Our day began early this morning thanks to our local rooster who began a sporadic cock-a-doodle-doo in the wee hours and continued until we could no longer ignore his calls. (I’m thinking chicken for dinner!)
After breakfast, we met with several local farmers. Gerald gave us all instruction on ‘Farming God’s Way’. Our intent was to till a small portion of land at the mission to provide an example. We were unable to start the tiller, therefore we remained flexible in following God’s lead.
The broken tiller allowed time to visit the farm of one of the local church members, Jean Renee. A short 15 minute walk along the river gave us insight into the lives of the local people. Just as in the US, Saturday morning is typically laundry day. The brush along the river was lined with freshly washed clothing being sun dried. As women continued with the washing, children played
in the water keeping their distance from the sleeping pigs.
Reaching Jean Renee’s farm required us to wade in the knee deep river. The journey was well worth the trek. We arrived to see young banana plants and mature mango trees. A brief survey of the land revealed two spots which would be ideal for the ‘Farming Gods’s Way’ example. Plans are now underway to implement the concept. Also, we sampled freshly picked mangos from the trees. Never had we tasted sweet mangos warm from the sun. By the time we finished eating, we were like children, our faces and hands sticky from the juice.
On the trek back, once again we had to cross the river. Sitting on the side of the bank, preparing to put on our shoes, the farmers, cleaned our muddy feet with water. We all looked at each in awe, with the same thought- a Jesus moment! These humble farmers were washing our feet! Our leader Mark, in turn then washed the feet of the farmers. This was a touching moment for all of us.
Later, after lunch, we took a walk around Caracol, speaking to the recipients of the CHE loans. This would not have been possible without the assistance of Waldy a new comer to the group. Waldy, a Chicago Police Officer of Haitian descent, interpreted for us. With Mark’s credibility and and Waldy’s interpretation skills, it didn’t take long for word to spread that the dynamic duo was in town. People began coming up to us, immediately approaching Waldy with questions.
We finally returned to the mission compound ready for dinner, devotion and rest.