CMS-Africa is committed to promoting the cause of wholistic ministry that is undergirded by a biblical worldview and renewed mindsets. We then teach the application of a biblical worldview in the different sectors of society and facets of human life e.g. business and commerce, education and science, art and media, music, environment and agriculture, politics, etc.
The Objectives ofCare of Creation Programme it is to teach the knowledge and especially the application of a biblical worldview in the sector of stewardship of (natural) creation (i.e. nature, the environment and all related matter like agriculture.
In the recent past, CMS-Africa through this program has facilitated the training in environmental stewardship by working closely with Care of Creation Kenya (CCK) a registered NGO in Kenya.
CCK have provided trainers, and trained some of our champions, contacts and resource people in the biblical principles of environmental stewardship and how they can be applied to meet daily human needs and leave the world a much better place.
a) We have had Care of Creation Kenya train alongside our VC in Rokon diocese of South Sudan.
b) Care of Creation Kenya trained in Machakos and Makueni dioceses as part of the ABD (anaerobic bio-digesters that produce biogas) project.
c) We have taken two SSA facilitators and a key contact to be trained as CCK trainers- one because a CCK trainer and later on mentored another individual as a co-trainer. Together, they have trained farmers and churches in Nairobi, Embu, Mwea, Makueni and Nakuru. (CMS-Africa seeks to have CCK train more of its contacts to be resource people in care of creation).
a) Care of Creation has managed to grow into a major rallying platform for environmental stewardship.
b) We supported the publishing of books by CCK that are available for training and discipleship.
· The strategic role for CMS-Africa is developing trainers, and would work with CCK to get more resource people who would be available to the churches and communities across Africa and beyond. We facilitate training for farming communities or churches in rural areas, generally.
a. Part of my goals is to embark on the process to become a trainer available to CCK and CMS-Africa.
b. Follow-up trips to Makueni, Nairobi and Embu of training conducted by Lucy Muchiri and Frederick Chege
Nobody understands Farming God’s Way better than Fredrick Chege, a former night guard at local Kenyatta University and a farmer in Kahawa Sukari, a sprawling suburb in the outskirts of Nairobi city.
We arrive at Chege’s farm and couldn’t help but admire the green and lush environment around his farm. Many of his neighbours are also small-scale farmers, while others are business people dealing in agricultural produce.
Chege’s farm is distinct from his neighbours’. A closer look reveals that his crops are quite outstanding– not in type, but in crop health, nutrition and yield. In one acre of land, Chege says he harvests about 60 bags of maize – and this year alone, he is aiming for a another bumper harvest. That is not all, he also harvests spinach, tomatoes, onions, sugar-cane and many crops. His wife Fresia Wangari harvested sweet potatoes to give to the visitors, thanks to the African spirit of giving that is still alive.
As he shares his story, it becomes clear that this farmer has learnt some secrets that has amazed even his neighbours, particularly a young man who went to study in the USA and came back to Kenya with great zeal to farm. When he saw Chege’s good crop, he asked, “What is your secret, sir?”
“The young man’s farm is just across the river,” said Chege, pointing at a small plot of a fairly wilted maize, sugar cane and assorted vegetables. “I told the young man that I have two secrets: never till your land and lay a heavy blanket of mulch around all your crops. That way, all the soil nutrients that get affected by the sun when the land is ploughed are retained. The mulch is ‘God’s blanket’ – a layer to make the soil retain moisture for a very long period of time, effectively and almost completely hinders the growth of weeds,”
It is amazing that it hadn’t rained for nearly two months in the area, but Chege’s crops looked healthier and greener compared to those in the nearby surroundings, we observed. This is further testimony to the effect of mulching on the crops and on the land.
According to Care of Creation Kenya (CCK), an organisation that promotes these farming methods, Farming God’s Way teaches a biblical perspective on farming that connects the Christian faith with the most common vocation on the continent- agriculture.
Based on proven techniques of conservation agriculture, this is a programme originally developed in Zimbabwe that uses scientifically sound, no-till agricultural techniques combined with strong biblical teaching to radically transform farming practices and bring hope to farmers. The poorest of the poor who have access to land are getting empowered to meet household needs and develop their communities.
“In many areas, Farming God’s Way has produced dramatic increases in yield. The beauty of this technique is that it protects and improves the productivity of the land at the same time, reducing the need for chemical fertilizer or pesticide application,” says Craig Sorely, the organisation’s founder and Director.
After almost giving up with many years of hard labour and farming with low yields and poor returns, Chege was introduced to Farming God’s Way by Rev. Fredrick Kibaki and his wife, Lucy. Both are Anglican Church clergy and Samaritan Strategy trainers, and work closely with CMS Africa and Care of Creation. The two families are now so close and have become trainers in this new technology. They have conducted several training events in many rural areas outside Nairobi and some parts of central, Kenya including Nakuru, Mwea and Nthongoni in Makeuni District.
Full Farming In Gods Way Plot
The images below were taken on the 1st of April on the tail end of a bad drought (a 6 month stretch of almost no rain!). They highlight the dramatic difference FGW can make. The short corn is a field farmed under conventional "bare soil" methods, where the ground is routinely ploughed. The taller corn is a field which has been managed under principles of FGW for the past 4 years, where soil has been nurtured, protected by mulch, restored with organic matter, etc. Both plots, separated only by a metre, were planted on the same day with the same seed and received the same amount of inputs along with some brief showers in early December 2014. We believe God is calling farmers all across Africa to glorify Him and to love their neighbour by becoming excellent stewards of the land he has entrusted to their care.