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Sinethemba “We Have Hope”

It may seem like such a small word, “Hope,” yet it has the surprising capacity to awaken, persevere and overcome. Where hope exists, anything is possible. Where it is absent, there is no greater hell. A person’s eyes can tell you in an instant if hope is present. Eyes overflowing with hope invite change. Eyes vacant of hope feel like wells of despair. By far the greatest poverty is not the absence of money…

Being a Part of the Bigger Picture

There is no organization called, “Farming God’s Way.” No bank account, no board, no employees, no articles of incorporation. Farming God’s Way “is a resource given to the wider body of Christ, to equip the poor and break the yoke of poverty.” It is a tool that teaches people to apply God’s given hope and […]

Celebrating The Completion of a 3 Year CFGB Project

We are so grateful to have had the privilege of partnering with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in a 3-year funded food security project. The project officially ended on May 31, but of course the impact of the investment of time, training and discipleship is just beginning. We had the opportunity to celebrate what God has […]

An Unbelievable Opportunity for Impact in Ethiopia

On rare occasions, we are given a glimpse of a vision for transformational development through agriculture that is far bigger that our immediate local circumstances. And when we do, it changes things! It enlarges our perspective and refuels our focus. Dan experienced this epiphany recently on his latest trip to Ethiopia in May. Most of […]

Discipleship Through Agriculture

  We are often asked by students in our training classes, “Why can’t you just focus on agriculture skills?” Dan’s most common answer to that question is, “Skills are not enough. If I just teach you the agriculture skills, you will fail.” Farming God’s Way includes an understanding of working with God’s creation as well as […]

The Birth of New Things: A Training Strategy

In this new chapter, we have found many new training opportunities opening up for us in the greater Durban area. We are seeing an uprecedented interest by the church and development-minded individuals looking for ways to engage on a holistic level with their communities. Often people will contact us with many questions around food production and […]

Eyes Forward: Moving Out On Our Own

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.   Philippians 3:13,14 No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is […]

Book Review: Kingdom Come: Why We Must Give Up Our Obsession With Fixing the Church, and What We Should Do Instead, by Reggie McNeal

Dan is reading all the time; He loves to learn and have his perspectives challenged. Last year, in discussions about mission and calling with Lynn Dietz, EMCC Regional Minister during his visit to South Africa, Lynn recommended reading “Kingdom Come.” This book articulated so much of what we had been feeling about a deeper call […]

Conservation Agriculture: A Common Cause

One of the images burned into my mind from  our trip to Tanzania was the dry rock laden soils of the farms lining the busy roads between towns. It was the month of February, and farmers were expecting the rains to begin at anytime. But there was an air of uncertainty because none of the […]

Making a Self Watering Garden Container

Self-watering containers are a must if you want to grow vegetables in a container. Most veggies don’t do well in a traditional pot – they don’t like the wet-dry cycle as they need a steady supply of moisture. We live in urban rented accommodation, lacking ideal vegetable growing space (though we’re praying for a different […]