In the past year or two, my eyes have been opened to the needs and possibilities of agriculture in Haiti. I have learned much while I worked on translating books : FARMING THAT BRINGS GLORY TO GOD and RESTORING THE SOIL. I am currently working on a set of lessons about REDEMPTIVE AGRICULTURE.
In short, God created a world that was rich in resources. Generations of bad farming and neglect have led to a great reduction in ability to produce, and now many of the world's farmers are so discouraged that they are pushing their children to leave 'the farm'. The future is ugly. If no one is farming, no one is eating. Farming should be a rewarding, honored way of life.
Vast areas of soil that used to be fertile are not fertile today, but they can be fertile again. That is the exciting part. Harvesting corn only year after year sucks life from soil. Either you pound artificial stuff into it, or it goes bad. OR, you restore it.
New techniques, that are really old, are based on the way God set up His creation. Smart people have taken the time to look at the way God kept soil fertile for ever. Those techniques are now being developed into a plan for restoring dead ground. It works.
Asaph Teaching Ministry is all about teaching. I am excited about the opportunity to teach farmers in Haiti, in Pasbwadom, about ways they can improve their lives long-term...and feed Haiti.
Pray for open doors as ASAPH moves into the future. Music is great. Soccer is valuable. Bible is essential. Agriculture is promising.
Plants have enemies. Most of them are microscopic. Bacteria. Virus. Some are tiny bugs. But one of a plant or garden is a cow.
WEC planted green peppers in his garden early this year (after digging a well and setting up a way to irrigate). Pictures are on the picture page of this website. Last week the peppers began reaching maturity. A first set of peppers was sold at market...for $400 H. Then a bigger second harvest happened. Last night, five cows entered the garden. My details are sketchy so far, but the cows are apparently in 'jail'. That means the local authority will hold the animal until the owner pays an amount of money equal to the damage the animal did. The problem with that, is that the cow owner won't have the money or want to pay it. Things like this often end in fractured relations.
Haiti is tough. You work hard. You invest. You see hope. You begin to make progress. Then it all washes away in one big blink of an eye.
WEC will gather the remaining crop and make the best of it, and he'll have a story to tell when he is old. Little by little, he will get better at what he does. Pray for people all over the planet who are working the land in order to put food on the table...yours and mine!
Missionary in Haiti.