Thursday, December 05, 2013
My friend Campbell invited me to go bush pig hunting later this month. But in order to do that, we have to build a blind in the trees so the pigs won't see us. Sounds fun huh?
As we were romping through the bush carrying poles, grass, wire and other supplies to build our fort in the trees, I was taken back to my youth. I still remember, clearly, the times when a bunch of us kids would sneak off into the neighborhood and find an abandoned lot and do something very similar.
O the memories!
Posted by Roberts at 11:08 PM
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Development on our property in Ngangula village has officially begun. We're not really building anything, just fencing in some of the property so that we can run our Foundations for Farming programs.
Care of lifestock takes on a whole new meaning in the village. In our western approach to raising pigs, goats, cattle, etc, we think of them being confined to the property of their respective farmers. In the Zambian village, the approach is a bit different. Most rural Zambians believe that cattle, pigs, goats, & chickens should be allowed to roam and graze where they see fit. Meaning if they want to stroll across your personal property, it is perfectly acceptable. Just about every day over the past 2 weeks of being out there, I've seen goats chewing on some of our trees and cows leisurely strolling across our already planted FfF plots.
Today, Movet, Lloyd, Baba and I headed out to Ngangula hoping to fence in 2 of the 12 acres that the Chieftainess has given the ministry. As you can see from the pictures, we had to get creative with pulling the fence and driving the posts into our rocky soil. But we managed. Our should I say, we managed 1/4 th of what we set out to do. So, tomorrow, we'll head back out there hoping to finish a majority of the remaining work!
Posted by Roberts at 10:59 AM
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Yep, that's me. In an all too familiar position. Doing work underneath the car. At least this time I had some help. Recently, we have had a lot of issues with our one and only family car. Last month, we had to spend several thousand dollars rebuilding the front and rear differentials, replacing the radiator, and rewiring everything behind the dash. Today, I've been busy trying to trace a problem with the fuel line. Whenever we try to accelerate, the engine is just shutting down.
I never thought I would remove a fuel tank on my car, but to do it twice has been double the pleasure ;- ). Anyways, after getting all of that work done, we're having new problems and just found out today that the brand new radiator has a big crack in it. I haven't had the opportunity to show the mechanic who purchased and installed it for us. I'll do that on Thursday. The radiator alone was $1,000. So, it's important that he replaces it for us with no additional costs.
All that to say, we are just asking you to pray for us. It's been a really frustrating few months as far as the car is concerned and it seems to becoming more and more of a money pit. I try to do everything I can do on my own to save money, but it just seems like more and more keeps breaking.
The Lord says that we have not because we ask not. So, would you join us in asking Him, for a newer more reliable car for the Roberts? Zambia, unlike America and other countries, is landlocked and all vehicles are imported. On top of this, when vehicles are imported, they are taxed at up to 96% of their value. So, if you buy a $10,000 used car, it can costs you close to $20,000. Our current car, (2000 model) we purchased roughly 2 years ago for $23,000 and it has not been that dependable.
So, for the Roberts to get a newer more reliable car we will probably need $35,000 - $40,000. And we know that God will have to provide, because it's just nowhere in our budget at this time.
Thank you for joining us in this prayer!
Posted by Roberts at 8:17 AM
Sunday, December 01, 2013
This year is a big year for our discipleship farming programs. Last year, we were able to work closely with 5 families which produced about four times the national average in terms of yield. And those 5 families have learned a little bit more about faith through doing this practical work. In addition to this, we were able to conduct various field days training many others on the benefits of honoring God in all of life including farming. It's been encouraging to see some of our friends excited about their faith and excited about their farming.
Campbell is planting 60 acres, 40 with maize and 20 with soy beans all by hand using the principles from Foundations for Farming. It was awesome seeing our guys Terren and Lloyd directing his staff to take on such a huge endevor. We can't wait to see some of the impacts that such a project will have on the lives of many of our Tonga friends here in Chikankata.
Posted by Roberts at 10:48 PM
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I know we are a week early, but we're really missing some special people back in the States this week.
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!
Posted by Roberts at 10:12 AM
Friday, November 08, 2013
Insightful lessons we've both learned while living in Zambia! If you get a chance, take a read.
Posted by Roberts at 11:55 PM
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
As someone who worked in Corporate America for 10 years before coming to Zambia, I know a thing or two about boardroom meetings. But boardroom meetings take on a different flavor here in Zambia.
Instead of the nice chairs, hardwood tables, whiteboards, overhead projectors and the such, we have a bit of a different setup. Ours are usually under a tree in 100 degree whether with no comfort to speak of and my attire usually consists of a T-shirt, shorts and riding boots for the motorcycle.
But regardless of the environment and the attire, I really do enjoy them very much. Probably because of the company we keep!
Posted by Roberts at 4:23 AM