Tag Archives: prayer

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

God’s third language

As I turned to leave Ibondo village, I realized I’d forgotten to pray for the interns I was entrusting to Matayo for the weekend.  So I turned to the preacher and said (in Swahili), “I want to pray for these guys before I head back to Geita.” Continue reading


Filed under slightly humorous or amusing?

Jesus prays for disunity

Forgive my tone today.  I’ve been reading in preparation for Easter sermons, and I’m in a bit of a bad mood.  Just before being arrested and crucified, Jesus prays for all the future believers in the world, and much of his prayer is for unity.  But we’ve apparently opted to read his words in this way: Continue reading


Filed under modern-day retelling, musings on the Word