Newsletter: Autumn 2008

REAP Workshops

Another series of workshops are planned in November to establish new church contacts. This will be a chance to bring more people on board.The starting point will be Natural Medicines but the Biblical basis of stewardship, and all that implies, will be incorporated throughout the training.

Roger in Tanzania

At the beginning of September Roger is traveling to Dodoma in Tanzania on behalf of World Relief Canada (their equivalent of Tearfund). REAP’s work is very much in line with what they hope to achieve.

Roger will be revising the work plan for the Diocese of Central Tanganyika development program as regards food security and the environment.

He will follow this with a week of training, relating to the outcomes, including two days with pastors and church workers on the Biblical basis of good stewardship.

Another good year at the Kisumu Show

The Reap team had a very successful week at their Kisumu Show stand and garden again this year. They came back with two trophies and a second place.

The second place was for Best Stand in Environmental Management, for which they were particularly pleased to have beaten many of the “big boys”, including the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

The Kisumu Show has proved to be an ideal platform to promote Reap’s many concepts, which enable Africa’s poor to improve their standard of living by more efficiently using recourses that are readily available to them.

PRAYER POINTS

  • That the vision of REAP’s work will continue to spread throughout the continent of Africa and enable many more people to live more productively and comfortably.
  • Thanks that Roger’s recent involvement in strategic planning for ACROSS in Sudan has been successful.
  • In October the annual Cush consultation will be held in Sudan, which brings together the Christian NGOs, missions and churches. Both Roger and Jos are on the facilitating committee, which Roger chairs. Please pray for faith to result in changes in lives.
Roger’s GardenAbove is an aloe vera plant. When broken off the leaves ooze sap, which is a soothing healer if applied immediately after a burn, so it is very valuable when grown near to where cooking is done.
Vetiver grass
The picture above shows moringa leaves drying. They are an extremely efficient source of nutrients and when dried can be easily stored and added to the family meal. Over the last few years the introduction and cultivation of moringa trees has been a major focus of REAP.
Planting trees
Rosalia with a fireless cooker at the show. The cooker enables slow cooking to continue and will also keep food warm.