Agriculture is an important area for our ministry. Farming is an integral part of the Dinka pastoral culture although they are mainly subsistence farmers. The Living Water farm began as a model to demonstrate enhanced cultivation techniques and experiment with new crops and food sources. We produce crops that are staple in the Dinka diet as well as introducing new food groups that are higher yield, drug resistant and provide valuable nutrition. The farm has become a reliable source of food which allows us to feed our women’s ministry, pastor’s training, men’s discipleship training and community events as well as the many children who attend our school. At the beginning of the 2015 rainy season all 12 acres of farmland were plowed by oxen teams. Our crops consist of sorghum, beans, peanuts and okra. We are also expanding by planting our first acre of mango and papaya tree orchards and installing a solar powered irrigation system.
Our community initiatives range from teaching local farmers high yield farming techniques and better conservation methods as well as educating women’s groups how to use a bucket and drip irrigation system during the dry season. Agriculture education is also important to our school curriculum and involves hands on training. We also strive to improve food storage methods in an effort to combat food shortage.
We are so grateful that God is blessing the agricultural ministry.