One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

cabbage-rotton-compostIf any of you drive by our compound and see my husband hugging an enormous bag of rotten cabbage, know that we have not lost our minds. We are composting! Why? Because our students want to turn our compound into a demonstration ground where local believers suffering from famine in nearby villages can come and learn how to grow large amounts of organic, nutrient dense foods in small spaces.

John and the students had quite a race with local pig farmers after the market closed to see who could collect cabbage leaves the fastest. I believe they won around 7 bags.

 

Becoming Organic and Healthy

mulch-organic-farming-ugandaI have to admit, becoming an organic gardener takes much more patience and hard work than I expected. Before raise beds can go up and seeds can be placed in the ground, we need compost. Compost requires mulch (dry material), green material, and manure, and after collecting it, an additional 6 weeks to decompose. But our students hard work is getting them somewhere. They have been spending around 2 hours every afternoon collecting leafs and other dry materials. We should be ready to start our first compost pile by next week. organics-for-orphans-mulch

It’s a Girl!

missionary-baby-showerWe are expecting a baby girl sometime around a month from now, and we were so blessed when our local missionary community decided to host a baby shower in her honor (mainly the Rosser family, and the Grahams).  We are still overwhelmed by all the gifts and feel much more prepared. The final ultra sound should be sometime next week.

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The New Minisry Schedule

studying-btcp-ugandaNow that we are under one roof with all of our students, we have begun studying full time. John has done a good job coming up with a tight schedule, and he is sticking to it. He keeps it taped on the shelf next to the Bible and doesn’t respond well to objections. It goes something like: 6:00 am, class starts, 9:30 pm class breaks and homework begins. We had some complaints at first based on “sleep deprivation,” and I’ll admit it isn’t easy, but we are now all adjusted.

Staying Disease Free

organics-4-orphans-disease-freeOur students returned from the agricultural training in Kenya last week. After one month of fasting from everything except raw vegetables, they have been declared “disease free.” To be quite honest, they look pretty healthy!  We have many exciting medicinal plants laying around our house now waiting to be planted and have also been blessed with bags of nutrient dense crop seeds. It’s exciting to learn from them how many random flowers in our back yard are medicinal! In a few weeks time, will have quite the homeopathic clinic sprouting up in our backyard. If only the stevia plants would have survived the journey home!

Settling Into Ministry Compound

We asked many of you all to pray for us as we shifted into our future home. We are now in the thick of working on repairs while waiting for our last two students to return from Agricultural training in Kenya. At this point, we have running hot water and half of the light sockets working. Still much work to be done. This is the guest bathroom after around 12 hours of scrubbing last week and soaking it in vinegar today. Turns out the completely black tiles were white originally.

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Calvary Chapel’s Annual East African Pastors Conference

ellie“As in Philipians 1:6, our confidence continues to grow with the good work the SMBS team did in Uganda. Ellie, a young man who the SMBS team was disciplining, has decided to give up everything for Christ. I got him this morning at our gate at 8 am with his handwritten application letter asking to leave high school in favor of BTCP training. Pray for this young man as he makes a tough decision that might result to rejection from his relatives. I can only look at Elli and reflect 3 yrs back when I risked my life for Christ too.”–John.

John posted this update to Facebook a few weeks back and Ellie is doing excellent. His family is all very proud of him, and we are seeing clearly that he has a heart for the Lord.

We sent him to Kenya over the past week  for Calvary Chapel’s Annual Pastor’s Conference. It was a huge honor for such a youth. It was his first time to ever leave Uganda. He came home night before last and said the whole conference was on leadership skills and that he really enjoyed it. He also had a good time bonding with the godly group of men on our church’s leadership team. His face was beaming as he showed us a brand new NKJV Study Bible he was rewarded after showing up early. It might be the nicest Bible I have ever seen in all of Uganda! Anyways, we felt like proud parents.

You can read more about Ellie’s testimony under the “Meet Our Students” tab.