Helping out on the farm while in “lockdown”

We have been officially in “lockdown” in South Africa for 2 weeks now and look to another 3 weeks, meaning we are not to step foot outside of our yards except for going for groceries or medication.  Not even for jogging down our own road or walking our dogs.  All non-essential businesses and stores have been shut down.    We are so thankful to be living on a 25 acre farm, 4 households in total; our farm owner/buddies Lynn & Gary, the farm manager Zweli and his family of 4, our son Sam and his family of 4, and the 2 of us.  We have plenty of room to run and play, as do, thankfully, the 11 dogs, 4 cats, and 2 horses.  The 3 guys who normally come to work on the farm daily are hunkered down in their own homes off the farm, so there is plenty of opportunity to pitch in and help with the farm work.  Last week and again this week to come we will be picking macadamias.  Roy is busy keeping up with a lot of the normal work, including watering, which recently entailed repairing broken irrigation pipe fittings.

Helping to harvest the Brackleys’ macadamias

the first bit of coffee – we barely have enough good beans to make one cup of coffee

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As Covenant missionaries, we are working with all the tribal groups of the Central African Republic (CAR) but are trying to give special attention to the Fulani, a Musxlim, cattle herding, and semi-nomadic people group. We live on an experimental/training farm, near a mission station which has a hospital plus bible and nursing schools. We are establishing relationships with the local people groups through compassion ministries; Roy through agriculture and Aleta through public health and visitation, in order, ultimately, to share the good news of Jesus the Messiah with them. CAR is one of the least developed countries in the world and is currently in continual crisis (since the coup in March 2013), so reaching out in compassion is key to reaching their hearts. Due to the ongoing conflict and resultant ethnic cleansing in CAR, we are crossing the border to interact with our Fulani contacts.
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