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
Yesterday morning we vaccinated nearly 800 chickens. And I learned something interesting:
No matter how athletic, agile, or elegant one may normally be, it is impossible to appear graceful while chasing a chicken. Continue reading
I might as well start with the most interesting photo, though I won’t actually tell you about the spitting cobra until later in the post (skip to there, I suppose, if you’re anxious)….
I spent a couple of days this last week in Mwakiwasha village. [You guys are familiar with Mwakiwasha village; we did a couple of photo tours there a while back: mwanza to mwakiwasha and a visit in mwakiwasha village.] The whole family went out Monday, mostly just to greet everyone, though we also worked out some dates for vaccinating chickens, harvesting rice, and having the interns stay a few days. It was Harper’s first village visit ever, and our friends were very happy to meet her.
Yesterday, though, my visit was for some farm work. Continue reading