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#PRAY127 05.04.20

Thank you once again for checking in on today’s #PRAY127 challenge – your faithfulness in praying is making an impact. I often wonder what goes on in the heavenlies when we pray, but I have come to accept that the process of how is not as important as the end result promised when we obey. It took me a long time to not just intellectually understand this, but believe it with my full heart. In fact, I’m not sure I’m there yet!

For guys like Godfrey – this week’s recipient of our prayers – prayer is often the only thing available to him. Godfrey lives in rural eastern Uganda and participated in our Authentic Masculinity Program (AMP) in 2018-2019. He soaked in the truths of God’s Word layered into the curriculum and was faithful to come to every meeting. He received a loan from us – this loan was equivalent to about 1/3 of his usual salary – and he made sure to make the most of it.

In rural Africa, subsistence is nearly 100% dependent upon personal crops and harvests. While many have other jobs, farming is a way of life. Everyone farms to a certain degree or another. Land has been passed down from generation to generation and it is an unspoken rule that you farm. If you don’t, you go to the city to find work.

One of the issues in the villages, says our AMP Coordinator Geofrey, is laziness (his words, not ours.) The typical man with a “garden” (they don’t call them fields or crops, really, but gardens) will work from maybe 8:00 am – 10:00 am or so in his garden, then head to the town to, according to Geofery, “gossip.” He’ll go home for lunch around 1:00 pm, rest, and then back to the town until the sun has long gone down.

This is the mindset of most of the men in the village.

AMP is changing this mindset. Godfrey took the loan he received and embraced one of the concepts in the curriculum – Man as Worker – and worked his garden diligently. According to Geofrey, he now stands to make some “serious money.” According to Geofrey, Godfrey “can never, never remain the same after this harvest.” This is what a biblical mindset can do for a man – Godfrey has changed the trajectory of his family forever with this one harvest! Praise God!

Please check out this video (less than a minute) of Godfrey and the villagers harvesting his rice crops.

Indeed, if all goes as predicted, Godfrey stands to make 6-8 times as much money on his garden as he did last year! (Imagine taking your current salary x 6!)

In the past few weeks, we as a staff have been praying for Godfrey’s garden, that God would spare any major damage from hail or flooding. As I said earlier, prayer is the only available tool to him. We’re grateful that God has allowed him to start harvesting.

Today, will you join us in praying for Godfrey as he looks to harvest the rest of his crops? He’s not alone, of course, but represents dozens of other men who have been through AMP. Stewarding the resources God has given him will enable Godfrey to steward his family as well. This creates a path for Less Orphans, More Families in the world, and we believe that’s the mission God has given us.

Thanks for praying!

Jeff Ford, CEO
Isaiah 1:17

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