Friday, February 8, 2013

End of Trip to Tanzania

I cannot be more pleased with the work we were able to accomplish while here at the Andrew Connally School of Preaching in Arusha, Tanzania.  We spent a week and a half in class and four full days in hands-on teaching in the garden and with the rabbits and Tilapia.  It is hard to believe that my time here is coming to a close.  But I feel confident in saying that I believe this will greatly help the students when they leave to go preach full time and it will help the full time preachers who also attended.

Before and After of Tilapia Pond
 The picture to the right is a before and after of the tilapia pond that we dug.  It was quite labor intensive but not so bad with twenty strong backs at work.  It only took one good rain (which came the moment we finished!!) to fill it half way full.  Now we are waiting for more rain to finish filling it for us.  Unfortunately we are entering into the dry season here and it may be a long wait.  It is good to know however that the ground is very full of clay and is holding the water level quite well.  We fertilized the water with cow manure to help the algae bloom (which then the fish eat) and the water is beginning to turn a nice green (that means the algae is growing).  The future plan is to dig several more ponds just like this one in order to grow lots of fish to eat here at the school.

Planting Moringa Trees
We also planted 25 Moringa Trees around the pond.  These trees will provide a valuable fodder feed for the rabbits and the future animals.  It also is a powerful tool in overcoming malnutriotion and is very easy to grow.  We also planted a field of five hundred seeds of the Moringa tree!!

Filling Drip Irrigation Bucket
Me helping build bucket stands for Drip Irrigation
While here we worked to install all the drip irrigation systems that the school had previously recieved from Healing Hands.  We set up around twenty of them.  Drip irrigation is very useful for here and we have already seen improvement in the crops we are irrigating with them.
Doe rabbit that gave birth Feb 8
 We went out yesterday morning to feed the rabbits and found that one was giving birth!  We quickly manufactured a nesting box out of a cardboard box and put the four babies she delivered in it.  This brought great delight to the students as we did not know she was pregnant when we purchased her last week. 
Rabbit cages at the school
The rabbit cages we are building are coming along quite nicely.  Currently we have six holes and this morning construction has been underway to create three more.  We have seven adult rabbits and four babies so we are working to get them done as soon as possible. 

One of our does munching on some fresh cabbage
 The rabbits seem quite content in their new home.  The students have been doing a fantastic job feeding the rabbits and watering them.  They already seem to have grown and look much healthier.  I really cannot be much happier with our progress.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Lord's Day

Worship at Kwa Mrombo Tanzania
It is so refreshing to be with God's people every week to worship and praise Him.  We are so blessed to be children of the King.  Today I was blessed to preach and teach at the Kwa Mrombo congregation here near Arusha, Tanzania.  There were around 30 present and it was a wonderful time together. Many were missing due to illness though so please pray for their improved health.  Sean and Anita Hochdorf and his parents drove me there and they had to take one family to the hospital when we arrived.  Sickness is so widespread here due to extremely unsanitary conditions for most people due to poverty. 

After services this morning we went and ate at the Mt. Meru Hotel Restaurant and it was delicious to say the least. I spent the day with Sean and his family and the hospitality was wonderful.  Tomorrow we continue our teaching on how to be self-sufficient preachers.  Please pray for our continued success.  So far it has went very well and I believe that this will have a dramatic impact on those that utilize the material and training provided.  This week much of the teaching will be very hands on.  I am continually being told by the students here how excited they are to go home and begin improving their lives through these methods.  I have received several requests to come to more schools and to some villages to teach this material.  Please be praying that the doors to these works will continue to be open.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Another Great Day

Yesterday we began digging our tilapia pond.  I didn't get to help unfortunately as I was at the Dr's office due to being stung 3 times on my right hand by a HUGE wasp.  Being allergic to wasp stings, I was rushed to town yesterday morning to get a shot of Epinephrine (adrenaline).  I am doing fine today and most of the swelling is gone now.  Today we worked hard to finish digging the pond and to seal it.  The students worked very hard and we finished it right after lunch. 

Students Digging Tilapia Pond
 About 10 minutes after we finished digging the pond and packing the clay, the skies opened and the rain came.  It rained for about 1 hour and the pond was nearly half full. The rain came down in what seemed like elephants and hippos.  Hopefully tomorrow it will rain again like it did today and our pond will be full.
Pond being filled by rain
Tonight I had the wonderful privilege of having dinner with Sean Hochdorf and his family.  I was treated with wonderful hospitality and great Christian fellowship.  Sean has done good works throughout the US and is continuing that here in Tanzania as he teaches here at the school.  I look forward to getting to know him much better in the future.