E-I-E-I-O

The Mindanao Baptist Rural Learning Center had a farm e-i-e-i-o, and on his farm he had some pigs and goats and ducks and chickens e-i-e-i-o. MBRLC has livestock, crops and lots of people. It’s such a big place I have yet to see it all.

I’m staying in a cute little two bedroom house with Kate this week. The boy’s team, Bubba, Justin and Clayton, are right next door. It reminds me a lot of my apartment back in Norman with the YoungLife guys living beside us. Kate and I don’t have a kitchen in our home so we had spaghetti with the boys and played card games.

This afternoon I put on my jeans, tennis shoes and work gloves to join the boys at the FAITH garden. We build compost baskets and trenches. My job was to break up the chunks of dirt with a shovel to aerate it. It felt good to get my hands dirty. Chopping hard clumps of dirt is an excellent stress reliever.

I got to try chocolate goat’s milk for the first time during lunch. It was pretty stinkin’ good. They produce it right here on the farm as well as fresh chicken eggs and fruits and veggies of course. Each week the team performs a task at the different locations on the farm. This week was the FAITH garden. An upcoming week is ‘dairy goat production.’ I’m going to try to set my schedule where I can come back that week and milk a goat.

The landscaping here is breathtaking. Bright colorful flowers are growing everywhere. The farm has several small lakes and gardens. We saw today that pineapples do not grow on trees. I would love to post pictures, but I’m not connected to wireless. I will try to put some up soon.

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