I’ve come to see the importance of celebrating and remembering the glimpses of progress that I encounter amidst the normality or frustrations of life. I am not always good at stopping to appreciate these moments, but today I saw one. The agriculture team was planting beans according to the Farming God’s Way method, which looks quite different from local techniques. (You can find out more about Farming God’s Way at www.farming-gods-way.org.) A lady passing by was expressing her doubt, but Obadiah, one of the farm interns called her back. I couldn’t understand most of their words, but I watched him respectfully explaining what we were doing and why. I couldn’t help smiling at this interaction, thinking: This is the way it should be. Obadiah has only been here two days and already he is freely giving what he’s gained. At the end of their conversation I caught the lady’s words: “Webare kushomesa” – thank you for teaching. She even gave us some of the food she was selling to thank us. After she left, Obadiah told me that she even asked him to come show her the Farming God’s Way on her land. God is already opening doors to the community! I take time record these small events because they will stand as memorials to God’s faithfulness when I am tempted to doubt.
[Disclaimer: Farming God’s Way includes minimal tillage. The ground that has been turned in the foreground of the photos was dug in our plot by conflicting instructions while I wasn’t around. Hmmm… now we work with what we have.]