Boredom: One of Childhood’s Greatest Gifts
By Michele Howe
I was in the car running what felt like a zillion errands and couldn’t wait to get home, unload the groceries, packages, and whatever else, when I heard a radio host ask his interviewee what he felt was the greatest gift of childhood.
To my surprise, ...
By Lisa Buffaloe
We want to borrow grace. We agonize over what others face, taking on their sufferings, imagining how we would feel in their situation. Sympathy and empathy are very important. However if we don’t follow God’s way, even if our intentions are good and honorable, we can find ...
And the God of all grace…will himself restore you…”
By Bill Perry
1 Peter 5:10
God of all grace
Grace… Think for just a minute on that. You probably know how it feels when someone has shown you grace or been gracious to you for absolutely no reason other than they wanted to do so. ...
Just the Way Families Are
By Jody Neufeld
I have been mulling today. For good or not, Facebook gives a glimpse into people’s lives. And today I was pondering how raising children has changed but still stays the same.
I think the biggest change from my parents’ generation is the decrease in corporal ...
Sunday Collectives 9/08/14 – 9/14/14
The storms of life
By Jessica Dixon
Throughout the storms of life we forget who is in charge, whom has the solution before we have the problem, who knew that this storm was coming and has already given us the strength we need to survive it…
Don’t you see the creator of ...
Relating Through Grace
By Pastor Patrick Badstibner
How do we relate to others through grace? Paul gives us a great lesson in this in Galatians 6:1-5
Paul spends the first two thirds of his letter telling his readers that we cannot achieve God’s pleasure, favor or approval through keeping any kind of law. ...
God's Mystery Plan
This video is a brief look at Ephesians Three which explains the mystery of God's eternal plan for man. In thirteen short verses, Paul provides, the reader, a preface, description, presentation, purpose and his participation in God's plan. The remaining seven verses contain Paul's prayer. The mystery is ...
Service-Learning is a way of learning how to serve others. What makes it different from other kinds of learning is that in SL we learn while serving. The SL works with interns as well as the local community; often people in need. Service-Learning in the community wants to give hope to the hopeless. The only way of doing this is to change challenges into opportunities.
SL in the community of Beni has some projects which fight against poverty, as it is a case for goats’ project. This project consisted of distributing goats to five deferent associations operating in Beni town and neighboring villages: Cantine, Kabasha, and Oicha. The project was financed by a church, Upper Room, in Minnesota (USA). It targeted vulnerable women. They chose women because in Africa, especially in Congo, women are the main providers in their families.
The goats’ project is very strategic. It combines breeding and agriculture. These women learned new skills at seminar during the launch of the project. They use goats’ manure for fertilizer in their gardens. They have gardens where they plant: leek, eggplant, soy beans, and other vegetables. Some women are subsistence farmers, while others farm and sell their produce as a small business. For example, the women from the group in Oicha (30 km away from Beni), earned $100 after selling eggplant crop.
What the women like the most about this project is that several women will benefit from it. In fact, the goat project started by giving five to ten goats to a group (depending on the number of women in the group). The first recipient raises a goat until it births a kid. The kid is given to another woman then the first recipient holds ownership of the goat. Though, some groups are impatient to give each member of their association a goat. However, some groups are feeling impatient. For each woman to receive her goat will take a long period of time.
The group from kabasha (14 km away from Beni town) decided to buy two more goats. Each member contributed a small amount of money to purchase the goats. This helped multiply their efforts. However, these women still need to work hard to make their dreams come true. Each member is eagerly waiting for a goat and do not know the precise date they will get it. A few goats died of unknown diseases; therefore, they think that they still need to learn more about raising goats.
Even so Service-Learning is still looking forward to finding clear connection to this project.