Three weeks ago we made two visits to the mountain top to see the new Wesleyan property at Délice.
|Fireplace at the coffee plantation ruins|
Some of you may have wondered why we would take another hard, 2.5 hour ride up the mountain when we had just visited with a couple of the national church leaders to advise about the use of the land they want to develop into an agricultural project.
On the top of the mountain the Lord expanded our ministry goals and dreams.
In the last three weeks we've received the needed approvals to start preparing to move to the top of the mountain to start a new ministry base for the Wesleyan Church.
Once we arrived home Cory found the 2014 open letter to the churches from Pastor Doucet describing the dream for the land above Cabaret: a farm to produce vegetables and livestock; a school of agriculture; a health center; and other community development projects.
|View of Artibonite valley|
|Land near the plantation ruins|
The area is called Delice, which translates to "Delight".
Cory feels it holds great potential for fruit trees and vegetables, as well as improved livestock forage and firewood trees.
A missionary couple in the area running an independent ministry greeted our suggestion of being neighbors positively.
They recently held a clinic and saw 600 children with protein malnutrition.
We will be praying, researching, and planning in the weeks to come..both how to leave Frauche well and about building a house, moving, what can grow at the elevation we are moving to and more.
No time line at this point... but a lot already happened in just three weeks.
All needed approvals for the move occurred in just two weeks.
We started thinking about the floor plan for a house and developing some plans on how we can minister in the area-agriculurally and medically.
The nearest church is a 45 minute or longer hike away, people hike hours or all day to get to a clinic. No school for the kids, most of them are busy helping with garden work during the planting and harvesting seasons.
Looking back we can see how the Lord prepared us for this unexpected adventure when we did not even know a big change was coming.
|View of coffee plantation ruins from the fort|
- God's will and time line to be clear
- All needed resources to be provided
- Good ideas: for plants, trees, house plans, job descriptions
- Know how to prepare key people to transition into our current roles at Fauche, in the roles that the district wishes to continue after we move.
- Clear knowledge of the land boundaries and if needed, additional purchase of land
|Not many trees at the top of the mountain, but big avocado trees there look great.|
|In the clouds during our first trip. On part of the 32 acres of Wesleyan land near the coffee plantation ruins.|
It grows good corn.