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Farm Business

The Farm Business

The next step for Kanyenyeva Ministries to become self-sustaining has begun!

In 2017 about 137 acres were purchased in Mchinji. Kanyenyeva Ministries sells some produce to keep the farm running. They also use some produce at the orphan project to aid them on their way to becoming financially self-sufficient. Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby, MN provided the funds to start this business.

 

 

This is a picture of the land before it was purchased.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kanyenyeva Ministries hired two tractors to clear the land. Click here to watch the video.

 

 

 

 

 

In December they start to plant the crops by hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2020, they planted banana plants on a portion of the farm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An investment in the farm business is an investment in providing another way for Kanyenyeva Ministries to become self-sustaining. Invest in this community so they can continue to provide for the orphans and vulnerable children in their community. Donate today.

Sustainable Farming

 

These individuals from the Kanyenyeva area recently attended a week long training at E3 Worldwide. The purpose of the training was to help them learn about sustainable farming techniques. “Every year almost all rural households which make up 85% of the nation have to grow the bulk their own food during the 3-4 months rain season. The process of crop production is the foremost poverty trap in that it is costly in more ways than just financial for poor households.” (e3worldwide.org/food-security/)

“E3 Worldwide is working to help reduce the cost of growing food by exploring much cheaper substitutes for chemical fertilizers, offering training for alternative methods of agriculture such as permaculture to attain maximum yield per acreage that also nurtures the ecosystem to retain fertility naturally, introducing irrigation agriculture to beat seasonality, and encouraging the cultivation of ‘cash crops’ to generate income.” (e3worldwide.org/food-security/)

While at the E3 Worldwide training they also learned about eating a healthy and more sustainable diet which will decrease their dependency on maize (which is not native to Malawi) and increase their consumption of native fruits and vegetables.

The people that attended the training will share their new knowledge with others in their community. They said that they were very excited and thankful for that week long course and are very eager to use what they have learned. They reported that the training is eye opening and life changing.

The past few years the harvest in Malawi has decreased due to flooding and mistimed rains. With the training which they received, they should become less dependent on the rains and be able to grow crops year round which will increase their food security.

We pray that what they learned during this week long training will continue to be shared in their community and beyond while it provides ways for them to have year round food security.

Manna for Malawi 2021

 

The Johnny Holm Band will perform at this year’s Manna for Malawi benefit fund raiser on Sunday, August 15th at the Bridge Tavern north of Crosby, Minnesota. The regional band has been attracting audiences for nearly 40 years in the United States, primarily in the five-state area. Holm began his musical journey just down the road from Cuyuna in Brainerd. Manna for Malawi 2021 runs from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. In addition to music, those who attend get to eat pulled pork sandwiches, beans, coleslaw and chips while they’re checking out the raffle ticket and silent auction items. Charge for the event is a free will offering.

Pastor Paul Mattson said his heart was touched when he saw first hand what Manna for Malawi has done and continues to do, helping to feed and educate the orphans. Malawi is in southeastern Africa, one of the poorest nations in the world. Average income is less than $2 a day.

“When we were invited to help the mission which began 14 years ago, volunteers fed nearly 400 hundred children, once a week. Currently, feeding takes place six days a week and up to a thousand African orphans get their only meal of the day,” Mattson added. Last year’s virtual event without band and food raised more than $28,000 to help feed and educate orphans. This year, with food and music should be better. Money raised this year will go for the feeding program, farm equipment, and education for orphan children.

Manna for Malawi 2020

Manna for Malawi 2020 will look different this year.

The Johnny Holm Band was still willing, the volunteers were ready and eager, the orphans are still hungry, but finally, the decision to keep people safe convinced the event committee to cancel the concert and meal for this year. The amazing and spectacular Manna for Malawi Raffle will still be held and you can buy tickets within an hour of the drawing on August 23rd. The fantastic prizes include a 50 inch TCL Roku TV, a $400 Paddle Board, a kayak with paddle, a Ruttger’s golf package for two 18-hole rounds of golf and cash prizes of $100, $200, and $300. Tickets to the raffle are $5. Watch for MFM volunteers where you sample your adult beverages, contact Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby, or pick up as many as you like from 5:00-6:00 pm the night of the drawing, August 23 at the Woodtick in Cuyuna. Who knows? Johnny Holm may show up to buy a ticket! Next year’s event will tentatively be on Sunday, June 27, 2021 and the Johnny Holm Band said they would be there.

Pastor Paul Mattson said he is saddened by the need to cancel this year’s performance but in person and online donations have continued with great results. “People realize that whether or not we have a great time dancing to the music of the Johnny Holm Band, enjoy Maucieri’s Italian food and beverages from Crosby’s Kava House, the orphans in Malawi are still hungry. A hugely successful raffle will insure they still eat and go to school.” The landlocked nation is in southeastern Africa and is one of the poorest nations in the world. Average income there is less than $2 a day.

“We have supported the mission in Malawi for 14 years. Its grown from volunteers feeding around 400 hundred children, once a week, to up to a thousand African orphans eating six days a week. For many of them, this is their only meal of the day,” Mattson added. Last year’s event raised more than $45,000. The money raised by the organization in the past has helped to buy a tractor and truck for the Malawi Orphan Care Project farm . Money raised this year will go for the feeding program and education for orphan children.

For more information about Manna for Malawi:
Call: Pastor Paul Mattson
(218)546-6010