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Multiplying Food God’s Way

 

If you could multiply food, would you? 

Hopefully you said YES! Our SMI team has been dreaming of implementing the best way to grow food on our property. We've had the tools in hand for a couple of years now, but it wasn't until Nelson Micek, our full-time Uganda missionary, and Brad Burklund, SMI volunteer, decided to take lead on this project and see it through. Now, we are beginning to see our food multiply. Read on and find out about our new outreach you've made possible.

Recently, the Show Mercy International Agriculture team had the opportunity to attend the Farming God’s Way Uganda National Training.

 
Farming God’s Way is a resource given to the wider body
of Christ, to equip the poor and break the yoke of poverty.
 
This resource is a well-balanced biblical, management and technological solution to bring people out of poverty using the tools God has placed in their hands.


Farmer Nelson

This three-day training consisted of two days of classroom/theory training and one day of practical training at a nearby farm. 

During the training, the attendees learned in more detail
of the Biblical Keys, Management Keys, and
the technology that makes up Farming God’s Way. 

Some of the practices in Farming God’s Way are: zero-till/no-till of soil, incorporating God’s Blanket (mulch) instead of burning or clearing, and practicing crop rotations. It is also important to do things on time, to high standards and with minimal waste.

The SMI Agriculture team first implemented the practices of Farming God’s Way during the first planting season of 2017 (Uganda, fortunately, gets two rainy seasons each year).The initial goal was to put some structure and goals into the working of the farmland that SMI has. Our team saw tremendous results and the food we grew was as though it multiplied from the year before.  After learning more about Farming God’s Way and implementing the practices, it became very clear that we couldn’t keep this knowledge to ourselves, but we needed to focus on getting the message out. 

In Africa, about 80% of people are subsistence farmers, meaning they have farms or gardens to provide for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, many years of poor land use practices have led most of these families to become unable to produce enough to meet their needs.

That means we can reach SO MANY PEOPLE!


With the message of Farming God’s Way,  together we will give the people in our area a real tool and practical knowledge which will loosen and break the yoke of poverty that has weighed them down for far too long. 
Bill, SMI Staff 
Jeremiah and Richard, SMI Staff
Brad Burklund

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Self respect is a very important part of a man?s life. If a man can put bread on the table for his family, it is an honourable thing! 
Right now the SMI Agriculture team is focusing on setting up the SMI farmland into a ministry area.
This ministry area will include:
  • a "Well Watered Garden" (a small demonstration garden) where members of the community can come and receive hands on training to learn the practical side of Farming God’s Way. 
  • a composting site which demonstrates how to develop a low cost fertilizer.
 
This demonstration garden will show the yield differences between Farming God’s Way and traditional farming practices. The SMI farmland will also includes field scale gardens and a variety of different vegetable gardens.

By the end of 2017, the SMI Agriculture team
hopes to host their very first “Field Day.” 

This Field Day will be a day where members of the surrounding communities will be invited to our farm and introduced to Farming God’s Way. 

The day will include:

  • Theory teaching
  • Practical, hands-on training in our Well Watered Garden
  • A tour of the comparison and field scale gardens. 
  • A demonstration of how to build a proper compost pile. 

The next step in this ministry will be to establish farmer groups in the surrounding communities. 

Farmer groups will consist of 5-10 farmers who can work together, and encourage each other throughout the seasons. These groups will have a community leader and will include follow-up by the SMI agriculture team.  The leaders and the SMI agriculture team will help with setting up gardens and sharing best practices. We will also encourage and pray with these farmers, helping them stay faithful in their ways.

We are excited for this new part of our ministry!

Are you interested in farming? Do you like to get your hands dirty? Join us in Uganda and help us pioneer this new outreach.

SMI is also looking for a team of people who would like to pledge a monthly gift. Your donation will enable us see this ministry reach thousands!

Because of your support and important partnerships, transformation is happening.

Donate Today

Woman Gives Birth in Show Mercy Vehicle!

Woman Gives Birth in Show Mercy Vehicle

CLICK ABOVE IMAGE FOR INCREDIBLE VIDEO TESTIMONY!

Just recently, our staff at Show Mercy gave a woman a ride to the hospital. On the way, she gave birth to her baby our SMI vehicle! You can’t make this stuff up!

Our medical clinic has been operating since 2012. Thanks to you and other partners, SMI treats thousands of sick people every year, but there are many more who need our help! It is time to expand so we can help the hundreds of pregnant mothers in the surrounding villages. With your help, we can get this project up and running?

Making a monthly pledge or giving a one-time donation,  we can get the birthing center built and begin saving lives.

GIVE NOW TOWARDS THE BIRTHING CENTER

Peter Was Resuscitated Back to Life – Medical Mission 2017

Medical Mission Team 2017 UPDATE

4 Days, over 900 Patients!

Our medical mission team was able to treat over 900 patients in four days! Thank YOU for making this outreach possible and helping to care for so many people. Our short term team came alongside our long term staff with a heart to reach out in love and meet the practical needs of those in surrounding villages! Read the update from team member Jonathan.
Jonathan runs the medical clinic at the Show Mercy base.
Show Mercy Medical Mission Outreach
"It’s remarkable and should not be underestimated, it is something to esteem and be proud of, because I think we are doing what Jesus would physically and spiritually do. When you do this, it’s hard to leave there untransformed though physically exhausting, it is spiritually renewing.WE GET TO DO THIS, BANANGE (Lugandan for WOW)!"
Jonathan, Clinical Physician SMI Clinic

Here is what Jonathan wrote to us after the outreach:

I always wonder why we meet some people who should be managed in a hospital but have been staying at home with life threatening conditions without treatment. I have finally understood that no one in this world enjoys pain but circumstances do dictate the reason why we get overwhelming numbers of people coming to where SMI has camped for an outreach. The reason isn’t because they are ignorant or they are not feeling pain, it is because they can’t afford the medical care.

We saw cases ranging from:
  • deadly septic wounds that have not had any treatment in weeks
  • tumors some of them suspected to be cancerous but have never had a consultation anywhere
  • elderlies that succumb to stroke due to undetected hypertension
  • women with different gynecological and obstetrical conditions
  • people with unscreened life threatening infections
  • babies and children who come with high grade fevers, malaria and some having seizures , vomiting , dehydrated, iv lines are set up for rehydration, injections are given to the severe cases and some are referred for further intervention
The emotional hurt and pain that people carry is unexplainable and there is always time to love, care and pray for the many that are wounded. This is what Show Mercy does best by having a team who pray for the sick and get to preach to the gospel of Christ.
4 year old Peter was resuscitated back to life!

I managed to see a boy by the name of Peter, aged four years. He was brought by his auntie and the boy had been sick for a week. He had been kept at home because the auntie had no money to take him to the hospital. He had a high grade fevers and was very lethargic. The aunt heard that there was an opportunity to go to a medical outreach.Upon examination, he started convulsing and foaming at the mouth. He was having a seizure  We gave him medicine injections and had to resuscitate him. After testing him, we found that he had very severe malaria and we were able to treat him that day.

"I began thinking that even if it took SMI the 3days of outreach to save this little boy’s life who had stayed home complaining of fevers without treatment for a week ,I felt this is worth doing again and again."

Thank you for standing with us! With you on our side, we are able to continue to help provide amazing outreaches like this to people who can not afford help.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD!
In 2018, we are planning to do two medical mission trips. One in February and one in July. They are so needed and help the community so much.

THANK YOU!

 

Say What? Parents Discuss Their 16 Year Old Daughter Serving in Uganda

In the fall of 2016, these were the words that we said in response to our daughter, Emily Howenstine, asking if she could apply to be an intern at Show Mercy International.  Emily was only 16 at the time and we trusted that God would ‘protect’ our daughter and that the rules would simply be that no one under the age of 18 could attend a summer internship.  We happily wrote the check needed to apply, signed the consent form (under the age of 18) and had confidence that there was no way that they would accept such a young person.  It could not have been any longer than 2 weeks and Emily came bouncing into the house indicating that she had been accepted to serve with SMI for 2 months in the summer of 2017.  This began our journey to see our daughter off to Uganda, Africa.  “Say What?”

As you can imagine, our initial duty was to vet the organization and search out any and all discrepancies in their methods, theology, purpose, etc.  We believe that the Bible is the final authority and in our research….we found nothing to indicate that SMI was not of that same idea.  SMI stands on the Bible as the foundation and guiding principle for the mission of the organization.  We then thought that there had to be something else.  Nothing, Nada, Zilch.  We came full circle and even though we had no personal connection with SMI, felt confident that Emily would not only be safe, but grow in her relationship with God.  That was certainly an understatement as we would find out soon after Emily’s arrival in Uganda.

The entire internship was spelled out in full detail with all questions in a document that was sent to Emily.  We were particularly impressed with the level of detail that went into the writing and direction for the interns.  We do not recall a single question that was NOT addressed in the intern packet.  Very well done!  This put us even more at ease letting our daughter travel some 8,000 miles into the unknown.  (Emily’s words)

Emily matured in many ways right in front of our ears…..we say our ears because we did not see what was happening, but we could hear the joy and growth in her voice and through her text messages that we started to receive.  SMI has a wonderful facility and does a great job at making the interns feel right at home for their time in Uganda.  We have repeatedly asked Emily if there was any time she was fearful of something or someone and she has always said she felt safe the entire time.  Emily grew exponentially in her relationship with God, far beyond what we could have ever prayed for or imagined.  God revealed Himself to her through the staff, roommates, Boda drivers and the people of Uganda.  What she has shared with us and the change that we have seen in Emily is only from God and the circumstances that led her to Uganda!

We would highly recommend SMI to anyone that is considering a short term mission or internship with the organization.  We never had a fear or concern, communication was fantastic and we would love it if Emily is called back again to Uganda with SMI!

We would like to leave with these words, straight from Emily’s heart:

Jesus is teaching me so much. He overwhelms me with His love for others and me everyday. I am so honored I get to partner with Him to spread the good news. I am learning how to love people with Unconditional love. He is transforming my mind and heart, to see circumstances how He views them. He has given me so much boldness to share His love with others.

 Brian and Amy Howenstine

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Show Mercy has an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those affected by Hurricane Harvey!

Lori Salley, Co-Founder of Show Mercy, went to high school outside of Houston in Katy, Texas. For those who know her, Lori dreamed of being a volleyball coach all because of the amazing impact her high school volleyball coach, Ellen Beck, had on her. She dreamed of impacting lives and inspiring people to live on purpose.

That dream didn’t come true, at least not the way Lori thought. Show Mercy was founded partly because of Ellen Beck’s love and encouragement. Our school years can truly impact our future choices and destinies. Mrs. Beck inspired Lori to greatness and as well as to believe great things are possible (if we don’t quit!)

Give online by clicking and selecting “most needed”:

Mrs. Beck is no longer with us, but there is a school named after her and her husband, Beck Junior High located in Katy, Texas. It is FLOODED because of the rain and overflowing reservoirs.  We aren’t sure of the devastation just yet, but as we find out, our hope would be that WE, together, can HELP.

Show Mercy is going to help a classroom get back on it’s feet. Will you join us in helping to impact a teacher(s) along with her students by providing supplies, encouragement and anything else they might need.
Beck Junior High (photo courtesy of Tompkins High School Twitter)
Lori’s high school teammate and friend, Tina Fuentes, will be our eyes and ears on the ground in Katy, Texas. She is going to help facilitate this outreach.
Give online by clicking and selecting “most needed”:

 

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