Teach A Man To Farm…….

You’ve heard the saying “Feed a man a fish and you’ve fed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ve fed him for life.” Well, this post is about a young couple teaching modern farming techniques in Tanzania. I hope you read this whole thing, then visit their blog and ask the Lord if you should help and what you can do to assist this work.

Last year I met a young man and his wife who have left their Georgia farm behind to move to Arusha, Tanzania in order to help the locals learn modern and efficient farming methods, while also taking the Good News (Gospel) of Jesus to those who are open to listen. He is not your typical missionary…he is a farmer who is spreading seed, both physical and spiritual, in a foreign land.

Arusha is a city in East Africa’s Tanzania, located at the base of volcanic Mt. Meru. It’s a gateway to safari destinations and to Africa’s highest peak, 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro, lying some 100 kilometers northeast. To the west lies Serengeti National Park, home to wildlife including lions, rhinoceros, giraffes and leopards. Annual migrations feature huge herds of wildebeests crossing its plains.

The Maynard’s have a blog called the Goat Girl Gazette.

Our church is supporting this Mission and I thought there may others out there who would want to join with the Maynard’s in this new approach.

Here is a little snippet from their Mid-Feb 2017 Mission Report.


This month we had our second calf born on the farm. We are happy to say it is another girl. Both she and Eve, born last month, are growing well. We are two for two with our new bull – healthy girls. We are still awaiting two more calves in the coming months.

Our personal goats, Moses and Zipporah, had twins this last week! We have a boy and a girl, Comet and Nanyori. The boy will be sold in a few weeks but the girl will remain with us. Her name comes from the Maasai and means “loved one”.

Today we finished planting around 7-71/2 acres with our new tractor. This is at least double what we were able to plant last year. It has been a guessing game for everyone in our area on when to plant. We pray, as do others, that we have not planted too early and the rains will begin. You may be tired of us asking, but please pray for rain and successful crops for everyone. We are offering up a huge praise – within hours of finishing planting rain has began. It is currently raining outside and we pray it continues.


We have a children’s seminar coming up this weekend. Please keep it in your prayers.

Anna and Susan have continued to follow-up with our new sisters in Christ that were baptized last month. We are happy to say Neema and Julianna are faithfully attending services and growing in Christ. Do keep Julianna in your prayers as she has been sick (typhoid) this week. This is a serious issue where we live due to unclean water.

They have also been following up with Sarah and Gladness who we reported last month were not allowed to attend services by their husbands. We are sorry to report that Sarah has left her husband and we do not have contact with her right now. Both of their husbands are drunkards and their lives are very difficult. They continue to visit and encourage Gladness every Thursday. We pray things change in her home. We are trying to get Bible studies set up with the husbands but at the moment they are not interested. The picture to the left we have included before. The two women in the middle are Gladness and Sarah. This was just after their baptisms.

Anna started a new study today with a lady named Stella. They will meet again on Monday, Lord willing. Let us keep this new study in our prayers.

Thank you for all of your prayers, encouragement, and love. We pray that the Kingdom continues to grow, not only here, but around the world.




Sum It Up!

While cleaning up today I ran across an old “Thought For The Day,” that used to be sent out via email by Alan Smith.  I liked it so much I thought I would share it.  If you like it let me know and I’ll send the info to sign up for it in the modern era.

Ole and Lena’s bull took sick and died, so they needed to go to the auction to buy a new one. Ole had to get the crops in and couldn’t leave the farm, so Lena took the train to the city to buy a bull. If she was successful, she would take the train back to the farm, then she and Ole would go to town with the truck to pick up their newly purchased bull.

The bidding was furious at the livestock auction, and Lena found herself bidding on the last remaining bull. It took everything she had but ten cents, but she was finally the successful bidder.

Unfortunately, the train home was fifty cents. “Please, Mr. Conductor, couldn’t you make an exception just once?” pleaded Lena. “Sorry lady, ” he replied, “but you can send your husband a telegram to tell him your problem. The office is just down the street. “

At the telegraph office, Lena asked, “Mister, how many words can I send to my husband for a dime?” “It’s ten cents a word, ” the clerk answered.

Lena pondered her dilemma, then finally said, “OK, here’s the message:

   COMFORTABLE ”   (Got it? No? Read it again,  )

Condensing a lengthy message into one word can be quite a challenge. How would you condense the message of the gospel into one word? Love? Grace? When the New Testament summarizes the preaching of the gospel, it does it in this way:

“Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this scripture, preached Jesus to him. ” (Acts 8:35).

Philip’ s message to the Ethiopian eunuch, summed up 1 n one word, was Jesus. No doubt, Philip had much to say on the subject. I’m sure he spoke of why Jesus came, what Jesus did for us, and what our response to Jesus needs to be. His message obviously even included a mention of baptism, since the eunuch was led to ask further about that.

But, if the essence of our teaching ever becomes anything other than a focus on Jesus, it is no longer the gospel. All that we say and do is of significance only as it relates to our Lord and our Savior.

Have a great day and a great weekend!

Alan Smith

Boone church of Christ

Boone, NC

50 OT Characters Whose Existence Archeology has Confirmed.

The following was shared by a friend of mine named David R Wickendon via FB. I have presented it here with his permission.

A few days ago when I asked what was the evidence that Scripture was inspired, a number of you answered that its historical reliability suggests inspiration. Courtesy of Biblical Archeological Review, here is a list of 50 OT characters whose existence archeology has confirmed. This doesn’t prove inspiration, but it does suggest reliability. (Note that I have offered 1 reference to each character, in many cases there are more.)


1 Shishak ( = Shoshenq I) pharaoh 945–924 1 Kings 11:40
2 So ( = Osorkon IV) pharaoh 730–715 2 Kings 17:4
3 Tirhakah ( = Taharqa) pharaoh 690–664 2 Kings 19:9
4 Necho II ( = Neco II) pharaoh 610–595 2 Chronicles 35:20
5 Hophra ( = Apries) pharaoh 589–570 Jeremiah 44:30


6 Mesha king early to mid-ninth century 2 Kings 3:4–27

7 Hadadezer king early ninth century to 844/842 1 Kings 11:23
8 Ben-hadad, son of Hadadezer king 844/842 2 Kings 6:24
9 Hazael king 844/842–c. 800 1 Kings 19:15
10 Ben-hadad, king early eighth century 2 Kings 13:3
11 Rezin king mid-eighth century to 732 2 Kings 15:37

Northern Kingdom of Israel

12 Omri king 884–873 1 Kings 16:16
13 Ahab king 873–852 1 Kings 16:28
14 Jehu king 842/841–815/814 1 Kings 19:16
15 Joash ( = Jehoash) king 805–790 2 Kings 13:9
16 Jeroboam II king 790–750/749 2 Kings 13:13
17 Menahem king 749–738 2 Kings 15:14
18 Pekah king 750(?)–732/731 2 Kings 15:25
19 Hoshea king 732/731–722 2 Kings 15:30
20 Sanballat “I” governor of Samaria under Persian rule c. mid-fifth century Nehemiah 2:10

Southern Kingdom of Judah

21 David king c. 1010–970 1 Samuel 16:13
22 Uzziah ( = Azariah) king 788/787–736/735 2 Kings 14:21
23 Ahaz ( = Jehoahaz) king 742/741–726 2 Kings 15:38
24 Hezekiah king 726–697/696 2 Kings 16:20
25 Manasseh king 697/696–642/641 2 Kings 20:21
26 Hilkiah high priest during Josiah’s reign 640/639–609 2 Kings 22:4
27 Shaphan scribe during Josiah’s reign 640/639–609 2 Kings 22:3
28 Azariah high priest during Josiah’s reign 640/639–609 1 Chronicles 5:39
29 Gemariah official during Jehoiakim’s reign 609–598 Jeremiah 36:10
30 Jehoiachin ( = Jeconiah = Coniah) king 598–597 2 Kings 24:6
31 Shelemiah father of Jehucal the royal official late seventh century Jeremiah 37:3
32 Jehucal ( = Jucal) official during Zedekiah’s reign 597–586 Jeremiah 37:3
33 Pashhur father of Gedaliah the royal official late seventh century Jeremiah 38:1
34 Gedaliah official during Zedekiah’s reign 597–586 Jeremiah 38:1


35 Tiglath-pileser III ( = Pul) king 744–727 2 Kings 15:19
36 Shalmaneser V king 726–722 2 Kings 17:3
37 Sargon II king 721–705 Isaiah 20:1
38 Sennacherib king 704–681 2 Kings 18:13
39 Adrammelech ( = Ardamullissu = Arad-mullissu) son and assassin of Sennacherib early seventh century 2 Kings 19:37
40 Esarhaddon king 680–6692 Kings 19:37


41 Merodach-baladan II king 721–710 and 703 2 Kings 20:12
42 Nebuchadnezzar II king 604–562 2 Kings 24:1
43 Nebo-sarsekim official of Nebuchadnezzar II early sixth century
Jeremiah 39:3
44 Evil-merodach ( = Awel Marduk = Amel Marduk) king 561–560 2 Kings 25:27
45 Belshazzar son and co-regent of Nabonidus 543?–540 Daniel 5:1


46 Cyrus II ( = Cyrus the Great) king 559–530 2 Chronicles 36:22
47 Darius I ( = Darius the Great) king 520–486 Ezra 4:5
48 Xerxes I ( = Ahasuerus) king 486–465 Esther 1:1
49 Artaxerxes I Longimanus king 465-425/424 Ezra 4:7
50 Darius II Nothus king 425/424-405/404 Nehemiah 12:22


My Personal Cre…

My Personal Creed

Even when negative things are happening around me that would make me sad-hearted or even depressed or despairing, I will remind myself of all the good and positive things in my life that bring me joy.

Even as my mind and body age, when pain and forgetfulness become part of my daily routine, I will not allow these natural processes to make me resentful or bitter, but will remind myself this is the price I must pay for being born into this world. I will remind myself of all the good days that I do feel well and will be thankful for all that life brings.

When I am poignantly aware of all the negatives of life, I will not give-in to self-pity, or negative feelings of regret, but will see my expanding waistline and graying hair as symbols of a long life, knowing that the only alternative is to die young. I will take stock of the things I have learned and my capacity and desire to continue to learn new things. I am determined to live my life with confidence in spite of the indifference I may encounter and will marvel at how my viewpoint continues to evolve and my understanding broadens.

I will remain cheerful and hopeful in spite of evidence to the contrary.

I will remain enthusiastic about life and maintain a positive attitude, even when things displease me and don’t go the way I would like.

I will continue efforts to remain connected to others, even when neighbors move away, relationships wane, or when those dear to me die. Life is what we make of it, so I will endeavor to continue to put forth effort to maintain contact with family and friends and to be always open to the possibility of making new friends.

I will give mercy and forgiveness to others and to myself, making peace with the failures and mistakes of my past.

I will maintain a meditation practice with the goal of becoming more mindful, more aware, more enlightened, and more awakened to all that is good in my life.

I will be loving and patient with everyone I encounter and also with myself.

Randy Shelby
February 18, 2014

Those who know me well and have known me for a long time know that I really liked Zig Ziglar’s outlook on life.  He was one of the most positive upbeat persons I’ve ever known of. 

A little side note:  I met him in person many years ago and had about a five (5) minute one-on-one conversation with him.  This is one of the high-lights of my life incidentally.

Anyway, today I received a document from a good friend and co-worker and found it to be something I should adopt in my own life.  It is his Personal Creed.  He said he will start reviewing this each day.

I asked for and received permission to quote him and to adapt this to my own life.  His “Personal Creed” is posted above. Then I realized it may be something you want to do.  I plan on printing this and posting it right above my monitor where I will see it each day.

Perception vs Reality

No — that’s what you THINK you have done. But SOMETHING must be different. This happens to all of us and the first step in becoming a successful debugger is to accept the reality “when the set of assumptions I know to be true leads to a contradiction then (at least) one of the things I know to be true isn’t true”.

Stumped programmers used to bring their “impossible” problems to my desk all the time. The HARD part is breaking the mindset that blinds us to what is going on.

I ran across this little quote from a developer.  His reply was in response to a guy saying “I’ve entered everything correctly yet it still doesn’t work!”

This is a good rule to apply in life.  I have found this principle to especially be true in studying what most Christians believe is the Inspired Word of God, a/k/a Holy Bible.

If something you have long believed to be true doesn’t align with scripture then it apparently that which you hold to be true…isn’t.

City On A Hill–by Casting Crowns

Did you hear of the city on the hill?
Said one old man to the other
It once shined bright and it would be shining still
But they all started turning on each other

You see, the poets thought the dancers were shallow
And the soldiers thought the poets were weak
And the elders saw the young ones as foolish
And the rich man never heard the poor man speak

And one by one, they ran away
With their made up minds, to leave it all behind
And the light began to fade, in the city on the hill
The city on the hill

Each one thought that they knew better
That they were different by design
Instead of standing strong together
They let their differences divide

And one by one, they ran away
With their made up minds, to leave it all behind
And the light began to fade, in the city on the hill
The city on the hill

And the world is searching still
But it was the rhythm of the dancers 
That gave the poets life
It was the spirit of the poets
That gave the soldiers strength to fight
It was the fire of the young ones
It was the wisdom of the old
It was the story of the poor man

That needed to be told
It is the rhythm of the dancers
That gives the poets life
It is the spirit of the poets
That gives the soldiers strength to fight
It is the fire of the young ones
It is the wisdom of the old
It is the story of the poor man

That’s needing to be told
One by one, we’ll be running away
With our made up minds to leave it all behind
As the light begins to fade, in the city on the hill
The city on the hill

One by one, we’ll be running away
With our made up minds, to leave it all behind
As the light begins to fade, in the city on the hill
The city on the hill

Come home
And the Father’s calling still
Come home
To the city on the hill
Come home



Ignoring the Warning Signs

This is what happens when you ignore the warning signs!

Bandage from Cancer Surgery


Yes…that is me with a huge bandage on the side of my face.  That bandage resulted from surgery to remove basal cell carcinoma back in May.  It was supposed to be a minor procedure that turned into a long incision requiring 20 stitches to close!  Hmmmm…if only I had not ignored the warning signs for so long it may have been a much less intrusive procedure.

It turns out the surgeon got it all and several months later he says I am still good!

This made me start thinking about life….

Remember the floods we had here earlier this year and the “Road Closed” signs everywhere?  Yet, some drivers ignored them.

Now even more recently hurricane Irene on the east coast?  Yet, again some persons ignored the warnings and some even paid for it with their life!

You know where I am going with this don’t you….

We have been privileged to receive all kinds of warnings about the dangers of sin in a book called the Bible.  For those of us who have entered into a covenant relationship with Jesus, we also have Holy Spirit to assist us on our journey and will sometimes ignore His promptings.

If you are in a relationship with Him, don’t ignore His promptings…rather “listen” for them.

If you are not in a relationship with Jesus, please don’t delay.  Basal Cell Carcinoma is potentially a killer…a good friend of mine died as a result of letting his go too long.  Please don’t wait about doing something with your spiritual life….there comes a time in life when it is too late.

If you wish to know more, just ask!

In His loving grip of truly amazing grace,