We are so thankful to make it though this last month! God has been faithful to bring us through the harvest and on into the new year. The last two months farmers have been busy working to harvest and sell their corn and clear their fields. Besides corn, farmers have also been harvesting coffee, black and red beans for sale at the market. Unlike corn, beans are bought locally, and we have the freedom to save the seeds for use in the next season. This past month most of our field work was confined to maintaining our irrigation systems. Moreover, each day is spent taking care of small tasks such as watering our young cocoa, banana and coffee trees in preparation for the upcoming hot season.
We are thankful for a recent visit from Ajaan Rich and his team of students from Chiang Mai! For me, this visit was crucial for re-energizing both my mind and spirit for our journey into the 2017 year. It was so encouraging to have an audience of learners who could both see and appreciate our vision for Bala village and the surrounding area. I was continually reminded of the larger kingdom work that we have had the privilege to participate in. We are grateful for the time and energy that Ajaan Rich and his students brought with them.
I would like to specially ask for prayer for the 2017 year. This year, we begin a two year program focused on planting perennial plants and trees such as avocados, macadamia, and Thai chilies. This will be a challenge for us, since these tree’s are more time intensive to care for, more so than bananas. Although the mountains are filled with banana trees, we want to continue to demonstrate that bananas are only the first step in sustainable farming.
Finally, I would like to thank each one of you for your support, encouragement and prayers over the last year. May God continue to watch over you and give you wisdom for the 2017 year. We are excited to see how the villagers react to our new program. Although the work is tedious, and the weather is unpredictable, we trust that God will provide a way for the best possible outcome.
Love in Christ,
Witoon and Nayu Daleethong