I arrived home to this – spectacular gardens on our property. While we were away, Tony and Nelson (two of our team members caring for our home) went crazy on growing produce! End result: Besides the gardens providing food for their own families and other team members, profits from the sale went to buying bibles; feeding the poor; and blessing those at the local hospital who have to provide food for their sick loved ones.
This is a dream come true. I had talked about the vision for our Mozambican team to start projects, specifically gardens, for the goal of them becoming less dependent upon us and western funds, and more independent. This is vital to the health of any indigenous work. Those that depend solely on western funds will suffer and most likely fail when those funds cease. We helped in as much as it takes to get things started by purchasing the seed, etc., but the ongoing work it takes is up to them.
Just today we began the process of purchasing a couple of large lots down by the river for a huge garden. Thanks to our supporters we were able to make this purchase and already the team is excited to make it happen. From the proceeds of the produce they will adequately supply the needs of many, including those of the ongoing village outreaches. We are now in almost 30 villages in just 6 months! Dozens of people are gathering in four districts to hear stories about God in the Bible. Many are turning to faith in Christ.
In addition to the newly purchased garden, Tony and I will be visiting a place to the north where we have been given the opportunity to grow rice – a lot of rice. I mean huge quantities which we can use for the ministry! Seems God has a green thumb and is making a way for us to expand the ministry, meet the needs of the poor, supply the team with food, and reach more people for Jesus! Go God!