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Missionary Families/Farmers

Edwin Dysinger Jennifer Dysinger




  • December 2, 2017
    8:45 AM


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Good morning. It's a beautiful day. And it's a beautiful group of people. So we're just really happy to be here so this morning we're going to have several. Several sharing about families and agriculture and missions and we had the privilege Jennifer and I had the privilege this summer of spending a couple months in Africa and so we want to share with you about. The trip and. I was right to the last minute trying to get some extra slides on there and so you still trying to get it set up in about but. It was a wonderful trip you know the Lord opened up that opportunity where the new nonprofit started called Global rice and they stopped by the farm to see if there was anybody who could help them build some farms for some orphanages that's there their heart throb is to help with the nutrition of orphans in Africa and around the world so the exciting part was Exter exciting part for us was that Uganda in Tanzania where the country's chosen and that's where we have some African girls we didn't adopt them officially but they became part of our lives when we lived in Sudan and they're both Sudanese when living in Uganda now and tense and yet. If you. Are pleased to say the Lord has really blessed them. 1 of them came to help me when I was pregnant with Paul and I mean I think it was actually the year before and we were giving her a year of schooling in exchange so during became a part of our lives forever. She came to Tanzania and followed us there and she's married to the president of the South Sudanese field and he is in the middle of the war zone she finally left to keep her children in Uganda where they're finishing their schooling so Sammael as holding the fort in South Sudan claim I mean Clement is Samuel is the husband of who's the girl that's now in Tanzania. You start or we can we anyway the amazing thing is we got to see both of them and their kids are college age their oldest So it's amazing it's been a long time since we saw them our idea was actually all of these people from Sudan have been in civil war for over 30 years when we met them and our ideas mother brought them out if you get at that time to South Sudan because people would go back and forth to wherever there was safe T. between Sudan or Uganda they were there from tribes they were near the border and so when things were up themselves to be a made move down to Uganda and then when things are rough and you get a big move back to sell studio and so that's their whole life it's moving back and forth and I love the way they care for each other and their families and we were actually interviewing ideas cousin in our home in South Sudan for a job at that address he wanted to go with us to the cataracts around where the cataracts Oh the Nile goes east and west we were moving way up there where there's pyramids were nor where they nor there. That's right. I got confused because the Nile River is going up anyway. So. When she was at our table our D.M. was in our home and they recognize they were relatives at our table and you see it is the joy screaming the screaming the joy that happened between our DIA and Regina and so Regina did become our counterpart up in the north and then she followed us to Yemen later and helped us there but these ladies are very sacrificial Dia has helped run after South Sudan she's a mark of the right woman she worked for Sudan for many years you know she's a nurse and. OK So when we tell you about them you'll know who they are. And she was actually orphaned she lost her daddy when they came across I want to tell you that story that she was or found by her mother when she was living in our home so getting to enter into the mourning process of actually her receiving that news from that she was shot by the escalator the rubble for the rebel forces so there was a lot of suffering that has happened so we were we were in. Africa from July 16th to September 8th. And this picture here is actually a good news refugee camp in Uganda and it's from what it's reportedly the largest refugee camp in the world right now. So just a little bit about our trip global rise is the agency that we went under their goal is to partner with orphanages in order to improve nutrition they do this by him proving it quick kitchen equipment services and menus and by starting a small farm and we were asked to help with the pharma stablished part of the project and they have selected to orphanages in East Africa that they wanted to start working with. The purpose of our visit was to visit these 2 orphanages and. We had our own personal agenda and to that we were planning and hoping to go back to Sudan not South Sudan but to C.D.N. where we had originally started our overseas service and so we we got bought round trip tix to tickets to Uganda thinking that we would just go up to Sudan from Uganda and then come back to Uganda and then go home but 3 weeks into our 1st month we realized the Sudan trip just wasn't working out. It wasn't the right wasn't the right timing for it the right time in 2000. So. But we already had our return tickets home you know scheduled and so we had 3 extra weeks to fill but. We were there was find other options opened up and we were. We were able to spend time with Doreen and visit the South Sudanese refugee camp and we were able to visit. Well as extremely emotional experience to southern cities again. In that situation. So and we were also able to visit with farms to a local Ugandan S.T.A. and geo with the U.S. base that we were tremendously impressed with and and just briefly I want to introduce you to echo a Christian non Sta agency headquartered in Fort Myers Florida whose aim is to support Christian agricultural missions with information resources regarding crops growing systems appropriate technologies and certain seeds so when they have a an East Africa impact center they call it in Tanzania that we were able to visit because a few pictures of that but if any if anyone is thinking of going overseas these people have a website chock full of lots and lots of very helpful information. There are tremendous resource cutting edge and they really are there to serve you so the 2 are finishes we were going to the 1st 1 was Christology orphanage and cassettes in Uganda and the 2nd 1 was of reach village of hope near Boone to Tanzania and on the Mount. This is Camp Paul Uganda and this by the way is South Sudan here and this is Crystal this orphanage it's it's way over in western Uganda very close to the Congo border. The reach orphanages right here you can see it's it's on this little peninsula that sticks out into Lake Victoria and it is it is actually on the lake. So we started our trip and this is John to see if the the man who started global rise and this is the young lady who. Is the nutritionist for global rise this lady here is. Shalini her she's the 1 who started the Christology orphanage there and this is just. So. This is like a 12 hour drive Yeah we had a 12 hour drive from Kampala out to the orphanage this is a really proud of this Indian woman that had appeared for the Indian orphan in India when she was there and decided that's how she wanted to serve the Lord. So this is the orphanage itself some of the fields in front here they it's on about 2 and a half acres so there's 1 with this of a small farm there but this is On the other side of the orphanage they have this little courtyard and some of the kids there. This is their garden they. Had some tomatoes here the were struggling. At some other. Kale and collards back there that were doing better. A little make of a cow tree some papayas in with the colored. An inch it's been around for about 10 years this is their kitchen. This is something where we're really wanting to improve when they when they cook in there the whole room is just full of smoke and I just found I attended. With my dad I attended an eco conference just a couple weeks ago and they were they were telling us that smoke in the kitchen a lady who's cooking over a wood fire in a in an enclosed kitchen like that. She gets if she spends a day in there she's inhaling the equivalent of a couple of packs of cigarettes and if she has a baby on her back you know. So doing something for her local people to reduce the amount of smoke is a is a big priority for a lot of a lot of folks. This is some of the fields by the way if you know about Miranda they had a number of marine get trees planted in the field here but I also wanted to show you it's right at the base of the the ruins or a Mountains and I noticed this and this and this up here all the brown area these are those are fields basically vertical. And. That was just really interesting to me while we were there visiting We visited the local agricultural officer and he pointed us to a local primary school where they had set up a model garden and so we went to visit that these are the students out in the garden so this is really exciting to me they did have all the students out there working and. That was a lot of nicely protégé this is the headmistress and her for assistant who are overseeing the project. They had some fruit trees that they had planted and this is how they're protecting them and you can see there's some. Watermelon growing there and. I think those were peppers or tomato and not actual made O's like early to and some callers behind I think they really believe in networking with the local community and seeing what's done and we this was actually an exploratory trip to see what was going on in in that local community where we where and the resources we could use so they had some eggplant alternated with beans and then they had set up this little demonstration drip system with scallions in there that's what you know little green onions spring onions we call them OK. And and it's there they're using this water tank to irrigate this is the line coming down to the field so it's just a very simple drip irrigation system and how did they fill that tank. Yeah it was interesting they had a I didn't get to see the trouble pump but I've seen other ones like it it's a it's a pump that you it's almost like a little treadmill with platforms for your feet and you can just you just stand on it and put your feet up and down like this and pumps water up into the tank it was found that sister in the end that's rock right there they was lined with canned plastic you know they had a little basin right here and they pumped from that open source into this they had a little canal that came from a river not too far away and they would open that up and fill that basin and then pump the water up into the tank. From there we went to Tanzania to the rich orphanage and you can just barely see a little sliver of lake right there the it's right on the lake these are the the boys dorms and the girls dorms this was a much larger orphanage than than Crystal as. The boundary comes about like this you can kind of see it here and whoa Sorry no it comes over to here yeah. This is the road going down the center the main gate is here and there's the main road just off the slide. They this is a school for the orphans and for the community and. This is a guesthouse that's where we stayed this is the dining hall here and it wasn't like serious that's actually just opening out towards the lake that they had an infestation of fat that was incredible in the ceiling so they were dropping everything into the kitchen we were using it was really hard but. Just had to keep sweeping it up and I wore a bandana from AC I mean to keep this now reading it so this is just a view on the lake they had fishermen that were out in the lake every day there. These are the boys the some of the dormitories from the ground and noticed these humongous as a mango trees they got a lot of very large mango trees there they came with the property that monkeys like to harvest them. The problem is they they get a huge amount of mangoes and. When and when they get their mangoes the market is flooded with mangoes so. They can't really do anything with the it's unfortunate says there is a company that derives main goes which was which is wonderful. I think you know some ideas to do on that this is inside their kitchen. These They make a wood fire under these but they've got a chimney here taking the the smoke out so that's like 1 big pot that's 1 big pot that goes inside mound to sort of orphans the children. This is serving out the food right at lunch time this is the cafe inside the dining area these are the plates that have already been served the kids come in and pick them up and then take their seat. They put in a huge swing set we had to try it out. So tall it's a lot of fun as a Canadian family who came down and did all the building for this over a period of several years and and he he built this. This is what they they don't do a lot of they have large fields of casaba right now they don't have irrigation they have a couple from the lake they have a couple of wells and some tanks elevated tanks and so they have a small area that they're irrigating. Where they have bananas and and then their started planting some vegetables mainly Chinese cabbage but this is how they they make their. Starter this is a starter nursery I think it's just been seeded and they in they set up this framework with sticks and cover with. It don't we Hey soil blocks or. Anything but those soil and they water them all together that seedlings are very close to each other just like this is what the bed looks like when. They're ready to start transplanting out of that. And this is protecting the transplant that's pieces of banana. Stock this is Chinese cabbage transplanted among the bananas. And then from our idea from there we went and visited. Our DIA in you know Russia. How do you notice as she married the daughter who's working in Dar es Salaam and she's going back and forth between Darla Russia or is is to the north. She and her husband by working hard to save little by little and they bought a piece of land. They have a plan and little by little they made a home. And this is a beautiful hotel that she is running and her son is running it so this is children and he comes up and spends more time there than she does and he's not that old I will be using. I mean it's really 20 maybe 20 so we're really proud of them for their village and their industry as their commitment to God they they give a lot to the church and and they they are encouraging other folks in their church to give a lot and they're sponsoring. There that they do most of their giving through their local church in their local church is sponsoring a number of young people through the seminary there are sponsoring the starting of of local congregations Samuel and now idea. Attend a satellite of their church a daughter of their church that they are trying to help raise and. They also are sponsoring church plantin in dark areas and. The daughter is just outside of Dar es Salaam but the daughter church but they are going farther afield. In conferences where the conference doesn't have a lot of funding they're helping to sponsor. They're helping to sponsor church planting they're also helping. In Egypt they're not Yanks arranging that the local members that can afford you share with orphanages and so that is so inspiring and then we as I said we visited this this is the eco organization that I was telling you about we've visited their office in Aruba. They have a seed bank there where they have. Green manure cover crop seeds and they have tree seedlings fruit tree and also. Fast growing trees that can be used for. L.A. crop interact grow forestry and and provide fodder for in these trees can provide fodder for the animals and firewood and are they giving seed to a honey yeah yeah they like that if we wanted to but they they do a lot of appropriate technology stuff this is a high solar dehydrator this is the air collector where the air is heated and then it comes in here and rises through the Trade see they have screen trays here and then it exits out the top here and so we immediately thought of all those mangoes back at the orphanage. Another thing they had with Sac gardens you can hardly see the fact that this is just a a large mile long sack that's been filled with earth. But there's a special way of doing it so that you you have a drainage column in the center where you know that that's full of gravel so you can you actually put a pipe in a 3 inch pipe and put your gravel in the pipe and then pack earth around it and once you've done about a foot of earth you raise the pipe up and and pack another foot in and put the gravel down and keep raising the pipe up until you have a full and then you have a column of gravel but anyways this is this is really useful for. For urban areas or places where you don't have a lot of land and when we got to the. The refugee camp we immediately thought of this and we're in a refugee camp to see the watering is through the center through the gravel and so you save a lot of lost. Of water that way this is to her and her son and daughter so these are just 2 of. Her her children the little ones as she's saying. This you know children so we during As we said her husband is the president of the the church in South Sudan and. She has come down to Uganda to be with the the children because it's just in secure in Sudan in South Sudan. But she is she is responsible for women's ministries and and children's ministries for the conference and she she spends a big amount of her time in the South Sudanese refugee camp and we told her we would really love to go with her up there and so we were able to make 3 trips with her up to 2 different refugee camps and those were those were the highlight of our of our time she'd done the pre were there at classing up seats and they started seedlings So we just let's do Tower gardens out our. Previously I had mentioned to you the we have a stray and roots and are astray and family have a family reunion every every few years and we had had a family reunion just before we left to go on this trip and so we mentioned to everyone about our plan and and they gave us just over a $1000.00 to to do something in Africa and so we gave most of the money to Doreen when we arrived and she immediately she you know we didn't prompt or she said you know what I really want to do with this money is I want to buy seeds she said these you know these people in the camp they were given some basic commodities some sorghum. And and some oil and not much else and she said they really need vegetables and so she is that she you know we gave her the money. And we left we went to the orphanages and when we after our tour of the orphanages we came back to her and. She said look let's go up and visit the camp where I write took the the the seeds and she started income generation with that women in handy later so we went up to this camp that's called Biddy Biddy camp and as I said as it's supposed to be the largest refugee camp in the world each of its refugee I guess. It's a 30 by 30 meter plot of land so it's better. Than A lot of refugee camps I thank you again and is very generous in letting the refugees have some land but 30 by 30 meters is not a lot of land still if you if you're needing to survive off of it so. She Doreen had had or this is a and as business church in the camp and she had organized 3. There they were supposed to be a women's group but they included everyone. Anyone that wanted to be part of it and and they were for church members and they were for friends and neighbors and anyone else that wanted to be part of it this is the church. And so what she had done is she had she had gone up there and she had started some nurseries like the ones I showed you from Tanzania. With the seeds that she had bought and when we went up those seeds were those those starts were ready to transplant. Could have been better timing Yeah it was perfect you know and this wasn't planned it was just you didn't know we were going to cut a large worked it out so that we've been I mean with perfect. Event and 1 camp when we arrived at that was when much closer to Kampala So we made some beds and here they are transplanting into the bed. I had no idea what the nutritional needs of the soil was but I do know that all over East Africa they have these little fish little dried sardines and so I said I asked if they had any in the in the camp there and there was a neighbor who had some we bought them from them and there there were relatively inexpensive quite inexpensive and so we just said let's throw several of those and in each hole when we transplant. This was. A drainage slope that they wanted to develop into a garden and so I said well let's make some contour dishes I mean contour beds that we've made beds on a contour that would help it from washing away and we cut grass with 2 to be a mulch on the on the new transplanted beds that we so they we put the transplants in and then put the grass around them and it was a little scary because when you we're not used to separating the plants from each other we have them individual flocks and so there we knew they were going to be suffering greatly of this we're all going to join and bare root transplant completely covering all of them and just letting the little bit of shade on them there. And then we we had brought with us the materials for making these tower gardens and so we made several of those with them. This is where they were making those big bags did you get any pictures of those that women with and maybe I did put in bags for sale and they were very very beautiful backs out a lot of beads so there's a kind of a cloth lining with a zipper on it and then they would make beads the framework around it they were very beautiful and that was something they they just love doing you know that something they could do and spare time and as refugees they have spare time and so they would just sit around in a circle and talk and do these bead bags and. They would say so you're waiting for really really happy about just ordering to show them something they could do so this is the. Other organization I wanted to tell you about we spent almost 3 weeks with these people all together and part of. We attended a 1 week training with some of them in Kenya and then we we spent a week with them out there in their field there where they get to say there is an act of training that encourage wasn't it that was it was a medical about a medical ambassadors OK. So and then we spent time with them in there where they're working and saw them work and then and then on our last trip to the refugee camp they came with us so farms 2 is an acronym stands for farming out it to the rest meals sanitation temperance enterprise and water that's their that's their mission is to teach those things. They're there are an Adventist group and they are associated with the church they have the blessing of the local conference and they're working closely with the local church and. Just show you what they're doing and I was just so impressed we went there 1 of the main things they do is they go into a village and they do a demonstration and you know when they told me what they were doing I was like can you really do that. They're teaching people how to make going milk and how to make tofu. And a number of other things and how to grow the site beans and. So we went with them to a village where they were going to do a demonstration and they the person that arranged for this demonstration was a local lady anon had been a slaty who had attended a demonstration before some time ago and she was so excited and happy about it that she just started arranging for farms to do demonstrations at lots of other places she's apparently arranged a lot of the demonstrations but. We we came to the demonstration with soybeans that had been soaked overnight and with the wooden mortars for for pounding them you know you have to keep in mind we're we're not using blunders here. And I think you know and we had a few vegetables with us. This is only the bill that we know are available in the in the village and they have the local people to help with whatever they can bring So as soon as as soon as we got there they started downloading and connecting with the locals and asking people can you bring knives can you bring pots can you bring water. And so everyone's involved and then they get out the mortars and the folks or beans and they they say we have a volunteer that can do the soybeans and so they get a couple people doing that the guy for helping everyone is part of the military had men there it's right that attracts people as they come by this is the main street in this village and we're in front of a there's a shop behind us over here and somebody has a little vegetable stand here. So we just set up under a tree and and start demonstrating and this was when the crowd was was still building it got bigger than the people you know there's not much going on people are curious they just come and what's happening here and so here is the the folks already being here they are getting ready to to cut up the vegetables to better schools are kind is there someone pounding the soybeans here see they make a scramble to see you and they like to pick them expects to Bill's with it or they will use it as a sauce to eat with a green jackfruit jackfruit here they actually make something out of green jack fruit because those are readily available and the and jack fruit has has kind of a. If you can imagine it has kind of a meat like consistency and so they're there teaching them how to use a green jack fruit you know a season in a savory and people love it they call it the sauce they eat everything with the sauce like. With the rice or with. What we call grits better Golly is an African term for that and they have a you know a lengthy spiel talking about the value of soybeans how to grow soybeans encouraging people to grow them that 1 of the things they do is they they were distributing soybean seeds and. Getting people to grow it we visited a farmer who was growing soybeans there also distributing vegetable seedlings getting people to grow those. They and and then they explained and actually demonstrated how to do the soy milk. They were the vegetables they encourage people to eat a rainbow. They're encouraging a rainbow and so then they make they actually make a rainbow so when the people are chopping up vegetables this is what they're producing in pepper as the demonstration made in this cabbage carrots onions and garlic. And. And it goes far when you cut it small that all the ladies are cutting while we're talking and everybody gets some in it that way I was wondering why they're making it so small I thought that's a lot of work but you know they did the demonstrations I understood when I heard their explanation that's the you know if you cut it in large pieces that means that the the the vegetable isn't going to be distributed evenly among the family when they're eating. You know there's some some people are going to get more big pieces and you know probably the little kids are going to be left out but this way the vegetables get to be distributed evenly for the whole the whole family do they do savings groups when we bought you know just even I thought that was really significant there are encouraging savings groups. Where people save money and then they can take loans from the group and they really help each other out. So I this this group is a group to keep your eyes and ears open for they they really deserve help they they're just started they've only been going for a few years and I think they have huge potential Their goal is to the right throughout East Africa 1st you know. So that's that's what we wanted to share we're going to have some others share what they are doing here. As missionary work. Timoney and he and the canvassing trying. To come forward. Lonnie everyone you know it's 7 shows story system it is. Just a mission what we do with the cancer and different places and try to just add in a little bit more than. Just selling of books I wish we could try and. Encourage more the agricultural side of things into a bit more to what we did it's a little bit harder to travel around that much but I. Just something to do is the help work. Familiar with with the can't run. Off of that paper that we made on the doors that are really in need. Of work that doing. So is at the start of the year actually. My place just 10 minutes from home where the team of a stand there. For a few weeks and let this knock on the door and. She came to the door of the books and she was interested in a few of them. An accent I can't remember. Maybe it. That she just moved down from Sydney to belly and just at the start of the year just a few months before I. Talked to and she said she had no friends and she's just settling in she just bought the house and it definitely needed some work to. A few different things that. Kind of. Which is a blessing and you know there's a group of us here are here for a few more days you want to come back on the weekend. Something like that. Into that very. Mat and I. Went over to. John and I actually worked on the ceiling. Some rafters which he wanted. You know just to something simple. And. Then we've been. And then when I came back a few months ago I thought are going to get in contact with enjoy again and see how she's going. And I was home for a few weeks and then I just was going to do this and the last week were there finally Mrs said I asked how she was doing and she. Said she said yes she'd love me to come around and help her out again so I went and again by myself and did some more of the ceiling and then she. As I said before she she really has had no friends Syria and she had a daughter that lives further in town that she didn't see too often but. Yes she she'd just been through a really nasty separation with her husband and was in a lot of pain. And just kept didn't really have been known to talk to about it with and so. We're just around the fire inside she smokes a lot wasn't working on the ceiling with the windows closed with her so he was so full of the greatest. God really just gave us some time when she just really opened up and. You know even tears that just what the heartache she's experienced she's been through and. I think it's really good for and I was to have a problem with her and just encourage again to read the books that she 1st bought off me if she still and read them yet and I wish to tell the time and time again those books together be a plus to mean especially the 1 piece about the storm and. Then since then we'll be back again. Last invited church. As 1 of our last weeks there again a few months later and a message Sharon said You are welcome to come come to church and then come for lunch at our place and she said that was a great idea. I think it would be a great idea and she ended up coming along to church just a few months ago now and then came for lunch in the afternoon and they're really going to go on better person got to that really good 1st experience at church. And then yeah getting to know the rest of my family trying to get in friends with my mom his obviously at home or in her kind of age so. You know when we go back to this week a really present we can touch base again and continue that relationship with her and really encourage her again hopefully she's read those books and been out to get through some things if you guys could profit Angela and All the other people that we may is that's just 1 that's that has a few good results which is a blessing that is many other people that we touch that we don't know. Yet what the final results going to be a what's what God even is doing right now even as we speak in the lives of those people through the books and to the locals that interact with them as well so it's definitely huge bussing and the set up lots you have to do some talk of more agriculture talk thing with the work that we do and I'll just going to say really quickly that last week wrote a letter to vendors and conference and I'm like This is just great confirmation again that we should this is all I should be doing is just canvassing and then I come here to cultivate and brother John says saying he's going to do it all he can to keep you out of God I'm like oh I want to struggle this is this battle going on between so I want to get more in the God and then so I want to keep doing canvassing So there's a balance somewhere that God could help us fund Yeah but I really appreciate it and as I said God has a place for each 1 of us no matter where we are no matter what we're doing. God's given us different abilities and talents to use fees corps into to be of us and all this really push it. And feel it's showing thank you to a. Friend of Angela's And it's amazing to me to know if there were ever it doesn't matter where in your memoir you've got a mission field around here. Alex this is what I want to start and no it's not it's like if you asked us to you know. Then melt you know. Thank you so much you're really appreciated that. It's just exciting what's happening in Africa those technologies the soul of the hard drive and thinking about smashing soybeans without a blend I mean you know it makes us feel so soft and coddled and Weston and many of us on even using our blandest to make soya milk you know wasting money on commercial soya milk not even when we make it turns out to be a bit $0.10 a liter doesn't it and that's organic soybeans and we don't have to grow our own so we will say the slick is and. It's just beautiful to see how simple God's ways can be done. Wanted to introduce us as a family My name's been melting a meal D T That's from my Austrian mother and I married a most beautiful German lady and this is her Yanna and we have 2 small girls a 4 year old Hosanna and a 2 year old Jubilee. And we really have the privilege of being medical missionaries with sort of suburban missionaries of types studied in U.T. Pines in America she wanted to do other things with her career that God led her to study there because it's 1 of the best medical missionary institutions in the world and produces a medical mission is that build health centers all around the world and we're really striving towards that and we've been talking about this week with people we we need that industry of these mission colleges that produce competent and confident medical missionaries that can go anywhere and serve God in any capacity but this morning we wanted to share really shortly thank you sweetheart about a project in our church as as a married couple as medical missionaries we've been basically pushing back on the solid and hidden Holocaust which is happening in Western society and as I said we're suburban missionaries to western folk and we're really dealing with those Western lost all diseases like diabetes and cancer and heart disease that are rampant and it may not be so apparent but if you're in the hospital system you can see that really were dropping like flies almost as badly as these poor people in Africa and in the refugee camps and it's sort of a solid holocaust happening there which which you also need medical missionaries to address and we train medical missionaries in that capacity as well and a part of the 70s of health ministry that we've been engaging in from a local church and it's so empowering to be a part of a local church family who support and want to engage with the community on a personal ministries level and really draw them in and show them God's healing power and as a whole team of really have that support and hope you can find a church that is also that supportive. But during the 7 years of ministry after about 4 years we were teaching a lot on what Yana spoke about earlier and hope workshop. Pharmacy and I just grain pharmacy had to use cultivated and walled Herb's as medicine and as cuisine and we doing a lot of guiding us also realized the folk in our church really didn't have a lot of gardening skills and we were those pampered suburbanites who tend to sort of go to the shop and eat a lot a lot of packaged food and reap the results of that and even children in the church so I disconnected that you know and in society is you talked to the community folk out there that I didn't know where their food comes from and I know you come across this and it's a real tragedy of sorts so a really passion about organic gardening what we did is we decided that we'd love to open a community garden in our church as integrative to our health ministry programs and the opportunity arose when address offered a community grant and offered some money for community gardens so just clicking for. You know they were going. So I just wanted to give you a quick rundown you may be thinking about a community God in yourself and the benefit it could be to use and your local church in ministering to the community so just to share from experience 1 of the reasons you might start a community garden possibly as a result of a church ministries for example in health programs you can have the fresh greens right there to demonstrate or you can type people into the Gatton and say we've been talking about the health been his fits of Whole Foods This is how they growing right here. In children's ministries our adventure group this coming year wants to grab the children into the garden and make that a part of the curriculum for that gathering badge so they can have that hands on experience and the social groups as well as lots of fun around the garden that you can have the 2nd a main reason might be to train church members in fruit growing skills and this is really greatly needed especially in the cities we buy Steam Bridgeman which is the capital city of Queensland is around about a couple 1000000 people there and we have think maybe 20 to 30 administrators there and both the church members and the community members are really low on those food growing skills country living skills and it is there's a great desire in it and why can ng in the community as a pagan interest in coming back to natural home grown food and nutrient dense food. So those food growing skills and encouraging connection to nature of course as well and that was really 1 of the inspirations for starting the guy in his Those quotes we've been talking about. At this conference like the 1 from Adventist home page 142 in the cultivation of the soil the thoughtful work of will find the treasures little dreamed of opening up before him and we've had so much witness to that this way no 1 can succeed in agricultural guiding with that attention to the laws involved and the fact is we've really lost the knowledge of these laws we don't even understand the way nature works many of us in the church didn't know how to raise a seedling how to plan a seedling or even how just to draw simple far and sell a seed and so we're starting from the basics the foundation but how exciting it is and so having that community again just provides an area where everyone can come together and learn in cultivating carefulness patience attention to detail and a beating is to low any part to most essential training and let's face is face it the majority of advocates families don't have this training and our children really needed it so lacking the constant contact with the mystery of life it's a never ending beauty that Mr Wagner and the loveliness of nature as well as attending this called forth in ministering to these beautiful objects of God's creation tend to quicken the mind and elevate the character and the of the court that which really inspired was special testimonies page 16 saying that in itself the beauty of nature leads the soul away from scene and Rollie attractions and towards purity and peace in God For this reason the cultivation of the soil directly involved in character building and Whitman was talking about this die off to die directly involved in character building is that practical connection to the God and. And the cultivation of soul is good work for Children and Youth it brings them into direct contact with nature and nature's God And so as a church we recognized that this direct contact with nature and nature's God was missing and we really sought to fill that with a community God. So the skills the connection to nature and I have in brackets say also that we have a major problem in our churches with media and entertainment pornography and digital entertainment and just generally even if you don't have impurity issues maybe You Tube addiction with good channels and that sort of thing on a i've really struggle with that in the past and worldliness issues that that site is bringing in to just absolutely draw the spiritual reality out of us and destroy our characters so we don't have a chance and the god I'm really reverse is these curses that's it's a way to just push back on those influences because it really is healing and it's a top of detox a digital detox and so that has a powerful effect and the 3rd point for a reason for having a community garden at your church might be to outreach and of course we all really want to be relevant in the community and have an impact to give them those food growing skills that companionship to show what quality food really ease and to supply food sort of just to anyone that might even be lacking in the community. So I just want to mention 2 practical reasons. Approaches sorry to community garden you may want to focus on having a teaching garden that's where we've landed because we don't have enough involvement of volunteers to make it very productive so teaching Godling skills food growing agriculture skills and Country Living Skills or you might want to focus on being productive. And producing food to distribute an example of this is on the south side of Bruce been in the poorest area called Logan brought their Woodridge we have an advert community center and they're now pushing to vote programs to produce their own food they use food banks but that long to produce their own vegetables for the hundreds and even thousands of people that they feed there in the poor areas where there's a lot of refugees and down and out people and they using actually grants from the government to have work for the doll people come and then 10 those gardens because it wouldn't be economical to actually pay people to garden so they're using people who in the community who need something to do anyway and then supervising them which will not be a part of that project which is really exciting so our beginnings was that we wanted to complement the health ministry programs and focus on whole foods and fresh garden brains with the ministry programs that were presenting and we had church members in need of practical food growing skills and a church wanted to be more engaged in connected to the community and so it started off with this community gabs Grant I believe that's still available. To your local address direct an awesome when it's a grants process coming out when can all submit a form this $1500.00 in it and as it turns out that was exactly the amount that we needed to establish a god and properly. Of course a project could be so funded by your church taking donations and if you keep costs the minimum and poor your skills and resources it really doesn't take that much to build a garden even if you have minimal or no money and I know that you know in Africa as I can attest to that they have to. So we formed a committee we set up project purpose and goals which were basically what was already outlined and then we started out we have quite a large church with the about $200.00 members and we had this area next to the church next to the car park which is about 10 by 10 made is so $100.00 square metres and it was a couple small trees that were that we had to remove and just by a lock we had a massive in ground water tank that took all of the rainwater off of the roof right there next to it which is a big benefit so we pumped out of there so basically we had grass to deal with that's not fun that's some of the most invasive stuff you can come across it's really annoying So what we did is I don't have a picture of it here but we covered it with a with a piece of black plastic some builder's plastic for 3 months and it completely killed it off so basically topping the whole thing and then after that we can mean after the grass was killed off and we used a grant money to Boston quality compost and top dressed not on the top Wardle in with some crushed dust to make sure we've got a variety of minerals and because we're in an environment where we have really high evaporation rights especially in some we put some heavily mulch over in this case it was train mulch that's what we had access to as a frail granite material. And that was that was asked and as you can see the church members getting involved it's a real blessing everyone really enjoyed themselves there's a pastor in the middle way so supportive it's just a wonderful thing and then we launched with. Basically a soil enrichment workshop which the community attended and really enjoyed we were showing all of our projects say a like this night beans they get to half a made a plus long and a whole bunch of other vegetables and gathered around it just showed how to build a basic compost Paul and I had the visuals are really exploding out of that soil and I love what we said this week there's no righteous no not 1 in and reference to the soil you know everyone ends up with a soil that is hard to deal with this was a heavy clay and it was basically rubble and clay that was pushed off the building thought really horrible to deal with but I mean that organic matter of watching the worms bio teal and do the thing the Greens and the veges exploded up out of it this is a roll of snake beans which provided massive big bunches of snake beans for 3 months plus it was amazing and there's a compost pile and some volunteers the church really got behind it and enjoyed it we had to erect a shade cloth which cost us probably another $300.00 and the reason for that is we just get such a harsh sama that the Greens just really burn they burn to a crisp and in the winter it's fine but. You know that the basically $4.00 to $6.00 months of summer you almost can't grow a thing without a shade cloth so we may need a 50 percent cycle up there and the church member had a whole bunch of bamboo canes so we just put them up as arches to hold everything up and have some sort of trellis scene and that's what it looked like it just really filled with grains the pasta said in the news let us saw and it will grow. So what were the results what was the fruit of this foundation we laid it out church well the church members were inspired to God and I know a few of them started gardens and that was just that impetus where they wanted to for yes' and they never really had that drive or that motivation and we also had health programs complemented because we could do practical demonstrations with what we were growing into the garden and show them how that we're growing the things that we're demonstrating and teaching about like the cultivated malt hoods community interest was piqued with Bob work the surveys which a lot to be involved in a garden and the literal fruit of course was the Paul Paul we had 1 poor poor in the bottom corner of the God where we did a lot of composting and ended up with a STEM about that Rand Paul and a poor farmer from church he used to hold before Pope was and he'd never seen a set of fruit which extended over half of Maida it looked like you know the Indian goddess that with all of the fruit and I think we had about 21st there and then it built another 3 stems with another 21st and this season I mean it looks like there's 100 fruit on the thing it's just absolutely unbelievable. We have bananas passion fruit beans lettuce tomatoes if you count as a plant the eggplant produce 2 seasons in a row with strong crops believe it we were too lazy to rip it out and it just came back for a 2nd season okra silent spinach Basil colony Herb's healing homes like Ella Vieira and walls food and medicine hoods and if of course the spiritual fruit that we're talking about that the church members were engaging in the God again and having that contact with nature and God which was transforming spiritually so just a to finish a couple of examples of inspiration we still need to really get out God to engage with the community but 1 church which is had success with this was coming to a church in Western Australia who was actually 1 of those typical dead little churches that had nothing to offer the community if it went away the community would not have blinked and they and the past to challenge them to say look what are we going to do it to engage because we are irrelevant and so they decided he said you need to come up with an idea and so they huddled together and said oh maybe a community so they started a community garden combined with a soup kitchen and I believe it was 1 of 2 years later in 2016 they had 17 baptisms from that and community engagement project alone amazing stuff I don't know if you noticed earlier in the year we had a mission report I think this might be it just 2 months ago from Moldova from the lesson from that Russian conference area and the subsequent report there was about the agricultural programme connected to missions did anyone say that they had like a big camp set up and they had a big mission training school and they had a commercial agriculture set up connected to that which was integrated in everything they were doing as a conference in a church oh so inspiring it's really what Whitman was suggesting that we need to do all around the world to go and search for that online if you can't if you can find that it will be a real inspiration inspiration. So I just want to encourage you do what you can and yes we can involve gardens directly in the ministry we have at local churches it's a massive blessing thank you for listening. Thanks so much man I was excited. I've got 1 more and we've got 5 more minutes do you think we can go over just a little. Anything OK David can you come on I was just talking with David yesterday and found out that he. Is teaching at a local lad going to school and they started a garden to tell us about that event I'm sure many of you have been on a similar journey where God places on your hot a course for mission service and as we've convened here it's annoying till today and need to grow healthy food. And in our Jenny we search near and looking at fire and distant lands in the needs that they had and we were looking for a place where there was broken this there was an appetite that was unfulfilled in a search and a knowledge for God and as we looked we considered many options and for 1 reason or another funny answers and other health challenges limited us from show going too far abroad and so we asked the question where do we cultivate and in our search God let us at the front door to a place 30 minutes away just so happens to be and had been a school which had a need for a teacher that had left and so we started with a part time position for the 3 days a week and I over the course of time that has grown more recently to something that's full time. Came see for those of you are not aware is a low socio economic area as a lot of brokenness spiritual physical family and so the student population would probably be 20 percent indigenous and about 90 to 93 percent not Adventist So the school is very clear that is in a mission focused in the community and this year we had cause for a teacher to take. Leave for health reasons and so I was given the responsibility of looking after his horticulture classes and what we inherited was. Students who come from a place where exertion looks like this and so how do you reconnect them with the world chickens and the cuteness of their life was a was a starting point and they own the. Agriculture teacher put in 1 house with some plants raised garden beds and at the back you can see the small orchard and I hear of this class with students who were not used to exerting themselves and the idea of manual labor was far and fast food was for McDonald's but over the course of time I came across a challenge and what you think the most significant challenge I had with these students were talking about 151617 year old students teenagers who come from very broken homes blended homes is a blessing. It's not uncommon for you to be living with a 2nd generation or a relative or somebody nearby because your family is so broken that 1 or more parents. Will to exhibit or enjoy the freedom we have. That is a pepper. And the greatest challenge I had with the students was keeping them out of the garden and I would arrive and so I sour doing prac today and I say why oh we've got to get into our garden if you have a look at the garden there's no wait we're going to check on the weeds what they were doing is I went out the back and they were grazing and it didn't matter if it was peppers or. Zucchinis cherry tomatoes sniper case cumbers and I would go you can see it too well Leigh but all the students have done is they've just been a wife for a week doing some work experience and so they got a debate on tended that is actually as a kidney. That has celebrity status. And in a space where the normal technology is used for a whole lot of undesirable things that's a guinea was paraded around the school as a trophy and it provided the impetus for us to go beyond the rise garden beds to explore the soil which many of you are familiar with and we needed to put some bamboo in sort of so I'll let you go to with a pick to break out not a pitchfork a pick and. As as was said last night we create moat around it to contain the water to give the water chance of penetrating it and because the students have developed an appreciation for nutritious food for food that was a readily available that would then I would to expand the effort to improve the soil so the area just behind the ear is the area that we're working with and it's it's probably 50 or 60 metres long and we put in. Probably about $300.00 metres of got in bits that's about a 10001000 feet and you will. A Nd this is just in the last in the last month we've got to the stage we were rated to supplants that the corn the what a melon in the pumpkins in the hope and prayer that they will be harvestable and ready at the end of the some a break of course the Australian education system has not yet aligned itself with the agricultural seasons but it's obviously in the that we have a need in prayer is so like minded Ed minutes to respond to the calling to reach a community wrote it's so different on. Our Father in heaven I just thank and praise you for the ways that you are working around the world for the people that you are working through. And for the people who are being reached Father I thank you that you gave a thought and you gave us seeds and that we can we can be a blessing and that we can we can help with those resources the world around us. I pray that you would strengthen and bless each of us as we go to our our separate homes and the stations where you have placed us the that we might be a blessing there. We thank you and Jesus' name on the this media was brought to you by audio post a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse the if you would like to listen to more sermon Please Visit W W W audio verse or the. The.


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