Craig and Tracy Sorley moved to Kenya with their two sons is 2002 to begin “environmental missions,” a new kind of mission work that would transform people and the land that sustains them. On the campus of Moffat Bible College, they established a Farming God’s Way demonstration site, outreaching to the Kijabe community and surrounding areas of the central Rift Valley. Though Kijabe is a very small town, it is one of the biggest medical missionary destinations in East Africa. There are a number of competing aid and relief-type organizations that frequent the area on a regular basis. Almost all of them operate with a handout or inputs mentality. So CCK is facing an uphill battle in empowering communities to improve farming and conservation practices.
The primary work consists of identifying early adopters of the Farming God’s Way methodology and pouring their efforts into individuals who show the greatest potential for becoming “champions.” A champion is defined as someone who shows an eagerness to learn both the spiritual and the practical work, who is willing to implement change without the expectation of handouts, and who is oriented towards sharing, helping, and spreading the vision to others. To complement this outreach effort, CCK seeks to multiply this type of ministry approach into the hearts of other Christian leaders through ongoing Creation Care training events and a Training of Trainers Accreditation Program.
Hannah Wanjiku is a single mom with three children and had been discouraged with very poor yields from her small farm. She is a believer and had been praying for a solution when she met some CCK outreach staff. Willing to try something new, she planted a plot of beans with advice from Russell. She planted in the middle of the dry season, and the rain finally came towards the end of the growth cycle. She was overjoyed when her FGW plot produced almost 10 times the yield compared to the adjacent plot planted in the traditional manner. The seeds planted in the traditional plot hardly germinated due to the drought.
The interesting part of Hannah’s story is that her small plot is right next to a road, which has allowed many neighbors to watch what she’s been doing. Their visits have increased over time, building and strengthening friendships. Her son is now more helpful in farming activities, and when CCK holds short bible studies during outreach visits she often invites her neighbors to attend.