We spent today planting Mango trees alongside residents in Leveque. These will provide a source of fresh nutrients and even potential income for the community for years to come, in a nation that is sorely lacking in trees.
For a gardening loving person like me, I expected to enjoy it—and I did—but planting 32 trees into rocky soil under 95 degree sunshine was quite a task. It was worth it, though, because of the relationships we got to build with the homeowners. We would dig the hole and put the tree in it, and the homeowner would add water and then we would fill in the rest of the hole. When we were done, we would pray with the homeowner over every tree we planted.
Our devotion this morning was about being thankful in every circumstance. God knew exactly what we needed to read before heading out for a hard days work. He is ahead of us everywhere we go and we were blessed today.
Tomorrow we will go back to Leveque, do home visits and pray with people. We are thankful that a good night sleep comes easy after a hard day of work.
“For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8