Week 1: Complete
Trip Start Aug 19, 2010
23Trip End Apr 05, 2011
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- Principles of Cross-Cultural Communication,
- Principles of Community Development,
- Basic Nutritional Needs,
- Appropriate Technologies,
- Soils and Land Care,
- Nursery Management,
- Malting Enzymes for Severely Malnourished,
- Saving Seeds,
- And the list goes on…
As the speakers recounted their experiences abroad in each workshop, I realized how extremely blessed I was to be listening
Toward the end of the week I was able to get a little hands-on experience too! Larry Yarger, a teacher/staff member, took our class on the farm to build a raised bed tire garden and a basket composting system on Thursday. On Friday I was able to see some tree grafting, participate in propagation (growing new plants) from cuttings of existing Passion Fruit plants, harvest Cassava and prepare the garden area for a new crop (pull weeds, work goat poo into the soil and add Vetiver Grass mulch to the top). When harvesting the Cassava and preparing the garden, a small group of us were working in the Semi-arid area of the farm – a representation of what places like Zambia would be farmed like. By the way, ECHO integrates Farming God's Way techniques into their farming practices, which is partly what I will be helping with when I go to Zambia.
Friday afternoon we had a picnic and enjoyed part of a freshly slaughtered farm goat named Oliver. He was tasty, as was the couscous smothered in peanut sauce. I skipped on the dessert but wound up having some later when my classmates surprised me by singing Happy Birthday and presenting me with candles and the cake leftovers : ) It was unexpected and quite nice.
On my actual birthday (Saturday) I took it slow
Today I went to church at St. Hilary’s Episcopal Church here in Fort Myers. I’d never been to an Episcopal church and was invited yesterday by an ECHO staff member, so I thought I would give it a try. The sermon was on being a good community… something we all need reminders of once in a while.
As for prayer requests:
Please pray that as I am at ECHO and in Zambia, finding myself the “new comer”, I might make successful efforts at cultivating community.
Also, I’ve been having some back/neck pain that is rather distracting. Please pray that the muscles would loosen.
Update: My dad rested for a few days after the accident and began traveling/working again but only made it from Georgia to South Carolina before his truck had engine trouble, forcing him to rest a few more days while the truck gets fixed… He has been dealing with a pain in his abdomen and is almost convinced that a visit to the local hospital would be to his benefit.