Twine for Swaziland By: Cindy Radler

As I was preparing to leave for my second mission trip to Swaziland, I started to think about what items I would buy; the need is so great, that I have difficulty deciding what to take!  At my local dollar store and on the bottom shelf is some red twine.  So, I buy it and don’t give it much thought after that.  But, God did! He knew it would bless the people of Swaziland and me!

Now it was time for me to pack my suitcases for my journey to Africa!  I had received some donations of work gloves and baseball caps, that I needed to take and items for the people working/living on Project Canaan that I needed to take, and of course my things!  There were a lot of items to fit into two suitcases that need to be no more than 50 lbs. each!  So I packed and weighed, unpacked and weighed!  I had to make some difficult choices on what to take and what to leave.  During this packing and unpacking, the red twine never entered my mind.  I didn’t think about that, but as God works in my life He rarely shows me what He is up to until He is ready!

I arrive in Swaziland to begin my amazing God filled mission!  On this particular day some of the group were going on a safari, and others had decided to spend the day working on Project Canaan.  I had decided to work on Project Canaan for the day so, I packed my backpack with a few items, not giving it much thought, (that will be important later in my story), looking forward to a day of work and fellowship on this beautiful land God blessed Heart For Africa with.  As people began to load the vans I got on the one going to Project Canaan, thinking there would be five or six of us going, but that wasn’t God’s plan!  As it turned out only two of us would be going, Leanne Wilkinson, an amazing woman from Canada and me.  During our drive to PC we talk about why we are here and our families back home.  Leanne tells me about the commitment to join the board at HFA and how she believes God is moving in her life.  I share with her my story of this past year, (a story in its self!).  We finally arrive at PC, excited to see what we will be doing that day!  We meet Antony, Pastor Mike, and a few of the other employees.  We introduce ourselves, thank God we are together and for the many blessings He gives us each day, this is the Swaziland way!   Antony shows Leanne and me some of the work that is being done on the gardens and what we will be helping with through-out our day.  This is where God steps in!  As we are all working in the garden Antony shows us the tomato plants and how they are using small recycled twine to tie up each plant to twigs to keep the plant from laying on the ground.  I go to my backpack and get the two of the twine that God had me bring and give it to them!  They say to me “how did you know to bring twine”, my response is “I didn’t, God had me bring it.”  As the day continues, one of the young woman we are working with has an up set stomach, once again I go to my backpack and get Tums and give it to her with instructions on how to use them.  Leanne says to me, “how did you know to bring Tums?” My response is, “I didn’t, God did.”  As the day continues, God provided a few more items from my backpack!

The twine came in to use at church 13 as well!  We used the twine to fashion a scarecrow and aluminum foil plates as a way to keep the birds away, hopefully this will help the crop grow and the children will receive the much needed nutritional vegetables that grow in the garden.  I am so thankful to God for using me to bring twine to Swaziland!

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Kula Project on Project Canaan By: Sarah Buchanan

At 6:50pm on November 1st, we board our flight, making the 17-hour journey to Johannesburg, South Africa. Before making the 6 hour trek to Swaziland, we spend a few days in Jo’burg visiting an orphanage that started a hydroponic garden.

Once we arrive at Project Canaan, it is time to get to work. Kula Project seeks to teach Swazis a method of farming that can overcome drought and poor soil in order to feed a starving nation. Being Farm One, we want to use this partnership with Heart for Africa as an opportunity to prove that our method to ending hunger and promoting nutrition is an appropriate, sustainable solution. A lot people are curious about our course of action, so this is a brief overview.

Bucket drip-irrigation and grow bags will be used for planting tomatoes, spinach, and cabbage. Of the 325 hundred bags, tomatoes will be planted in 125 bags, cabbage in 100 bags, and spinach in 100 bags. Each tomato bag will have 1 plant, each cabbage bag will have 2 plants, and each spinach bag will have 3 plants. That’s 625 plants!

Bucket drop irrigation is a “gravity-powered” feeding system using 5-gallon buckets and drip tape. We hang the bucket about 3 meters high, cut a small hole in the bottom, and insert the drip irrigation tubing. The nutrient water will then slowly drip directly onto the base of the plant, creating zero waste.

Anxiously awaiting departure, our countdown is well underway. Our support thus far has been incredible, and we’re truly blessed. Thank you to everyone that has given their support through donations, prayers, Facebook posts, and tweets. Y’all are awesome!

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