During May REAP held a weeklong training seminar on Natural Medicines with Anamed. There were participants from Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Sudan, a Dutch couple working in South Sudan, a Japanese volunteer working in Kenya, a Jesuit Catalan father from Kakuma refugee camp and the others from Kenya. They ranged from a university professor and community health workers to several youth. All were keen to learn of the holistic approach to REAP and actively requested Biblical input. Following the success of this training seminar, we are planning to hold another one in November. We are thinking of having a similar type of training relating to the Stewardship program, and are exploring this idea with some Christian NGOs. We have also been asked to do a week’s training on Natural Medicines in August at the AIC missionary college in Eldoret.
George and Rosalia spent a week training in Central Pokot in April. This is most encouraging as they were from a remote area where people are able to see the value of taking control of their own situation. Domitilla was able to visit Wau in South Sudan for a follow up on her training on stoves. She found the people there were much more focused on this occasion. A third visit is planned. Rosalia and Monica will be conducting a training group for the Lavan Children’s Ministry in Kilimambogo on 10th June. There is much interest in REAP teaching in Ukamani, south east of Nairobi. An established trained Ukamani contact is already using REAP teaching and planting material at his home. He would be an ideal person to take our teaching forward in this area.
Donations have been received to cover the cost of replacing the REAP vehicle. This is currently being imported from Japan and should be in use shortly.
In his capacity as a board member of Across, Roger has been able to visit South Sudan in order to interview the new Executive Director and Personnel Director, and will be returning to Juba later in June for meetings with the Across management and board members. We have currently had positive interaction with CMS Africa, in relation to both natural medicines and environmental teaching. We would like to learn from each other without duplicating.
- Praise for the positive responses from recent seminars and the steady spreading of REAP teaching
- Prayer that REAP will shortly obtain written final approval for building the much needed Demonstration and Resource Centre on REAP’s Kajulu land
- Thanks for the safe delivery of Faith Ruby Sharland on 3rd June; Roger and Jos’ second grandchild
- Pray for the success of the REAP stand at the Kisumu Show during the first week in August