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Admittedly, I’ve not done a great job of updating the blog.  Would you guys believe me if I said I’d lost my password and with it access to said blog?

Those of you who know me well are debating now:  “Well… Brett CAN be pretty disorganized.  BUUUT… he’s also the kind of guy who might get busy with other things and just fail to maintain a blog.”

And now my feelings are hurt because your arguments in both directions were formulated in negative ways.  Why did not even one of you argue, “You know… Brett is so extremely organized and conscientious he probably has a prioritized list of all the important tasks he needs to accomplish between now and retirement, and writing on his blog just didn’t make the cut…

Until today.”

I’ll cut to the chase: I’m not sure what will become of the blog.  I may end up posting on it occasionally (I’d like to do that), though it won’t likely be a top priority for me over the next few years.

I can tell you, though, that Christie and I are publishing our first email newsletter this week.  For those of you who have been with us since the beginning, you may remember our email work reports.  That’s NOT what this will be.  We didn’t feel our work reports necessarily got a good response (a lot of people probably were unable to read to the end).

Our newsletter will likely go out once every month or two and consist of:

  • Primarily one article or story we feel is important to our lives, work, or ministry.
  • A few short paragraphs about other aspects of our life and work here.
  • Some photos.
  • And prayer requests.

We hope the newsletter will be a good blend of interesting and informative.

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Filed under just thinking, updates from geita

theology of agriculture


Declining soil fertility, poor farm management, and population growth are contributing to low productivity and reduced soil resiliency on the majority of smallholder farms in Tanzania’s Lake Zone.  Current yields are estimated to have dropped by as much as 95% over the last five decades.  Many farmers are struggling to feed their families and are looking for answers.

In many of these same rural areas, there are no churches present.  The people who live in these villages are intensely spiritual, but do not know Jesus Christ or that his kingdom is near.  They exist between fear and fatalism, seeking to appease ancestral spirits given charge of the world by a very distant creator God.  They do not understand that this creator God deeply loves them and wants to be in relationship with them — and that a life in his son is a life of great purpose, without fear.

Nearly every one of these villagers is a subsistence farmer. Continue reading


Filed under agriculture, development, missiology

smart investing

canavalia and mucuna

As a missionary and agriculture development worker in rural Tanzania, I have countless opportunities to teach both Bible and agriculture.  Everyone wants the knowledge I (am perceived to?) possess,* and I am regularly invited to teach new groups of people.  But my time is limited and finite.**  Perhaps the least mentioned task of cross-cultural workers is one of the most important skills for them to develop in order to be effective in their work.

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Filed under agriculture, development, discipleship, missiology