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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…

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 […]

A Wrench In The Plan

Sometimes we get thrown a curve ball. Often in our work in South Africa, the unexpected happens. In those times, Kerry and I look at each other and say, “I didn’t see that coming!” We got thrown a curve ball in January. Zephaniah, our lead trainer, didn’t come back to work after the Christmas break. […]

Making a Compost Sifter

During the Christmas break, Dan built a compost sifter. If you’re making your own compost, it should be sifted before use to separate out the bits of branches that haven’t quite broken down. In the photo above, you can see that very simple materials can be used for a compost sifter. However, if you’re looking […]

Our Future: Building a Network of Trainers

A part of our ministry philosophy is to always try to work ourselves out of a job. The main idea here is spiritual multiplication through intentional discipling: making disciples who make disciples. One of Dan’s disciples is Zephania Mbuyisa, whom he has been discipling for over three years through the work at Seed of Hope. Since I met Zeph, […]

Our Vehicle Theft Saga

One constant of our life in South Africa is that there are always challenges that we probably wouldn’t be dealing with if we were living in Canada. A few short weeks after our arrival back in South Africa following our Home Assignment, our car was stolen right out of a large parking lot of a […]