gave them the responsibility of doing the labor, and praying for its sucess. Some were very skeptical at first, but things have gone quite well. They won’t be ready for harvest until one and a half months from now. Any profit will be stashed away for our students future development after school. If it’s successful we intend to plant one more time.

Bible Study in Ateso

It was a little over one year ago that I was sitting in Nairobi waiting on College Hills’ Team to arrive while watching my future husband pass the late hours by translating a simple Bible curriculum into his tribe’s language. After many months of hard work, those deep in the village learning organic farming from our students are now also studying the Bible in their own language. There are now five organic farming classes. Most have around 12 students and they are all from different religious backgrounds. After taking them through a chapter on the original sin, their main question was “Did God create Satan? Why?”” 

The Chapati Man

What is everyone’s favorite thing to eat when they come to visit us from America? Chapati! Chapati is a flat bread that is made from water and flour , then cooked on an incredibly hot cast iron pan heated by a small charcoal stove. It’s smothered with Crisco as the vendor spins it around in the pan.  In Kenya the dough sometimes contains avocado, at other times pumpkin, sweet potato, shredded cabbage, or onions and bell pepper. In Uganda, they take it up a notch by frying an omelet and wrapping it inside; hence the “rolex” of Africa.  One chapati sells at around $0.15. 

Farming Class

There is way more to the word “Organic” than I need to know. Yesterday, we learned from Peter about using “liquid gold” fertilizer (I’ll let your imagination fill in the blanks). He and James have been so busy teaching groups in the village about organic farming that we are just now starting class at home. I assume tomorrow’s lesson will be on the benefits of “solid gold” fertilizer…which is already a term I have heard him use once…yikes!

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday baby Gavriella, you turned one month old today! I found you all the way over on the wrong side of your crib this morning. You sure know how to move around for a one month old. 

Never too Late for Chrsitmas

Recognize these boxes? Christmas came a bit late this year, but late is better than never! It has always been my dream to give one of these boxes away after all the ones I filled as a child, so you can imagine how excited I was when one of the local bishops called John on the phone and asked if we could help. Scovia had fun distributing them in her home village where she will begin teaching kids. She has mentioned more than once an interest in children’s ministry so this is a great opportunity for her!