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!

Preparing the Soil

Proverbs 6:6-7
“Go to the ant, O sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,
Which, having no chief,
Officer or ruler,
Prepares her food in the summer
And gathers her provision in the harvest.”
How better to spend the dry season than digging raised beds in preparation for the rain? It has been back breaking labor for all of our students digging through dense, compacted, dry soil, but they have five raised beds prepared at this point.