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Foray into Conservation Agriculture

As we were describing the challenges facing the Tanzanian churches during our furlough, I sporadically mentioned the potential role of conservation agriculture. Many of you, in fact, proposed the same idea after hearing how the condition of a pastor and his family depends so much on how successful his and the church members’ farms are fairing. Regardless of the spiritual condition of the church, it is becoming more apparent that a church cannot become independent without sufficient giving. We have already seen is that as farms and fishing ventures fail, church giving suffers and the pastor is forced to take time that would otherwise be used for ministry and put it towards other means to put food on the table. If the pastor is forced to choose between his family and his ministry, the spiritual condition of the church inevitably suffers.

corn and jack beans

Excepting how unusual the current year’s weather is, the general trend seems to be that those who are dependent on their own farms are struggling more and more to produce a sufficient amount of food. Especially for the people near us around the Lake, the abundance of fish and staple crops that their parents and grandparents once enjoyed is no longer something that can be counted on. [Read more →]

December 30, 2015   2 Comments