We sat with our dear friend Hanhanmangue in Cavulucamue II, discussing for several hours how his community runs their farming operation. He’s been lamenting their agricultural woes to us over the last few months, and during our last trip, we had our colleague Brad Russ with us from Zambia. Brad is well-versed in Foundations for Farming, an amazing Biblical agriculture project that Overland Missions implements through its Sustain division.
“It has been incredible to join the team in Angola and minister the gospel to the Mucubal people. Most people don’t realize that you can share the gospel by teaching people about God through their farming. It’s no coincidence that Jesus used agricultural parables so often during His ministry and it always brings me great joy to do the same. Upon arriving, I quickly realized how easy it would be to implement new methods of farming that would bring people closer to the heart of God. There is such a misuse of the resources and a spirit of lack and poverty. Helping people realize all of the blessings God has already given them and how to be faithful stewards actually increases their capacity to understand the wisdom and knowledge of God. Jesus said “the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son does also”. Farming and agriculture are such a big part of the Mucubal people’s lives and it increases their faith to see that honoring God with everything they have produces amazing blessings in their lives and the lives of their entire community.” ~ Brad Russ
Brad asked and answered dozens of questions, to get a really thorough picture of the situation in Cavulucamue II. He then led a small Bible study focussed on creation and farming. Brad had some ideas to offer that day, but will later return to Zambia to brainstorm a wider strategy to implement in Cavulucamue II with the rest of the Sustain team. We’re thrilled for this new development, as bringing the Sustain element to our Mucubal friends will likely be a major game-changer in provision for them!