Helping to Build a Greater Africa: Country by country
A New Education System and Agribusiness Methodologies for Rural Village Applications
This discourse aims to help readers understand my World-view, my life's work and how "we" can act, together, to help create a New Africa. We can help create an African continent where the typical African village family can take pride in their life and their work. This is the Hope with which I approach Africa with.
I have spent a good amount of time and space including pictures in order to allow you, the reader, to get a glimpse of where my path has taken me as I have prepared myself for this great African adventure. Little did I know that my mission in life would be "Helping in the lifting up of African families, living in rural African villages," when I first began my walk upon this Pathway that we call Life.
I worked in an agribusiness setting, helping my parents in our work on our small family farm, as a child. If you would like to see how my childhood unfolded on the farm, as I grew up, you can google "Amish Farming" and study how Amish people live and work on the farm and you will see a mirror image of how I grew up on the farm. We did not use chemical fertilizers and we did not have expensive equipment to help us get our work done. We used mules (the Amish use horses) and we used our backs and our hands to get the job done. We never owned a new truck, our first truck was a 1953 Chevy truck. Then there was a 1955 Chevy truck. Then there was another one, that I cannot remember the model or year of, but it was not a new one. We could not afford a new one. Later on, in our farm's growth and development, we were able to purchase a small used tractor. Then later on, my father purchased a larger used tractor. And finally, as my father was able to increase his agribusiness, he was able to purchase two new tractors, in the year 1988, he purchased a new 35 horsepower John Deere tractor and a new 70 horsepower European tractor. He was finally "on a roll" and became a respected, successful Agribusiness professional before he retired. I have never been as good a farmer as my father was, (he is dead now) I am sorry to say, but he taught me well enough to teach agribusiness basics to others. By the way, I also learned some great agricultural principles from my grandmother and mother, especially gardening skills.
I am a scholar, a researcher and "a sage" in some regards. However, what Jesus said about the fate of a prophet also applies to one such as I, in many ways, even though I am not a prophet. Remember, Jesus said, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house." (The gospel of Mark, the 6th chapter, the 4th verse).
You may have noticed in the pictures that I included with this composition, that there was no university magazine shown for Michigan State University. However, Michigan State does have a magazine just like other universities. In my haste to write I did not take the time to locate my Michigan State University magazine. I spent four years, as a medical student, full-time, at Michigan State University (The College of Human Medicine), but I did study a bit at the Veterinary School at Michigan State, and Agribusiness existed all around us, since Michigan State is a stellar agricultural institution. Michigan State was founded in 1855. The magazines are important to help graduates keep up with what is going on with the universities. Graduates are still considered members of the university communities for many reasons.
Noteworthy, all four of the universities where I have studied and graduated from have medical colleges. I enjoy reading the research and other medical literature that is published by the universities where I have studied. Of course, I read a broad range of literature that is published in "peer-reviewed" journals that contain the work of researchers or authors from a great number of other universities.
Maimonides (Rambam), and his importance for the rounding out of my worldview and education goes far beyond the scope of this writing. His place in my life is important in that he has helped me to understand my place in the global community in a broader manner. As a physician, especially as I consider his understanding and definition of a physician ( looking at his life as a model for my life), I have determined how I will proceed, that is, how I will practice medicine as I move forward in Life, for the rest of my days on earth. Once a physician, always a physician. Physicians are born, not made.
I find myself faced with the same set of circumstances that Maimonides faced when he decided how he would proceed with his life as a physician.
Considering the work that I must do, teaching agribusiness to African families in a rural setting, the knowledge and skills that learned from my father and my Amish friends will serve me better than agricultural textbooks or university level curriculum theories.
Therefore, I have found it necessary to look at the entire "pool of knowledge" that I have amassed from studying, down through the years, and it has become necessary for me to create a new curriculum for the families in the rural African villages that will work well.
After my curriculum is written and made ready for publication, I must first look at lesson plans that have already been applied on the continent of Africa to see what have worked and what have not worked. It may be that my new curriculum will have to be "placed on hold" to avoid political problems or situations. I must not "step on anyone's toes" or get in the way of any processes that are already in progress or being tested there.
After all is said and done, there is still the need for raising money. For financial resources are needed to implement great plans. Even great plans will go nowhere without help from people in the global community who have resources to help finance great plans. I am sure that some of the people who read my writings and study my works, know my needs, and have the abundant resources to help me in my work. Actually, if I am successful in my work, Terrorism will decrease on the continent of Africa, which will indirectly result in a decrease in migration of people from the continent of Africa. If Africa becomes a better continent to live upon and to call home, people will want to stay and live on the African continent. Helping me with money to accomplish my mission (our mission) in Africa, is an investment into our future, that is, the future of the Global Community.
My Personal Education System Will Help Lift-up a Multitude of African Families
As a healer and a teacher I approach the African continent to complete a Great Work. In the Gospel of John, the 9th Chapter, the 4th verse, Jesus said, "We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work." (from the New Living Translation of the Bible) I ask, "What is the night that is coming?" And again I ask, "Does it really matter?"
Looking at the New American Standard Bible's rendition of this verse we read, "We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work."
The sense of urgency that one can feel when reading the verse above is the same sense of urgency that I feel in my work for Africa. Our work is urgent. We must work quickly.