Written by Pastor Eric Mwambelo, one of our WOW partners in Zambia. His reflection on the dedication of Rob’s Farm taking place Saturday June 4th, 2016.
The GBV counselling team, Jim and Kathy Cantelon, and a few other WOW staff will be present at the dedication.
I could see what Rob’s Farm would look like long before my feet stepped on the dry and weed covered ground we would purchase. It has taken a lot of dreaming, planning, labour and prayers to bring the vision to life.
Standing here on the threshold of the dedication of the farm I am deeply moved; not only by all that God has done but by all He will continue to do. The mission of the farm is to breathe in rhythm with God’s own heartbeat – “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27
Not only are the poor and desperate already learning the love of Christ through the opportunity of working at the farm, the profits from the sale of eggs, honey, vegetables, fruit from our citrus trees, village chickens, turkeys and rabbits will go directly into ministering to widows, orphans and the needy in our communities, supplementing our donor funding.
People have often laughed at my dreams. Who would have thought that a few egg laying hens could bring peace to the heart of a mother worried about school fees for her children? How could a small field of vegetables provide enough when so many are in need? Trusting that God would use what little we could offer, like the five loaves and two fish in Matthew 14, I have watched blessings multiply.
Every time we offer a warm blanket to another orphan sleeping on the cold dirt, or a bag of maize to a hungry family, the dream expands.
Speaking of expansion, my dreams continue. I can clearly see a quiet place for prayer retreats and camps; beginning with a small prayer chapel, simply furnished with a bed, desk and chair. Pastors and other prayer warriors will have space to seek God’s face and all will benefit from the prayers ascending.
Call me crazy, if you will, but I envision more still. Close your eyes and look with me – simple style chalets, an outdoor kitchen and a fellowship area to house missionaries; those passing through or others who are staying longer. We want to welcome them with affordable accommodations and a true African feel.
As we gather to dedicate this work to the Lord, my spirit leaps with excitement to watch what He will do next. All to the glory of His name.
Please pray for the dedication of Rob’s Farm:
- Pray for for everyone involved in the dedication on Saturday. Pray for a time of joy, worship, and hope for community members as they reflect on the impact of the farm and envision all that it will be in the future.
- Lift up prayers of thanksgiving and praise for all God has done and will do through the farm.
- Pray for Pastor Eric and his team as they continue to minister through the farm, and provide livelihoods for families in surrounding communities.
- Pray for the practical needs of the farm: Electricity (hydro or solar), access road from the highway to the farm, and a fence
- Praise God for orphans, widows, mothers, and entire households who are benefiting from the farm through employment and food.
- Pray for positive impact of the farm to spread to more people, and for growth in farming ventures that can provide new forms of employment (currently there is chicken laying, bee-keeping, maize and soya bean crops)
- Pray for Jim and Kathy Cantelon who are in Zambia for the dedication. This is an especially significant and moving event for them. Rob’s Farm is named in memory of their son-in-law who passed away serving in Zambia in 2011.