Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Blankets and Mattresses for Dhading Besi

This week brother Pramod Dhakal plans on delivering blankets and mattresses to the struggling refugee camp at Dhading Besi Nepal.  This is the same camp we delivered 150 bags of rice to about a month ago.  If you would like to donate money to help pay for these items please go to our donate page and help us help them!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Construction update at the Rwenzori School of Preaching

Construction is going well.  The walls and trusses are up on the main building and the roof should go on this weekend.  We are also trying right now to purchase some additional acreage for the school so that we can produce much more food for our students and to make the school more self supporting.  Check out the pictures below of the progress being made.  Its hard to believe we started this whole project back in February buying the land, laying the foundations in May, and now getting close to finishing!

Trusses are up on the roof of the Auditorium!

New purchased Bibles to distribute.

The additional land we are hoping to purchase for the farm.

Putting the Trusses in place.



Thursday, July 30, 2015

CONSTRUCTION AT THE 

RWENZORI SCHOOL OF PREACHING

KASESE, UGANDA

Thanks to the hard work of many men and women from both the USA and Uganda as well as the financial support of many good brethren, the Ruwenzori School of Preaching is now more than just a dream, it is becoming a reality right now.  The stem walls and floors have been poured with concrete and we are now in the process of building compressed earth blocks for all the walls.  Gregg Knight is leading the contracting of this construction process and is doing a fantastic job.  He will be in Uganda for a total of six weeks on this current trip.  We are no doubt being ambitious with our plans to complete the school by the end of December and have our grand opening on January 16, 2016 but we believe that if we work hard great things can be accomplished.  Thanks to all who are supporting us in this great work.
Foundation of the school building

Gregg Knight laying the north wall bricks of the preaching school

Laying the foundation walls

The wall is coming along nicely

Picking corn on the school land we planted in the spring

Bricks pressed and drying for the walls






Thursday, May 14, 2015

Day 1 Nepal Earthquake Relief

DAY 1 - NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF

Sometimes there are not sufficient words to describe how you feel at your deepest core.  Devastation on a mass scale like it is here is hard to fit into a sentence and pictures even fall massively short of depicting the truest pain and suffering that is going on in Nepal right now.  We surveyed much of the damage here in Kathmandu today.  The older and ancient parts of the city were the worst hit.  It literally looks like a war zone in certain parts right now.  Its almost as if these buildings had been bombed.  

There were school buildings that literally fell flat.  Giant 5 story apartment buildings that toppled over onto the streets or the building next to them causing a chain reaction like dominoes.  The government here estimates that over one million Kathmandu citizens have fled from the city.  It was almost like a ghost town compared to my last trip here.  There were people sleeping under tarps on the sides of the roads, in the parks, and in any other flat open area.
Many of the iconic monuments and historical buildings have been destroyed.  We toured a historical section of town including an area where the Kings palace once was but after the earthquake is no more.  We saw Hindu and Buddhist temples that looked as if King Josiah himself had been here and had dropped a bucket load of grenades inside!
Hindu Temple destroyed by the earthquakes
We had hoped to be able to hire a helicopter today to take us north of Kathmandu to deliver rice and other supplies to many of our brethren and their neighbors in a village called Tipling.  However, that was not able to happen today but after much hard work (especially on the part of Pramod) we were able to secure one of the first flights out of Kathmandu in the morning.
Please continue to pray for our trips safety and success.  We are continuing to raise funds to help these brethren.  If you want to donate please click on the donate tab a the top of the page and help us help these people get the relief and help they so desperately need.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Nepal Trip

In several hours Torrey Clark, Randy Gaddy, and myself (Gage Coldwater) will embark on the first leg of our expedition to the Mountains of Nepal to deliver earthquake relief goods and funds.  It has been a difficult trip so far as Torrey and Randy have endured canceled flights and diverted flights just to get to Houston today to fly to Dubai and then on to Kathmandu.  I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of financial support that has been sent to us to help the brethren in Nepal begin rebuilding their lives.  To date, we have raised over $50,000 for this great work.  We plan on traveling deep into the Himalayan Mountains to take rice, oil, tents, salt, sugar, lentils, face masks, and other goods to help these poor stricken brethren and their neighbors.  This is a great opportunity to reach out with the Good News about Jesus Christ through kindness and generosity.  Im reminded of what a favorite preacher of mine once said ,"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."  


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Nepal Humanitarian Relief

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORT

Hundreds of thousands of people are without shelter, food, water, and medicine in Nepal's vast mountainous regions and capital city of Kathmandu.  In the wake of Saturdays earthquake that registered 7.8 magnitude, estimates are that over 5,000 people are dead, 50,000 people are injured, and one million children are in need of care and shelter.

Vast tent cities have sprung up in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, for those displaced or too afraid to return to their homes as strong aftershocks continue, some registering above 6.0 magnitude.  The Nepali government has put out an early estimate that 90% of homes within Kathmandu region will be leveled.  Most cell networks are down and roads and trails are severed by a multitude of landslides, confirmed information from remote areas is proving difficult at best to come by.
 Adding injury to insult is the fact that most of the region is getting drenched by torrential rains and rising rivers.  Without proper sanitation, food and water, disease is likely to spread like wildfire.  
“We saw some villages completely washed away by landslides, while some others looked like deserts due to landslides,” Captain Bibek Khadka, a pilot for a private helicopter company based in Kathmandu, told the Annapurna Post
 Many of our brethren have lost their homes, family members, and are without adequate necessities of life.  Brother Kirash Maharjan wrote to me saying "many houses were destroyed, they have lost everything,no food and shelter, my house is also damaged. We all are living together in open place,now it's raining the tent we made is also not safe during ,about 200 people we living in a mess,about 2000people in my place are living in camp."   Another brother, Pramod Dhakal wrote me saying "I am getting call from up in the hills where we have many congregations. This morning I was told that many church building have destroyed. Brethren have lost their houses and property. 5 members of one family who are members of Lord's church died. But this is up in the hill far away from Kathmandu. Still I am trying to get full-picture of calamity in remote area where our brethren are suffering.."

Son of church leader sitting before dead body of his father and brother, waiting to be evacuated from rubble.

At the Manna Project we are working around the clock right now to gather funds to send to our brethren to provide the most basic needs: food, water, shelter, and medicine.  We are also working to put together a team of workers to go and assist in the relief effort focusing on members of the body of Christ.

Please send donations to:
Manna Project
Memo: Nepal
PO Box 1178
Vidor, TX 77670

or donate online securely through our pay pal account by clicking the donate button below!








Friday, January 23, 2015

ECHO TROPICAL AG SCHOOL IS OVER!!!

What an exciting and educational week Gregg and I have been blessed with to be here in Fort Myers, Fl, learning how to improve what we teach overseas in helping improve the livelihoods of our brethren in developing countries and with the preaching schools and orphanages.  Its great to get to learn and develop our skills in agriculture and dealing with developing world cultures.
Our class at Echo this week (Naturally Im the only one in a ball cap!!!)
We learned about everything from how to develop and care for the soil to growing ground covers and even integrated livestock systems.









Monday, January 19, 2015

TROPICAL AGRICULTURE TRAINING IN FLORIDA

Today Gregg and I started a class put on by Echo International on Tropical Agricultural Development in Fort Myers, Florida.  We are constantly striving to increase our knowledge and abilities to teach in third world countries and we are thankful for the opportunity to learn from a group who has been working in this field for over thirty years with great success!

Today we were able to tour their GLOBAL FARM which has eight different global zones recreated on 50 acres of pure awesomeness!!!  I have never seen such a diversity of plants and animals in one small farm.  The research work and teaching they do here is truly remarkable.  The teachers and staff are truly in love with agricultural development in developing countries and have been so helpful already to us.  We are going to be helping put in a preaching school in Uganda and we are going to be making it self sufficient and there has been so much taught to us today that we can put into use there and many other places around the world!!
I have put some pictures below of our tour of the GLOBAL FARM from today!
Swiss Chard and Onions

Dwarf Papaya



Eggplant

Turkey neck Chickens!!!

Jack Fruit


Deep Litter Pig Pen



Its Gregg!!!