I love pine trees. I always dreamed of living in the mountains with pine trees all around me. That never happened. On December 7th, I went on a mission with several friends to bring a single pine tree into my yard.
WEC know of my interest in pine trees, and happened upon a ten-foot pine tree in Cayes that was going to be chopped down in order to clean the side of a road. He asked the owner if he could take the tree. The owner agreed. Trees like this one would cost $1000 H if you purchased it from a nursery.
WEC dug up the tree with help from a fellow agronomist. We rented a truck and headed to Cayes on a Monday morning. With the roots, the tree was as long as the vehicle, so it took us quite some time to actually figure out how we could haul it. We wrapped it with sheets. By God’s grace, the tailgate was a working tail gate so that we could extend the roots out the back. We tied the tip of the tree to the grill of the pick-up and made the long careful drive to Pasbwadòm.
That evening after band practice, some guys in the band helped put the tree in the ground. We carefully stood it up, secured it, gave it some fertilizer and water, and stood back to admire it. It’s a beautiful addition to the blue sky and white clouds that are visible from my front porch.
I love the tree. For several days, I sat on the porch for my morning devotions and spent more time looking at the tree than I did the Bible on my lap. It seems to be doing well after almost one month. No signs of dryness or stress.
Coconut trees and palm trees are beautiful, it’s true. I love them, and have one in my front yard. The pine tree is unique, however. For this American kid, it was a special part of the quiet 2020 Christmas season here at ASAPH.
Pine trees are ever green. They are reliable and never change. God is like that. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love never changes.
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