Author Earl Nightingale is quoted as saying, “A rut is a grave with the ends kicked out.” There can be some truth in this statement. Is there something you do that you have no idea why you do it? Something that has been a part of your life since you were very young? Perhaps how you load the dishwasher or a particular way you make the bed. Maybe you are someone who grew up with the notion that, “If you are not early to an appointment, you are late!”
In Malawi, more than 80% of people are small plot farmers. They grow the food they need to survive themselves. These farmers have only a small piece of land, many only the size of an average yard in America. Their tools to accomplish the work are primitive. Most have only a hoe made from a piece of metal tied to a handle made from a fallen tree branch. No machines to plow, till or harvest. It is hard work. Done the way their fathers taught them, and their fathers before them.
What if there was a better way? What if some simple things could be done to help people increase their harvest and therefore the food they have to eat? Enter Farming God’s Way. Through our partners, Y-Malawi is brining people together to teach a different way to farm. A way that can increase harvests by 25% up to even 50% or more!
Farming God’s Way teaches how God has created plants and the world to naturally grow and reproduce. How God designed nature to do its own tilling, planting and fertilizing. We learn how to make maximum use of the rain and sun He provides. We learn about how some of the practices past down through the generations are actually reducing harvests and damaging the soil. In the process, we learn about our creator, who He is, and how He loves us.
God wants us out of our ruts, He has something better planned for us. In Jeremiah 29:11 He told the nation of Israel, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Farming God’s Way does that for farmers in Malawi. God wants the same for all of us.