On May 31st, 2012 the Maxwell family boarded a plane and moved to Swaziland to live at Project Canaan. I hope to update my blog on Saturday mornings and share, as honestly as I can, the highs and lows of our life in Africa. We are living on a farm in a remote part of this tiny Kingdom and are serving the community as well as the orphans and vulnerable children of the nation. The 365 day count down started on June 1st, 2011, but the real journey begins now. Thanks for joining us.
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Saturday, April 26, 2014
Fully self-sustainable by 2020? A dream or a reality?
It is late evening in
Swaziland and early afternoon in Austin, Texas where I am writing this blog. It
would have been a Saturday morning blog if I had written it before leaving Las
Vegas this morning, but it still wouldn't have been Saturday morning in
Africa.Traveling across time zones can be very confusing
and exhausting and while I love my time
here with family and friends in North America, I do miss my quiet house on the
mountaintop in the middle of nowhere Swaziland.
Janine and Captain Jerry Coffee
Yesterday was the annual
Heart for Africa Board meeting and it was great to spend time with people who
love and support us through the dark days and the good days. And also yesterday seemed like a breakthrough day. We
presented our goal to be completely self-sustainable by the year 2020, meaning
that we will not need any donor funds for operating costs at Heart for Africa in Swaziland. It seems that
everyone talks about becoming self-sustaining, but I seldom read of
organizations actually achieving that goal. And it's not an easy goal to
achieve! In fact some would ask why we would want to work extra hard to
do this when we have donor support that is helping us day to day. The answer is
because we believe we CAN do it! And who knows, there may be a day not it
far away when people don't want to give money to help in Africa anymore or they
find other areas as of greater need or they don't have the disposable income to
give. Whether donations continue or not, we still have 52 (and growing)
children that we are responsible to care for for many years and thousands who
depend on us for income and food.
Wolfgang and Marion Buehler
Our plan is big and
comprehensive and it will take a lot of people and sizeable investment.We will launch a Capitol Campaign in
the weeks to come, but to think that we could grow enough food, milk enough
cows, make enough jewelry, sell enough carpentry etc. to provide for everyone
at Project Canaan is incredibly exciting. And in only 5.5 short years! As
my friend, Francis, in Taiwan says, "If it's God's will, it's Gods
bill". We believe that to be true. We have no idea how we will raise
the money, but we know for certain that if The Lord wants this done, He will
bring the people to us who have the money and it will happen in His timing. We
look forward to the next part of this journey that we are calling "The
Journey to sustainability".
Ann Williams and Ian
We have witnessed miracle
after miracle over the past five years as we have seen Project Canaan develop
and we look forward with great anticipation (and child-like excitement) to the
next five years. Please message me if you are being called to help kick
off this Capitol Campaign.