Normally I share with you thoughts that are filling my days or things I am up to in my work with Growing Hope, but today I wanted to share what someone else is up to. Later this week, one of our board members is heading to South Africa with Blessman Ministries, a humanitarian organization based out of Urbandale, IA, doing work among the people in the region of Mokopane. While there, he will witness the progress Blessman Ministries is making in their farming program. Growing Hope has been working with Blessman Ministries for over a year now, supporting their work among the people of South Africa, through their farming operation, particularly the specific work of Blessman’s on-site agronomist, Johanney Chongani. Johanney provides knowledge and leadership among the people of the village in how to effectively raise crops. And, he also overseas the farming program at the Del Cramer campus where at-risk children of the village can go to receive a daily meal. Not only that, but Blessman Ministries has formed a farming cooperative made up of a small group of capable women and the name they chose to incorporate their cooperative is Growing Hope South Africa, a name which makes us humbly proud, for obvious reasons.
If you have a chance I would encourage you to visit the Blessman Ministry website (blessmanministries.org) and check out the blog posts there which highlight the progress and success they are having in growing a variety of crops, including maize, tomatoes, beets, and spinach, as well as raising chickens and implementing a fish farming project. It has been exciting to join Blessman Ministries in building their farming program. By far the most rewarding part is to see the people of South Africa make progress in growing their own crops and thereby growing their own economy and security for the future. I invite you to watch for my upcoming blog posts which will provide details of what was learned on the trip!
Blessings to you today!