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