“When the last tree dies, the last man dies”

West African Proverb

“Forests precede civilizations and deserts follow them.”

François-René de Chateaubriand

You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace… and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

Isaiah 55:12

Worldviews change when people observe sacrificial service.

Curtis Clewett Planting Together Executive Team

Planting Together will bring transformation to the mindset of people in my nation.

Jean Gapelbe PT African network coordinator

If your vision is for one year – plant wheat. If your vision is for 10 years – plant trees. If your vision is for a lifetime – plant people.

Chinese Proverb

African Villages can survive without a health hut, school or well, but permanently they cannot live without trees.

Eric Tumieux Director, Beersheba Project

The true meaning of life  is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

Nelson Henderson 19th Century pioneer settler

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

Martin Luther

“I wish everyone could visit Africa for two weeks. It would change their lives!”

Guy Zeller KKI global leader

Fusing nations, forming family

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All nations, all generations!

Breaking down barriers…

Something special happened during our week of orientation camp. We became one huge team! We’re not quite sure exactly when… maybe when a combined group of African and Asians with a few Europeans mixed in worked for four hours every day peeling onions and preparing lunch over an open fire. Perhaps it was the “African Culture Day” when we sat down on grass mats and listened to tribal stories, got our hair done the traditional African “corn-cob row” style, or certainly the intentional mixing of race and languages during prayer and processing times had an effect. Whatever it was, all of us suddenly felt a little bit closer to what the Apostle Paul said about there being “neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female…

All part of an African day!

Startling beauty… from the inside out!

We heard amazing testimonies from people who somehow discovered the joy of salvation despite horrifying insult and abuse from disapproving village witchdoctors and imams and key plenary sessions about how to serve one another first and see the effect on others as a natural by-product.  The young Malian teenagers kept us aware of our King’s Kids heritage. I’ve included a short clip on this blog to give you an idea of their infectious energy and joy. Kinda makes you want to come along with us next year, doesn´t it? When it was all done on August 14th, we said goodbye to our Wolof hosts, Got our French driver ready with the Brazilian and Argentinian film crew, put our former Chinese sergeant in charge as packing coordinator, and then sat back and watched as German, Spanish, Dutch, Catalán, English, Swiss and other personalities somehow found a negotiated settlement as to how best to pack way too much stuff in way too small a space. Next stop: Mbar Toubab some 7 hours to the north!

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One Response to "Fusing nations, forming family"

  1. Rasooljan
    Rasooljan Posted on September 8, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    With so many Christians claiming to have heard caiortdnctory messages from God, how do you, as a pastor and teacher, teach others to discern whether God is in fact communicating something to them?