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Faith and Unity

In a church service of this Monday morning, the main topic was ‘’UNITY”. The preacher talked about both the positive and negative sides of it.  The positive being: strength, continuity, development, success, expansion of services and it makes it easier for leaders.  As he went on to explain the importance of unity, he referred to the bible

John 10:16-18 and Romans: 15:5-6

 

On reading those chapters, I started relating the readings to our ministry.  My conclusion was, both UNITY and FAITH are what drive this ministry. I believe, without faith and unity, this ministry wouldn’t have done all the wonderful things both in this community and abroad. For example, the maize farm in Rwentanga parish, Vanilla collecting in Ibanda district, caring for children with disabilities and who are vulnerable, and many others. Believing in God and working together are what things in motion.

 CHURCH CONFIRMATION AT RWENTANGA PARISH, ANKOLE DIOCESE

On the blessed and wonderful day of Monday 29th October 2012, at Rwetanga parish, there was a confirmation ceremony.  The guest of honor was the bishop of Ankole diocese who did the ceremony before the church service. As a chief guest, he was informed of the progress in the community and the church, and of other organizations and ministries that were recently introduced in their community. That’s where Harvest Hands International comes in.

After the service, the bishop and the church leaders came down to our farm to see what Harvest Hands is really doing. Guided by Jonas, one of our team leaders who answered all their questions, they inspected the maize farm and they were impressed with what they saw.

Early morning in Rwentanga

      It was early morning when we shot this...the fog was sitting low in the valley and workers had not yet started to dig. ...they'd been digging an average of 900 holes a day! 

On Wednesday we finished planting and the next day we held a ceremony to award the workers digging more than 2,000 holes in a single day.












Tim has come home from work a few days smelling remarkably different than he usually does — it might have had something to do with the cow manure on his shoes. Tim has been learning about cows and goats and what it takes to raise them. He is visiting cow auctions and other farms, checking out the advantages of different breeds. This is a big change for Tim-the-office-guy — but he is excited and spouting off all kinds of new facts and figures (and he invested in a pair of rubber boots!). Who would have guessed that Tim would turn into a farmer! He has also been to see various pieces of land and we hope to decide on one soon. We will likely start with raising goats, as they are cheaper and involve less care. Once we have a qualified and trusted farm manager, we will likely expand into cattle and other food crops. The possibilities are endless and we are excited to get started.

Once again, we are looking for your help to start the farm, which will be the backbone of our project. The income from the farm will support the discipleship training and the babies care, as well as providing employment and training for local people. The farm will become our entry point into the community — a place to start with sharing new farming techniques, building relationships with families and schools and starting discipleship work. But before we can begin our programs, we need a farm that is workable — that means fences, water systems, staff housing, and stock. Your contribution towards this part of the project is an investment in future blessings in the community. We need your help!

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Harvest Hand’s mission is to work with people that are disadvantaged and vulnerable, putting Jesus at the centre of the work, and forming partnerships, programs, projects and small business enterprises which transform local communities to provide for themselves and give witness to God’s love and presence.

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