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Sowing Seeds of Love in Kenya

Updated on March 26, 2011
  • Rather than rely on a global humanitarian relief effort, I recently discovered I could help make a difference in the lives of a few people in the Pokot district of Kenya.
  • AND if I can make a difference, anyone else who has a heart to do so can certainly share in the joy!

It all started last year when a dear friend of mine decided to spend a month in the Pokot district with the national director of CCCI, distributing food and participating in the ministry of The Jesus Film Project (R).

Remote Kenyan Villagers Hear the Gospel

  • by Staff Writer, The JESUS Film Project
  • May 12, 2009 11:40 am
  • Africa

A "JESUS" film team attempted to set up a large home-sewn nylon screen to show the film, but it would not cooperate with the rounded walls of the Kenyan village huts. Refusing to give up, they used a portable DVD player with an eight-and-a-half-inch screen to show the "JESUS" film. At first only three men watched the film, but by the time it finished, 80-90 people had gathered around the tiny screen. Dave, a team member, remarked that although some people were standing 35 feet away, it was obvious they were listening. In the week following, the team showed the JESUS film several more times in the village-this time on the big screen.

Later a Kenyan national missionary visited the village, and 22 men came to see her one by one, asking questions about Jesus. Each man said, "Don't tell anybody else I've done this." Praise God that since then, some of those men found the courage to come forward, and seven baptisms took place in one month!


Eager to support my friend in whatever way I could, I donated some money to help with the relief effort. One day when I was shopping at the 99 Cent Store, I came upon the fantastic deal of 9 packets of vegetable seeds for 99 cents! I was excited!! The selection included 3 kinds of squash, pumpkins, radishes, turnips, carrots, green beans, broccoli, onions, beets, and probably other vegetables that I am forgetting!

  • I prayed over the seeds, asking God to bring a fruitful harvest. Imagine my utter amazement and delight when we received word back that the harvest was boutiful!

The photo below is one of the garden plots in which the seeds are planted.

This email is from the principal of Humble Hearts school for the deaf, and owner of Angel Cottage, an orphanage for deaf children. My friend Mary is involved in supporting both of the


Hi Mary
Here is some information on our school garden
Its right inside Kayole area, which is is estimated to have approximately three hundred thousand people. Most of the people rely on vegetables as food as it is easy to get there is rains and cheaper than meat and chicken. The soil is loam soils but very rocky it takes a lot of work to get rocks and pebbles out before making a garden.

The one very notorious pest are termites they eat on any soft wood and destroy the roots of vegetables, we have to spray in a pesticide regularly to control them. We also use soil and leaf fertiliser for boost the crops, we will be using chicken and cow manure as soon as we start rearing them just adjust to the garden, animal manure is cheap and the best to use here.

Right now we are receiving some rain but in drought we have to sprinkle water on them, it is quite some work but the harvest is great.

 The link above is provided should you be interested in knowing more about the ministry and needs there.  If you would like to participate in the seed project, just drop me an email and I will put you in touch with my dear friend, Mary.

 

ASANTE SANA (  Thank you so much in Kenyan)

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    • Vladimir Uhri profile image

      Vladimir Uhri 8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Wonderful hub. Thanks

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      Catlyn 8 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      Thanks for the comment, Vladimir. It is encouraging to know we can make a difference !

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Kudos to you Catlyn. If everyone did a little, much can be achieved. My daughter's boy friend just returned from a ten days trip to Kenya. He went as apart of a group of students from Michigan University Nursing program.

      I spent about an hour looking at pictures from his visit. He was most touched by how appreciative the people are, even for the smallest of thing. They made up a song and dance for everything.

      And we take so much for granted in this great continent.

      Thanks for sharing

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      Catlyn 8 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      Dynamic - Thanks for your comment and for sharing about your son! It is so true that we are, by far, the richest people on earth, when compared to the vast majority of the population.

      Perhaps you could write a Hub sharing about your son's trip?

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a great idea Catlyn...that of sending seeds. And what a great reward you received in hearing back from your friend and getting to see that picture. A very tangible reward! Thanks for the idea and information.

      BTW...that CFSites is not a valid address. Clicked on it twice and wouldn't work. You might want to check it out.

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      Catlyn 7 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      Peggy - Thank you for reading this hub and your response, as well. My friend leaves next Saturday, 7/18 for a month again. I can't wait to see her photos when she returns. Thanks for alerting me to the non-working link. The problem has been corrected.

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      quietnessandtrust 7 years ago

      Very interesting Cathy, well written, sounds like a tough place to survive. Your .99cent store story was cool too. I love that store, I go there 1st before I go get hacked at a regular store. I like Trader Joe's too. We Americans have little clue as to how well off we are. If we had to grow our own food, most of us would just die.

      Shalom :-)

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      Catlyn 7 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      quietness -

      Thanks for reading and responding! I value your input!

      My friend Mary just left this evening for another month in Kenya. It will be a blessing to see the photos when she returns! But, you are absolutely right, most of us could not sustain a food supply off the land if we had to. Sad, but true! Makes me want to go cultivate my little patch of dirt in the backyard and see what I can grow.

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      thefount 7 years ago from North Central Louisiana

      Catlyn,

      I too enjoyed this hub! Very eye-opening, and like Mr. Q said, most of us would be lost if we had to grow our own food. I like your idea about starting something in the backyard. You never know what God will do with it!

      Be Blessed!

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      catlyn 7 years ago

      The Fount,

      Thanks for responding and I am glad you enjoyed the Hub. We do take so much for granted here in this country. But all glory be to GOD - we plant and water, but it is HE that brings the bounty!

      Bless you too!

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      sabu singh 7 years ago

      Interesting Hub Catlyn. I spent two years working with a firm in Nairobi in the mid 90's. What a great country and a great people.

      I have written a Hub "Travels in Kenya" which is based on a real-life experience (ofcourse starkly different from what yours is about). You may like to read it.

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      Catlyn 7 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      Thanks for the read and comment sabu! I look forward to reading your Hub on Kenya as well as other pages you write.

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      BJC 7 years ago from Florida

      Sultry, that's the word - yes. Thaks for your comments and I too am on "vacation" for one more week. I'm a teacher but I did teach autistic children this summer.

      Your article was thought provoking. A friend of mine went to Guana this summer on a missions trip and brought back great but heartbreaking pictures.

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      Ogaro Lugard 7 years ago

      This is quite interesting. I am Kenyan and I find the info shared here very informing especially for me who has been moving around African countries hit by man-made disasters. From Sudan and nowin Somalia. I wish I could share my stories.

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