The goal of the agriculture project is to provide significant assistance and support for the development of agriculture in Congo to the point it becomes a sustainable source of income and nutrition.
"Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? ...James 2:15-16
Our vision is to bring glory to God and blessings to our neighbors by using sustainable agriculture to help the powerless help themselves. What better way to show God's love than to demonstrate our care and concern for God’s people.
Sustainable farming has been the focus using animal traction to allow their people a way to produce food and income. Modern farm machinery is not available in rural Africa and could not be properly maintained. Draft animals have been the key, similar to "Amish" style farming here in the U.S. These projects have far-reaching possibilities in helping alleviate malnutrition in the Congo.
In 2015, our first well was drilled providing fresh water for the people and farm in Diengenga. Fresh water is essential and this capital project was successful through the generous gifts of many persons. A new farming project will hopefully be launched in 2017-18 in Degele!
Update by David Heistand – March 2014. “Rev. Baker is currently returning from Congo as our Pen/DE Conference Partnership Coordinator. He was greeted by literally thousands of local residents in Diengenga where he visited with Bishop Yemba. They sang and welcomed him with amazing joy! He was so very touched and grateful for their radical hospitality. The people understand how our Partnership is contributing to their health, education and standard of living and they are so grateful. Rev. Baker said the progress the farm has made is amazing! They are producing enough crops for the goats and cows and chickens. But, this is the fabulous part! There has been a cultural shift which is literally saving the lives of the malnourished. The use of goat milk for nourishment has not been widely known or utilized in the past in this part of the world. But now people are traveling from miles and miles away to learn what the farm is doing, partake of this nutritional goat milk and lives are being saved! We credit our missionary Paul Webster and his associate Tshala, in Zambia allowing so much to happen through their leadership and experience.
Jonathan reported he read from the Bible in John 21: “Feed my sheep.” And the people rejoiced as they realized that the farm staff was truly and literally following Jesus’ word! Very soon the crops will be sufficient to be shared with the local residents, as well…”
Support of Diengenga Farm – Staff & Supplies $15,000.00
Training 2017 $7,000.00
Incentive Program for Farms $15,000.00
CAPITAL PROJECTS $35,000.00
Truck - capital project $20,000.00 Answered Prayer!! Praise God!
Launch Degele Project $15,000.00
The seeds of our support we have planted are producing a bountiful harvest of love, spiritual growth, economic security, hope and joy…all through your faithful support and 'seed' money and actions.
"Still other seeds fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty or even a hundred times." Mark 4:8
For current project information, contact David Heistand, Doris Obenshain, or Jack O’Day, Congo Partnership committee members.