The Lord has chosen to bless this project beyond our wildest dreams. We believed providing an education would provide the church with young people equipped to be leaders for the next generation. What we didn't anticipate was how God would use these kids. Early on in the project one of our young teenagers named Tafadzwa was stricken with a terrible cancer and died in just a few short weeks. His father summoned Pastor Noah who is the local leader of the Noah's Farm Project in Zimbabwe. Pastor Noah didn't know what to expect from a father who had just lost his son who had been so active in school and church as the project requires. When the two men met Tafadzwa's father explained how happy he was. This statement from one who had just lost a son took Pastor Noah by surprise. He went on to explain that he saw how happy his son was now that someone was paying for his education as well as how much his son enjoyed being an active part of the church. So in return the father who "happened" to be the Chief of a small local tribe told Pastor Noah he could use some of their land. Permission was granted to start church services under a large tree.
A revival was held and within weeks the average Sunday attendance was over 100! In memory of the young man the church was named Tafadzwa.
water well with water tower
During this time one of the other young men in the Noah's Farm Project named Khulani was in his 3rd year of college. The custom in Zimbabwe during their Junior year is to do an Attachment. Basically it is an "on the job" training program. However with unemployment at approx. 80% it is very difficult to get an Attachment in your area of study. But we serve a God who is way ahead of our thoughts or ideas. God placed Khulani in a government office that is responsible for rural development. While Khulani was there he learned about a little known government program. Effectively if an organization presents a detailed plan for land use and it is approved the gov't leases to them the required amount of land for the project at the rate of $1 per month for 99 years.
Khulani was a helper at the Tafadzwa Church and knew their needs. Because he worked in the office he knew the land areas that were available. It just "happened" to be that land neighboring the temporary Tafadzwa Church was available under this gov't guidelines. So along with Pastor Noah they drew up the plans for a permanent location. Since enough land was available for a church and a neighboring farm the plans were expanded to include a farm that would provide food and jobs for the church people plus the profits would help pay for the children's school fees!
With the lease all signed and owned by the church they are ready to build a permanent church building and a neighboring farm. For the church we primarily need bags of cement and funds to build a fence. The congregation can make the bricks. We call the project Noah's Farm using not only Pastor Noah's first name but it also reminds us of the animals on Noah's Ark we need to stock the farm.
We hope you will like to help by purchasing a chicken or goat or maybe even a cow. Thank you for helping Noah's Farm.