Andy and Stephanie Abrams are missionary disciples to Kenya. Andy uses agriculture to help families provide for themselves with the ultimate goal of building relationships that will lead to sharing the gospel and making disciples. In their recent blog post, Andy speaks about his training in a program called “Farming God’s Way.”
“‘Farming God’s Way’ especially targets helping the poorest farmers break the yoke of poverty. In Kenya, and all across Africa, farmers make up around 80% of the population. However, farmers here aren’t respected for their profession as they are viewed as being at the bottom of the ‘ladder.’ They suffer from low self esteem and little hope that anything will ever change. Youth are abandoning farms and the rural area in droves to the bigger cities in hope of finding a better life. Now farmers are turning to relief agencies for handouts, and are becoming accustomed to a life of dependency. This ‘aid’ while well-intentioned, leaves farmers with little motivation to work to try and change things.
“I wanted to attend this training because for me, coming from a large scale farming background in Iowa, to the very small scale farming in Kenya, comes with a lot of challenges. How can I use my experience working with farmers who farm an average of 800 acres, help farmers who only have an average of 2 acres? This training proved to be just what I needed to be able to make that transition.”
Read the whole story on Andy and Stephanie Abrams’ blog. Will you join them as they try to get the attitude of the next generation of farmers back in the right direction? Pray for motivation, guidance, and provision for these farmers who are learning to farm God’s way. Will you also pray for Andy and Stephanie Abrams as they take on the difficult burden of helping those who feel as if they have nothing to offer? Pray that Andy and Stephanie will have the ability to encourage, teach, grow, and build friendships that last for eternity.