It is a little late to wish you a Happy New Year so I hope all of you have been blessed to have a good beginning to 2018..
Soon after the new year started we started having visitors. The first were three men Covenant World Relief in Chicago who have helped the Caleb young men with water development in their communities and aid for the neediest families in their churches. They have also been strong supporters of HCDF with its farming activities..
Next Darwin came. Darwin has been coming twice a year for several years. He usually stays two to three weeks. This time is wife, Leola, was able to come with him. He has been and is a huge help on the farm helping the workers understand how to use the tractors, the plow, the planter and other machines on the farm. He has also overseen the construction of the transformation building where corn will be milled and packaged and other crops will be packaged for sale. The purpose of the farm is to help the farmers utilize their land for better profits and to grow food that can be used to feed the 900 children enrolled in L’Exode schools. In the future we hope to expand this to more schools.
While Darwin was still with us a family of six came to stay for three weeks. They have a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. He has been continuing the education of the farm workers that Darwin started and he works with one of the buyers of the farm’s harvest of sorghum. He and they are ensuring that we use good seeds and plant them properly. We are very grateful to Darwin and Franck and their families for the expertise they are providing us.
This is the month of Mardi Gras celebrations which are well attended in the cities. Most protestant churches do not join in these celebrations and, in fact, choose to leave the cities as much as possible. Our school campuses have been and continue to be destinations of church youth groups from the cities. This year this tradition continues. We are pleased we are able to minister to them in this way.
Also this month a group of architectural students from the University of Tennessee/Knoxville will be coming. Ever since the earthquake in 2010 students have been coming to study our locations and the type of buildings we need and go back to get practical experience by designing these buildings for us. They have been an immense blessing to us and I really enjoy visiting with them or just sit listening to them talking about their plans. This year they will be concentrating on the first of several housing projects we are envisioning for the community.
The Secondary School campus is constantly being improved. This month sidewalks have been poured outside the school along the side the outside wall and the road. We are still raising money to begin major changes at the church where the kindergarten and preschool are located. The current buildings are truly overcrowded and it is not easy to work with 3 to 5 years old in crowded conditions and not conducive to fun comprehensive learning. Any donations toward this are and will be appreciated.
As you can see, we are staying busy and we are pleased and humbled that God has chosen us to be His servants in these ways. We look forward to a busy time continuing this work given to us.
God bless you for the support and encouragement and prayers toward and for us.
Yours in Christ,