My stay in the country of Lesotho ended as quickly as it started. My team was there for about 5 weeks total, 2 of which we’re spent on a homestay with community members. For the majority of our stay in Lesotho, we lived on a mission base in the town of Maphutseng. This base is also home to a wonderful organization that teaches an agricultural principle called Farming God’s Way. This is a practice that uses no plowing to prevent soil erosion and helps to maintain the quality of soil. Lesotho was once the breadbasket of Southern Africa in terms of crop yield until the plow was introduced.
In a country where soil erosion has decimated the naturally rich soil, God still shows us how He produces in abundance. When farmers practice Farming God’s Way, they use the land God provides to it’s full potential and trust that he will provide.
Similar to our own lives, it’s silly to believe we can do this all on our own. Before leaving the base, we focused on the gospel of John during our morning devotions. John 15:4-5 talks about the vine and the branches to highlight the importance of including God in all of life’s practices.
4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
I have to be honest, farming isn’t a strong suit of mine. The days we helped turn the compost pile were the times I felt most out of my element. In the midst of learning how to be a farmer, God showed me we were there to do much more than get our hands dirty Farming God’s Way.
My team had the opportunity to live on base in fellowship with the wonderful staff and students of the organization. Aside from helping in the fields, life on the base looked a bit different everyday… Whether it was helping in the kitchen, playing overly competitive pickup volleyball games, painting classrooms at the nearby high school or simply sitting around the fire with the staff/students roasting maize.
Even though Lesotho taught me I don’t have a heart for farming, my overall trip has further validated I do have a big heart for serving God. This experience has shown me how to remain in faith and trust in God’s way. Similar to the way crop yield improves once plows are taken out of the equation and the methods are left the way God intended, that is how God call us to live.
Colossians 3:17 says “and whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord.”