I must say, it is nice to be home. As you may know, Martha and I are fresh off a four week traveling adventure throughout the midwest. We thoroughly enjoyed the time we had making new friends and re-connecting with old ones, but there is something comforting about being home. As we have been settling in and doing lots of laundry, I have been doing some reflecting on our travels. I won’t bore you with all of my thoughts, but I wanted to share something I learned while Martha and I were visiting her grandfather’s farm in southwestern Iowa.
I learned that farmers have a lot of faith. Don’t worry, this was not the first time I had this realization, it just stuck for some reason on this trip.
It was fun being with Martha’s family as they told stories about farm life. As a city kid, I find the farm a foreign but intriguing place. The open spaces just scream adventure to me. I heard that as a farmer you have to be diligent and hard working, but at the end of the day there are some things you can’t control. How much rain and sun come at any given time is not up to you. You are forced to focus on the work you can accomplish and give the rest to God. What an awesome life lesson.
As our discussion about farm life continued, I couldn’t help but think of the farmers we’ve met in Haiti and the kind of faith they too must possess. They also are hard working and diligent but in a similar way there are things in their life that cannot be controlled. I mulled on this for a bit, and then thought about how honored I am to be a part of an organization that walks alongside farmers in Haiti.
As an organization we try to partner with farmers to achieve success in the areas they can control, while encouraging them along the way when they face challenges in areas of life they cannot control. What does this look like? In southwestern Haiti World Concern operates an agricultural training center where we teach area farmers about developing a quality seed and increasing yield. At another community in the south, we helped rebuild a water canal which now provides steady irrigation to local farmers. Our desire is to provide the resources and encouragement individuals and communities need to thrive, both physically and spiritually.
As you may know, Martha and I have recently made the decision to quit our day jobs and focus on preparing for service in Haiti full time. So this lesson of faith made me think about our brothers and sisters in Haiti but also about this season of life we find ourselves in. There are certain things Martha and I can be doing now that will prepare us well for our time in Haiti. However, there are some things that are simply out of our hands! We have to trust that God is in control and that He will provide for all our needs. Haiti is such a beautiful place with so much going for it. We see lots of potential for growth and lasting change, and we can’t wait to return.