All posts by Kathleen Turner

16May/17
Photo of The Deputy Headmaster planting a tree for Tree Planting Ceremony

Tree Planting Ceremony

Tree planting ceremony in memory of Mama Alice Akoth

On the 5th April 2017, the REAP team visited Kaminogedo Primary School in western Kenya. We went to plant some trees in memory of Mama Alice Akoth, who was one the teachers at the school and a faithful REAP contact person, who went to be with the Lord last year. The REAP team took trees from the nursery and helped to plant them. The Year 8 students, who had been Mama Alice’s students in year six, assisted in the planting. The REAP team were able to share some practical teaching with them about tree planting as well as caring for God’s creation. The students have committed themselves to making sure that the trees survive, by watering and caring from them out of respect for their former teacher.

Photo of Unloading the trees at Kaminogedo Primary School for Tree Planting Ceremony

Unloading the trees at Kaminogedo Primary School for Tree Planting Ceremony

Photo of Rosalia explaining about the purpose of the visit for Tree Planting Ceremony

Rosalia explaining about the purpose of the visit

Photo of The Head Girl planting one of the trees for Tree Planting

The Head Girl planting one of the trees

Photo of The Deputy Headmaster planting a tree for Tree Planting Ceremony

The Deputy Headmaster planting a tree

15May/17
Rosalie and Sam

Newsletter April 2017

Newsletter April 2017

Much of Kenya has been very dry, with some places experiencing a serious drought. However, in western Kenya it has been raining and many places are lush and green, especially where good care has been taken of the soil. The photograph below shows Rosalia and Sam in the medicinal plant production area in our own farm near Kisumu, where we practice what we teach. The Vetiver Grass hedges (you can see one running across the plot in the photograph) completely stops soil erosion. The trees which you can see growing abundantly in the background are carefully chosen to fit, and also contribute to a cooler environment. The mulch (which can be seen between the plants) protects the soil from the hot sun and heavy downpours. These are all important components of our teaching on caring for the soil by working with God’s creation.

Photo of Rosalie and Sam in Newsletter April 2017

Tree planting in memory of Mama Alice Akoth

On the 5th April 2017, the REAP team visited Kaminogedo Primary School in western Kenya. We went to plant some trees in memory of Mama Alice Akoth, who was one the teachers at the school and a faithful REAP contact person, who went to be with the Lord last year. The REAP team took trees from the nursery and helped to plant them. The Year 8 students, who had been Mama Alice’s students in year six, assisted in the planting. The REAP team were able to share some practical teaching with them about tree planting as well as caring for God’s creation. The students have committed themselves to making sure that the trees survive, by watering and caring from them out of respect for their former teacher.

Photo of Unloading the trees at Kaminogedo Primary School from Newsletter April 2017

Unloading trees at Kaminogedo Primary School

Photo of Rosalia explaining about the purpose of the visit from Newsletter April 2017

Rosalia explaining about the purpose of the visit

Photo of The Head Girl planting one of the trees from Newsletter April 2017

The Head Girl planting one of the trees

Photo of The Deputy Headmaster planting a tree from Newsletter April 2017

The deputy Headmaster planting a tree

Easter Tree planting as a practical part of Creation Care

REAP continues to be active in promoting Biblical models of caring for God’s wonderful Creation. We have recently linked up with Margaret Oluoch, a CMS Africa Champion, in promoting Tree Planting and natural medicines through the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK). In March we shared the challenge of Creation Care with Rev John Mark Oduor, the Provincial Director of Mission. His response was that he could not promote what he was not doing himself, and as a result invited us to his home near Siaya in western Kenya. So on April 7th we had a day at his home church, planting trees and Natural Medicines, so that John Mark, as he commented, could lead by example. This fitted in well with the Easter Season tree planting where we combine the practical teaching on planting and caring for trees as part of creation care with a spiritual message from the Bible. The central imagery is the Tree of Life in Genesis 2 and Revelation 22, with the tree of the Cross at the centre of history.

Photo of Roger explaining about planting Vetiver Grass to the youth, with Margaret Oluoch looking on from Newsletter April 2017

Roger explaining about planting Vetiver Grass to the youth, with Margaret Oluoch looking on

Photo of Rev John Mark Oduor planting from Newsletter April 2017

Rev John Mark Oduor planting

Natural Medicine Training at the AIC Missionary Training College, Eldoret

For number of years REAP has given one week of Natural Medicine Training to the students at the AIC (African Inland Church) Missionary Training College in Eldoret. Rosalia and George went to Eldoret from 20th to 25th of March and had a very productive week of training, with a lot of practical emphasis. The students were very responsive and very appreciative of the training which they say will equip them for ministering in remote and difficult locations in the future.

Group Photograph of the Natural Medicine training at the AIC Missionary College, Eldoret

Group Photograph of the Natural Medicine training at the AIC Missionary College, Eldoret

01Mar/17

Newsletter: February 2017

Newsletter for February 2017

We want to share with you how the year has got off to a good start in REAP. As we pick up work in 2017 we look forward to a year of taking our teaching forward, and reaching out to new people and new areas, and want to share some of what we have done already. It has been very dry over much of Kenya this year, but in western Kenya we have been blessed with some rain even out of season. We have realised that one important factor in our teaching is the need to include crops that will benefit from rain whenever it falls. In the picture Samuel Ouma is getting ready for the rains preparing a variety of plants in the nursery.

Natural Medicine Workshop in Butere

The first two days of February found us in Butere in western Kenya for a two day workshop with about 26 participants all of whom are active in Natural Medicines. Most had attended a previous training seminar. It was a time of sharing together and learning from each other, and a significant amount of time was given to learning how people had used and built on their training. A strong list of successes and challenges was produced as well as specific questions.

Photo of Group Discussion at Natural Medicines Workshop.
Keith Lindsey leading a discussion at Natural Medicines Workshop

There was also some new teaching including Keith Lindsey presenting on Non Communicable Diseases, also known as Lifestyle Diseases. This led to talk about healthy lifestyles and challenges of the modern world. More and more our teaching focuses on how to keep healthy, motivating people from the Bible.

Roger teaching on the use of Frangi Pani for Shingles

We went through many of the specific questions raised with responses coming from both the participants and the facilitators, depending on the topic.

It was a very valuable time of mutual learning.

One of the questions related to how Natural Medicine teaching fitted with Biblical teaching. This gave an opportunity to share some of what the Bible says in relation to the wonder of God’s creation as well as to challenge participants to read the Bible in such a way as to learn new things.

Roger shared ways of managing HIV and the wonders of Frangi Pani in helping alleviate the symptoms of Shingles.

Extending teaching on Creation Care

We have started the year in trying to reach out to different churches and challenge them in relation to Creation Care and the Gospel. We have had some useful meetings with significant people in some of the main churches in Nairobi and the Kisumu area. Ed Brown who is one of the movers on the Lausanne Creation Care movement was visiting Nairobi, so we were able to organise a get together one evening with some church and government representatives. The meeting was designed to open the eyes of church folks to our Biblical call to care for creation, and also to open the eyes of some government folks to the potential of the church in motivating for change. Ed Brown gave the Keynote speech.

Photo of Informal Setting of a Creation Care Meeting

Informal Setting of a Creation Care Meeting

Photo of Dr Alice Kaudia and Ed Brown at Creation Care get together

Dr Alice Kaudia and Ed Brown

The REAP Centre in Kajulu is developing into a Visitors’ Centre

The REAP team based in Kisumu have been working hard at the REAP garden in Kajulu, developing it into a Visitors’ Centre where, as well as trying new things, modelling what we teach and producing planting materials, we can teach visitors. The building is a good meeting place, and the garden has been streamlined so that visitors can move round and the team can point out the main teaching points.

In the middle of February we had two groups visiting and learning from the team. Domitilla has incorporated all our teaching on kitchens into the mud kitchen, and also produced tea and food for the visitors from there. The garden is full of different teaching points, both relating to medicinal plants and sustainable agricultural practices. Whenever we have visitors they are always challenged by the wonder of God’s creation.

Photos of visitors walking around the garden
Photos of visitors walking around the garden
Photo of visitors in the REAP Centre
Photo of visitors in the REAP Centre

Thank you for your support

We are very grateful for all the support that we receive. We could not achieve what we have without this support. We are however facing a deficit, and want to reach out more and with extra support we could reach many more people with our teaching. We have much teaching ready to share but need more resources to get it out to more people.

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01Mar/17
Photo of REAP Visitors Centre at Kajulu

Kajulu REAP Centre developing into a Visitors’ Centre

The REAP Centre in Kajulu is developing into a Visitors’ Centre

The REAP team based in Kisumu have been working hard at the REAP garden in Kajulu. They have been developing it into a Visitors’ Centre. The garden has been streamlined so that visitors can move round and the team can point out the main teaching points. Importantly, the building is a good meeting place too! In the garden we

  • Try new things
  • Modelling what we teach
  • Produce planting materials
  • We teach visitors

The building is a good meeting place. The garden has been streamlined so that visitors can move round and the team can point out the main teaching points.

In the middle of February we had two groups visiting and learning from the team. Domitilla has incorporated all our teaching on kitchens into the mud kitchen. She produced tea and food for the visitors from there.

The garden is full of different teaching points, both relating to medicinal plants and sustainable agricultural practices. Whenever we have visitors they are always challenged by the wonder of God’s creation.

Photos of visitors walking around the garden
Photos of visitors walking around the garden
Photo of visitors in the REAP Centre
Photo of visitors in the REAP Centre
28Feb/17
Photo of Dr Alice Kaudia and Ed Brown at Creation Care get together

Creation Care and the Gospel

Extending Creation Care Teaching

This year we are trying to reach out to different churches and challenge them in relation to Creation Care and the Gospel. We have had some useful meetings with significant people in some of the main churches in Nairobi and the Kisumu area.

Ed Brown, who is one of the movers on the Lausanne Creation Care movement, was visiting Nairobi recently. We were able to organise a get together one evening with some church and government representatives. Ed gave the Keynote speech.

    The meeting was designed:

  • to open the eyes of church folks to our Biblical call to care for creation
  • to open the eyes of some government folks to the potential of the church in motivating for change.
Photo of Dr Alice Kaudia and Ed Brown at Creation Care get together

Dr Alice Kaudia and Ed Brown

Photo of Informal Setting of a Creation Care Meeting

Informal Setting of a Creation Care Meeting

The Stewardship of the Environment programme focuses on motivational teaching relating to the environment and sustainable agriculture from a Biblical perspective.

  • It concentrates on motivating Christians to be responsible stewards of the soil and environment that God has given us, through teaching that is relevant to even the smallest farmers who do not have access to cash.
  • It emphasises sustainable and low input approaches that are working with the balance God created in the soil and having a positive view of trees so that they can be incorporated into even the smallest farm.
  • We talk of working with God’s creation rather than against it.