The Frustrated Gardener

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When you plant a seed in someone, when do you expect it to grow?

I heard an account from a friend that just blew my expectations out of the water. We were discussing how to minister to people on a daily basis. As you know, this can feel quite unglamorous, and frankly, sometimes it can be frustrating. As we sat wallowing in our own self-doubt, this friend (we’ll call him Jon) spoke up. Jon told us that even the little things matter more than we know.

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My Old Spatula

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I was baking cookies last week when I started rummaging through my utensil jar for my favorite cookie spatula. It can be hard to find, since it’s much shorter than my other utensils and easily falls to the bottom of the jar. I got this spatula in some sort of box store mega-pack when I was in college. It doesn’t have a brand listed on the handle, and it’s just an ordinary black plastic spatula whose age is starting to show. It endured plenty of abuse during those college grilled cheese years.

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Beyond Your Horizons

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Over 35 years ago, Dale Beighle, a Baptist missionary who also happened to also be a veterinarian, recognized the need for animal health training where he was serving in South Africa. He began training a few men who met regularly under a tree, teaching them to use a microscope and a stethoscope, and other skills needed to work as veterinary technicians. The program grew over the years, became formalized, and developed into what is currently the Animal Health Technician program at NorthWest University in Mafikeng.

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Investing in Chickens

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Over the past two years, veterinarian Dr. Tom Schiefer and his wife, Diane, have made five trips to Guatemala in conjunction with Mission Community Church in Gilbert, AZ to work with 16 different villages in Western Guatemala. They were invited there by Global CHE Enterprises (GCE) to work in villages that had never had anyone teach them about animal husbandry. Their goal was to find out the communities’ major livestock needs and issues as well as help them to improve the quality of their animals.

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Living a Legacy

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The Guarani are Bolivia’s third largest indigenous group and the largest lowland group. The 13 Capitanias of the Guarani nation occupy the arid and unforgiving environment of the Chaco region of southeastern Bolivia. They are some of Bolivia’s poorest people and have suffered through war, slavery, and in recent years, terrible droughts.

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