First off, the entire program is in Jula. This fact alone allows many men whom God has called to study his word even when they don't have much formal education. Most of the students are married and it is a requirement that the students' families accompany them for training from November thru end of April each year. This allows many of the wives who don't know how to read or write to become literate and study God's word as they prepare for their role as pastors wives. Another great thing is that this program includes teaching, training and hands-on work in agriculture.
As with any project, there are important factors that must be in place for seeing any success. Some type of enclosure is a must, and then of course a reliable water source. Both things seem simple at first glance, but here in Burkina, often those two factors are enough to keep a project from helping a pastor and his family. Check out ways to get involved at Light Up Burkina.
We are excited to see how the two different drip systems will work for these student pastors and what kind of feedback we get along the way. A great question to ask is, "why won't this work"? We are confident that by working together and putting their agricultural hands-on knowledge to use we can help find solutions to some of the hardships these families face as they seek to spread the gospel.
And this leads to my second thought, Jesus. Just, Jesus. When we truly see what we have earned (death), it makes the reality of the finished work of our God and Savior that much more precious.
All for His Glory,