I Was Hungry Celebration!

I can remember their rich laughter as they attempted to teach me simple Shona words for morning and evening greetings. All thirty of the men and women, ages ranging from young teenagers to the elderly, would erupt in good-natured laughter after each of my brave but badly pronounced words. Then I couldn’t help but join in on the humor! I can remember the joy in their eyes as I listened to all they were learning from the Foundations for Farming team. These were people I was privileged to spend two weeks with. What an honor! My lifespan might have increased a week or two merely because of all the hearty laughter. My name is Benjamin Meeks and I am the …

Biblical Transformation

“I’ve had a bible my whole life, but never read it.” All this changed for one young man during our recent training with a community from Buhera. And the Bible continues to transform the minds and hearts of our trainees. A widow comically shared on how she didn’t go to church on Sunday. No, that was the day that she did her laundry. But after her husband had passed she was befriended by a lady who started to teach her how to farm. And now here she was at the end of her transformative two week IWH training. She confessed that on the first day when she was handed a Bible, her first thought was to sell it. But now …

Reaching the Unreached

The San people, from our last training, have a particularly unique history: The San people are a tribe of Africans who have lived nomadically within Southern Africa for many decades. With a population of around 2,500 in Zimbabwe, our group is located in the area of Tsholotsho close to the border of Botswana. Originally hunters and gatherers, this community has been faced with varying challenges in maintaining their livelihoods and integrating into the surrounding communities. For most, this training was a time filled with completely new experiences. It was the first time they had left their community; the first time they had traveled on a bus and the first time they had visited the capital city, Harare. They arrived with …