[Derek Bargatze, writer, has spent a significant amount of time in Kenya, has lived for months in central Kenya with his families, and has had longstanding communication with our cooperatives in Kenya, even when many of our trips started to focus more on Uganda, where our hub is located.]
Simon and Reuben arrived today! I'm not biased towards the Kenyans, though it can seem that way, I just love these men and their families so much. Like typical Kenyans, we couldn't find them when they arrived in Kampala because when they arrived they immediately left to get tea. Once we found them, we started talking like I had never left.
Reuben has really taken hold of our agricultural teachings we have offered as an organization. It has revolutionized his food production, but not only that, it has gotten in his soul. He doesn't just farm, he believes in the importance of growing food, and feels called to it to the best of his ability.
He testified today about how the sustainable methods our organization trained him and Simon on have made them quite the popular farmers. He's producing double the amount neighboring farmers are doing and without inorganic fertilizers. Today, the Kenyans are helping us to analyze the current garden on our land, and make what improvements are needed to ensure maximum production.
Today we also completed our goal of creating ten compost piles! The younger men did not believe that we could create ten in one day. I enjoyed proving them wrong as I split them up into teams. We finished before mid-afternoon. This will bring a major improvement to their garden, as without a heavy emphasis on composting their beds would quickly deplete. Compost piles provide a free source of fertilizer utilizing materials already accessible on the land.
We finished out our day with worship, led by Reuben, followed by a bible study led by Cameron. He focused on Deuteronomy 8 and John 6, and the Word being something we have need of for daily sustenance. Food production alone cannot sustain a community. The Word of God, the manna from heaven, is the food that produces peaceful and righteous relationships to even allow for a successful community garden operation. While we refuse to believe that God cares only for individuals' spiritual state, ignoring their physical need of hunger, we also refuse to believe that people are merely in need of full bellies, but also a connection to God. People need the Lord. Our community here needs the Lord. He is the bread of life.