December, that time of the year when we like to look back and reflect, or try to find a moment of peace to attempt reflection anyway. Some of the trends in our life this year are easy to spot, like the shift that has taken place in our ministry/work.
Our focus has shifted from simply caring for orphaned children to creating a sustainable system for orphan-care. A system that incorporates our philosophy of providing family, opportunities for a good child hood, education, and creating caring members of society. We have gone through many ideas on how to generate income so as to reduce our dependence on the need for donations from abroad, and there really is only one way for us. Agriculture.
Farming will not only help us feed the children but generate income as well. We will be growing vegetables, fruits, and raising animals for milk, eggs, and meat. A major shift from dispensing aid to those in need. Now we will grow some of that food we give away.
This farming project will also teach vital skills to the children, and hopefully inspire them to help change a little part of the world's food supply.
A shift. A shift in a more sustaniable direction. We will still need finiacial help, but instead of spending that money on food we can spend it on other things like school.
A shift to a permanent location. The Shire is not moving.
A shift from only consuming food to producing food.
A shift from town to a rural farming community.
A shift to more space.
A shift that will help enable us to impact even more children.