Saturday, February 4, 2017

We have become the sellers!

Encouraging words from a local villager:
"In January 2016, I came as an observer at the CEFA year-end conference.  At the time, I had an avocado tree in my back yard that was on the brink of death.  The branches were dry, the leaves were turning yellow, and the tree was not producing fruit.  When I came back from the conference, I tried composting around the tree as I had heard at CEFA and I told my family to water it with our used dishwater.  Little by little, the tree began to change.  Green leaves began to appear and after a time, production started up.  Now, we are no longer avocado buyers.  We have become the sellers!  Thank you to CEFA for their support."
  



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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Passing on the vision

Up in the northern area where Bernard Bekosso had his dynamic co-op, a returning refugee shared this story, "Bernard Bekosso had planted a lot of fruit trees.  Now that he is not present, we see other people benefiting from his trees.  We then decided to form our own cooperative in our community."
So, even though Bernard B is still living across the border as a refugee, his testimony and life's work continue to bless people in his home area.  As a tailor and an avid gardener he connects with people, and as a Jesus follower he shares God's love!

  



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Repairing bridges

Part of CEFA's work out in the villages is to keep the roads passable.  Even though CEFA village agents often make alternative plans, like putting palm seedlings or big sacks of peanuts to plant on the back of a motorcycle, the optimum plan is to go by pick-up truck.  The problem is that a truck cannot always go where a motorcycle can. That's why you see, in this photo, CEFA crew preparing an old truck chassis to shore up an old busted bridge.

  



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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

CEFA GOES SOUTH OF THE BORDER

Every year for the next 4 years, December-February, Aleta and Roy will join their younger son Sam and his family, near Durban, South Africa.  This 3 month stay will include the holidays, of course, but the goal is to join in with the Genesis team ministries. Genesis is the non-profit organization Sam & Anna partner with. The lead pastor with the Genesis project had extended an open invitation to get involved in their various venues to reach out to the communities via health, discipleship, youth, and even agriculture. Aleta knew she could help out at the hospice care center and also help Lynn Brackley, director of the Genesis volunteer program. Roy knew he could get involved in agriculture, addressing the needs related to vegetable gardening and fruit trees, especially in the rural areas. They just had a brain-storming session with Lynn and her husband Gary, exploring the possibilities for ministries with Genesis, about how to reach our in compassion and to share Christ's love.  The first goal is all about listening and learning before starting up any new ministry. However, in the interest of saving time for trees to grow, Roy has begun to set up a nursery; a place to establish the new and nutritious fruit trees, vegetables, and beans that he would like to introduce from the CEFA ag program in Central Africa. The Brackleys have generously offered space on their farm to build the nursery and to plant a demo garden and tree plots. They also have made their small pick-up available for work use, and, most important of all, they proposed that their main farm hand, Zweli, could be an integral part of this work! So, a demo veggie garden has been planted, as shown in the photo; see Zweli setting up the veggie beds with his right hand man, Roy! CEFA can now claim that it is on a mission to help South Africans with a more diversified farming system. There is also the possibility of connection with other ag non-profit organizations in the area in order to help those in the south coast area be more self-sufficient, especially regarding food needs. 

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Roy & Aleta Danforth
Covenant missionaries to the Central African Republic
cell phones:cell phones: Aleta 011 237 67529 5071 or 011 236 7744 8621
Roy 011 236 7754 9176011 or 011 237 66171 7808
email: roy-aleta.danforth@covchurch.org
for us personally:  http://blogs.covchurch.org/danforth/

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

ECC Leaders visit CEFA and its Partners

In mid-November, CEFA was visited by the new leaders of the Danforths' mission with the Evangelical Covenant Church; Al Tizon Executive Minister  and Josef Rasheed, Regional Coordinator for Africa. They saw a lot in just two days, touring the CEFA Center fields and gardens, seeing all the different animals (including the fish ponds), and interacting with most of the working staff; a visit to Kentzou to participate in Fulani evangelism; and checking out the various crops and fruit trees planted out at a near-by village co-operative. A highlight of their visit was while they were in that village, experiencing not just the harvesting of the high protein bean, the cowpea, which CEFA has introduced, but witnessing the co-op children eating them. The cowpea plays a key role in the fight against the rampant malnutrition in C.A.R. This was their first visit ever to see CEFA and its ministries in action and CEFA was blessed with their presence.  


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Roy & Aleta Danforth
Covenant missionaries to the Central African Republic
cell phones:cell phones: Aleta 011 237 67529 5071 or 011 236 7744 8621
Roy 011 236 7754 9176011 or 011 237 66171 7808
email: roy-aleta.danforth@covchurch.org
for us personally:  http://blogs.covchurch.org/danforth/

Monday, November 7, 2016

VEGGIE TALING


This last Saturday, Nadege, the woman's village co-op supervisor, led a seminar on why it is worth raising vegetables, especially now that dry season is approaching and other foodstuff from field crops will be less available. Nearby co-op members and moms with malnourished children at the hospital were invited and all learned not just the theoretical, but the practical by preparing beds and transplanting certain vegetables like lettuce and tomatoes. They also learned the special technique for planting tiny seeds like carrots. In the end, they were all challenged to put what they have learned, not only planting their own veggie gardens, but also helping other family members or neighbors to get their own plots going. Galatians 6:1-10 was shared where in particular, it talks about what we sow is what we reap – meaning in the spiritual realm, we need to be promoting peace and reconciliation (Jesus style) so that all can benefit from stability and security as times are once again heating up a bit here and it is not just from planting hot peppers!

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Cleaning out the well at the CEFA farm

The organization that drilled the well at the CEFA farm passed on the drilling equipment to one of its main employees, Marcellin, when they scaled down their work.  We were surprised by Marcellin showing up at Gamboula last week, with his big drilling rigs.  He offered to do maintenance on our well, graciously at no cost to us, and we certainly didn't refuse!  He and his crew pulled up the submersible pump, and flushed the silt out of the system.  It'll take a few days for all the cloudiness to clear out of the pipes, but there's nothing like the sweet taste of deep well water.  We have been blessed to have potable water in our home because of this well.  No boiling and filtering like Congo days!
  

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