April 2012 Newsletter
by Rev. Vernon Giesbrecht
Dear friend of Double Harvest, it’s good to periodically review who you are.
Our Mission – The mission of Double Harvest, as its name implies, is twofold. We seek to establish and develop agricultural projects in developing countries by providing capital resources and implementing best practices to increase food production and to build the local economy. Also, being followers of Jesus Christ, we are guided by His example and the principles outlined in the Bible, and therefore support and implement ministries that reflect our deep concern for the physical and spiritual needs of people. We embrace the answer that Jesus gave to Satan at His temptation: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God!”
Our Practice – In poor countries, updated and sustainable farming techniques in the vast rural areas remain underdeveloped or non-existent. To live people must eat. However, produce is usually imported at grossly inflated prices, leaving the majority of the population to rely on what little they can purchase or grow themselves. The result? A repeat of the poverty cycle, a day-to-day existence, malnutrition, hopelessness, all affecting the health, education, morale and economy of the country. Using a Business as Mission model, our projects in Haiti, Ethiopia and South Sudan are committed to reversing these debilitating trends. With close guidance by board members of a trained national staff, major grains and vegetables, and production from accompanying projects such as reforestation trees, a fishery and a chicken-egg project find their way into the local economy at reasonable prices.
Our Ministry – At the same time, sensing our responsibility to the struggling, surrounding community in the countries in which we work, we supply clean drinking water, build homes, and provide food and clothing. In Haiti, our modern Medical-Surgical Clinic offers daily care to over 200 patients, while surgery teams conduct up to 100 life-saving procedures during a week’s visit. Our school provides an excellent Christian education for 500 students, Pre-School – Grade 13, all from local villages. However, this work – business, social, and compassion – would have little ultimate value if it were not infused with spiritual ministry. With so much need, we offer our help in the name of Jesus and trust Him to multiply it. But we also ensure that the gospel – a renewed personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus – is clearly presented as the key to life-transformation. Change a heart, change a person, change a world-view, change a community, change a country! Thus daily devotional times occur with our workers, patients and students. Hard work and integrity are modeled. Prayer is offered to anxious patients. Pastors, churches and their outreach into the community are supported.
In Sowing Seeds of Life, our goal is indeed a “Double Harvest”! Thank you for your trust and support of this ministry.