DROUGHT AND FAMINE
There has been a real lack of rain and as a result many crops have failed, which means famine will follow, along with a major rise in the cost of the food that the villagers eat; such as, maize, beans, kale and rice.
WHAT ABOUT THE WIDOWS' FARM?
Johnfred (the overseer) and Charles (one of the farm hands) told us that we will have a "bumper crop" of maize this season. (What?!!) The mango trees bore fruit before the drought set and there was an abundance of mangoes to give the widows. Of course, due to the drip irrigation from our well the vegetable patch has done fine. Peter and Charles report some of the sweet potatoes were the size of their heads. WOW!! (Sorry no photos - Johnfred's camera broke.)
|Peter next to one of the large ones!|
The bananas have done exceedingly well also; Peter and Charles have been in competition to see whose section looks the best! Even the youngest ones are bearing. New rice beds have been added and all of the new seedlings are thriving. We haven't been able to figure that out yet, because we can't water them from the well - not enough water for that!
SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS!
|Look at those wonderful storm clouds!!|
In the vill-age, it is said that when a visitor comes and it rains they are bringing a blessing! We have heard that since we started coming in 2006. Well, on Wednesday night we decided to go to the farm on Thursday to check things out and that night there was a major downpour and it rained sporadically after that into Thursday. When we arrived Charles and Peter came running to us (and we to them) greeting each other and they overwhelmed with joy saying we had brought the blessing with us!
The maize is indeed spectacular. It exceeds that of our neighbours' in colour and height.
Of course, we fertilize and perhaps they don't. But some of the stalks actually have THREE ears, and many have two. We are stunned and amazed (amaized?) at God's blessings on this little patch of land. Additionally, Johnfred had another 1/2 acre plowed and put maize in there.
We will try to keep them shorter and more frequent so that you don't have so much to consume with all the other information and social media in today's society.
Please continue to pray for us and the projects here in Kadawa and the surrounding area!
BLESSINGS, GRACE, PEACE and REST!!!