Mid August 2018

Mid August 2018

Farming We have reached the point of trying to make every aspect of our farm sustainable in itself. This year we have reassessed each project and improved it. I have also turned over the managing position to Agustine. I am here, of course, to help when he needs advice but I am thrilled to say that this is going well. The last two weeks have been spent harvesting this years crop. We had to harvest a month later than usual…

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End July 2018

End July 2018

Farming The farm is doing well and we give thanks to God. We currently have two rooms of broiler chicks growing out at different stages and are preparing to add a third room of baby chicks soon. The school and Anna and I are grateful as chicken is hard to come by lately due to supplier and boarder issues. We have spent the last few weeks cleaning and preparing and replanting the raised beds. Next week the students return from…

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Mid July 2018

Mid July 2018

Trip to Dar es Salaam Anna and I had the opportunity to travel to Dar es Salaam this month. Word of the leadership/eldership classes I had conducted at Kisongo church of Christ reached a church in Dar, the Temeke COC, and I was asked to come and conduct classes for them. Anna and I left our home, with Agustine, in Kisongo Thursday morning around 5:15 am. After traveling by bus more than 12 hours we reached Dar es Salaam that…

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End June 2018

End June 2018

Evangelism We are excited to share with all of you what has been going on for the month of June. We apologize for only sending out one report this month but with everything going on here the date to send out a report slipped by us. This month the campaign “Safari for Souls” continued in the Kisongo area. The Hoover church of Christ from Alabama and the Son Valley church of Christ from Arizona both sent groups. Within these groups…

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End May 2018

End May 2018

Farming Thank you to Rossville Church of Christ for donating the money for the farm to purchase two chainsaws. We hate we did not video the farm guys’ reactions to seeing a chainsaw for the first time. One of the men, Jemsi, spent the entire day saying “thank you, thank you” because he was overwhelmed with gratefulness by this gift that makes everyone’s work easier. Because of this new gift we were able to cut more than $1500 in firewood…

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Mid May 2018

Mid May 2018

Farming On the farm the last few weeks we have been able to finally start some cleaning. We have had a few dry days and that has enabled us to start cleaning up all the weeds and plants that have died from to much water. Evangelism We have had the privilege of hosting Garry Hill and Mike Greene. Mike came and taught the book of Hebrews to the second year English students at ACSOP. Garry came and taught a preaching…

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End April 2018 Report

End April 2018 Report

Farming We have spent the last two weeks repairing the farm from the earlier flood damage and trying to prevent this from happening again. We finally received a break in the rains and were able to hand dig ditches through our crops and out of our fields. We also dug a culvert under the new road that was causing all of the problems. A steady flow of water drained through these ditches and out of the crops for almost five…

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Mid April 2018 Report

Mid April 2018 Report

Farming This month we have had several setbacks. The rains have continued to be heavier than normal for the month of April. We received a large amount of flooding rains a week ago and because of a new road built on our property the heavy rains flooded our fields with no where to escape to. Our beans, corn, and even the raised beds flooded. The pictures attached are after the waters had gone down a few feet. We spent the…

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March 2018 Report

March 2018 Report

Maynard Mission Report Farming The rainy season began at the beginning of March. Toward the middle of March Agustine and I went to John Deere to discuss planting beans. Here, the rains will stop for a week or two and everything will dry up before the rains begin again. In this dry time farmers plant beans. While we were talking with the farmers at John Deere they received a report that fall army worms had been found in their own…

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Feb 2018 Report

Feb 2018 Report

Farming We are happy to report we are back in our home of Tanzania. Thank you for all of your love, support, and encouragement on our furlough. We truly enjoyed getting to see all of you and get to know you all better. The long rains are approaching and so we have spent the last two weeks preparing the land for planting. Agustine, our farm manager, broke his arm in December. As a result, I had to finish the ripping…

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