Thursday, September 30, 2010

Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is known as the Kingdom in the Sky.  Found in the middle of South Africa, Lesotho is surrounded by stunningly beautiful mountain terrain.Lesotho 156Lesotho 084

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For two centuries the plough has been used for farming with devastating results.  Dongas, or massive ravines, have formed as summer storms have washed away much of the top soil. 

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This donga measured over 6 meters high!

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A group of about 60 of us converged to set up a campground on the Growing Nations site.  Our purpose was twofold: to assist the Lesotho people with a proven conservation farming method called Farming God’s Way (with yields up to 10x higher than traditional methods of farming), and to take part in in-field mentoring and training.

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The first day focused on orientation, training in large scale field implementation…

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and training in contour farming.

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We then divided into 4 teams and travelled to various venues where we trained Lesotho farmers in Farming God’s Way principles.  Training focused on the biblical foundation for Farming God’s Way, technology and management keys.

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Training was done with practical demonstrations…

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and hands on training. Lesotho 152Lesotho 188        For the next 2 days we worked with farmers on their fields, mentoring them and helping them to implement Farming God’s Way.Lesotho 241   Lesotho 268   Lesotho 318 Lesotho 324  At the end of the training we were able to bless farmers with new hoes.Lesotho 364 Lesotho 368

My prayer for the Lesotho people is to, “Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.” Psalm 37:3

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