As the pandemic continues and stay-at-home orders for most countries remain, our work in each base is looking much different. However, we are blessed to continue finding ways to serve God in the communities to bring light and hope. Today’s story comes from our Agriculture Site in Nicaragua!
COVID-19 has drastically affected how we run our ministry across the mission. So much of what we do is built upon relationships and gathering people together in groups. Our agriculture site has suspended their group meetings, but have been able to invest more intentional time with the individual farmers. It hasn’t rained significantly for six months, but now the rainy season has begun! That means our AG site is heading into a busy season. Many of the farmers have started planting corn, beans, dragon-fruit, cocoa plants, and more. We feel this growing season is even more vital as shipping and international imports have slowed and have stopped altogether in many areas.
Thankfully, we are able to help the farmers while maintaining social distancing. We have been working with a few farmers to develop bio-intensive gardens (see pictures) where they can grow several vegetables in a small space. One of the farmers started his a few weeks ago, and his sons saw how fruitful it was, so they asked for help in starting their own! This week we are providing plantain trees to mix into two cocoa orchards we have helped initiate. We are thankful to still be able to be out working with the farmers; it is their livelihood. It also gives us a chance to talk about what is happening globally and that there is Good News through reconciliation through Jesus Christ.
Please continue praying for good weather during this growing season, for our ministry and the members of the communities that we are serving. We ask that you would pray for God’s provision so that we may continue delivering items to those in need.