I love beginnings. The excitement. The possibilities. And that is just what we are experiencing this week as we begin building the first ever Aquaponics farm at the House of Blessings in Haiti!
Have you ever heard the term Aquaponics? Until 2 years ago, I can honestly say I had only heard that word a handful of times. Aquaponics is a farming system that uses waste from fish to feed vegetation that grows solely in water. There is zero dirt and using this system allows people to harvest vegetables 5 to 10 times more than traditional farming would produce. It is a simple system that will work if you work it.
Two years ago, when NOMORE brought our first Missions Team here, we had no idea what God had planned. Our experiences that summer planted in our hearts a desire to walk alongside the local peopleto bring a sustainable solution to alleviate poverty, one village at a time. So, we began to pray about what that would look like.
For me it is a personal quest as well. One moment here I can share is one I observed more than participated in. I was playing with one of the boys who had recently just come to the orphanage with his sister. He was holding onto my arms and using me as a jungle gym as he climbed up my body to flip over. His sister, Cassandra, approached him and while he held onto my arms she placed a pill in his mouth and then gave him a drink of water to wash it down. All of this happened while he still was holding onto my arms. It was a simple gesture but in that moment I witnessed through a simple moment the power of love. Cassandra probably thought nothing of it but for me it was a moment and an expression of how Christ has poured out his love on us.
In Isaiah 58 it says "to spend yourself on behalf of the oppressed". When I think of oppression the greatest form of it is the oppression of love. To know I am loved is ultimately my strength. Aquaponics, for me, is a simple thing I can do to let the people of this community know they are loved.
After returning from Haiti, one of our team members, Mike Petit, approached us about Aquaponics and we felt God directing us to begin to focus our efforts in this direction. Obedience is an amazing thing. One moment of saying "yes" to God has led to this new beginning and we are excited to see what God will do as we continue to walk through these doors that only He could have opened.
This week, there are some dedicated people who have come with the sole purpose of turning this dream into a reality and I want to take a moment to recognize them. Mike Pettit, from that first trip 2 summers ago, has been the mastermind behind this project. And this week he is working alongside Dave Covic and his son Daryl who bring with them a wealth of knowledge in both construction and Aquaponics.
In addition, I feel compelled to mention each and every person who has given financially, and many sacrificially, to make this project possible. Their resources are providing opportunity for the people of Haiti, and together, alongside the locals, we are bringing hope and a future to this community.
Ultimately this is about so much more than just Aquaponics. It's about making it possible for the Haitian people to provide food for the orphanage and local community. It's about job creation. It's about raising up a generation of young people who will lead their country into a new era with God's help. We are inspired by our Haitian brothers and sisters and their joy and tenacity for life. They have captured our hearts and we are honored to serve alongside them.
Join us as we pray...
-for favor and success
-for God to bless the work of our hands
-that this community would be transformed by the love of Jesus!
"I have come that you may have life, and life to the full." John 10:10
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