2017 Team Trip
September 21 – October 1, 2017
This is a vision and garden building trip, to renew relationships in Kageyo and help cast a vision for the future.
We hope to join with community leaders and empower them to fulfill the dreams they see for the community of Kageyo, Rwanda.
If you are interested in joining the team, call or email Jay Andruk!
To date, over 600 gardens have been built in Kageyo A, and a large garden in Kageyo B for the Africa New Life School!
We are so proud of Theo and his team for the amazing work they continue to do in Kageyo, and are continually praising God. He has blessed this project far more than we could have asked or imagined!
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose.”
I Corinthians 3:6-8
Watch this quick video to learn more about the history behind the Kageyo Gardens Project!
After the first genocide in 1959, thousands of Rwandans fled and settled in neighboring countries, including Tanzania. They rebuilt their lives, found jobs, and purchased land and livestock. In 2007, the Tanzanian government demanded that all refugees return to Rwanda, and virtually overnight they lost everything. These families, about 3,000 people, settled in Kageyo where food is scarce and jobs are non-existent. As recently as 2014, this happened again, leaving an already poverty-stricken community with an even heavier burden. The Rwandan government has given each of the families land and they have the opportunity to thrive, but, truth is, a lot of help is needed.
In July 2015, nine men from Austin, Texas headed to Kageyo, Rwanda for a ten day trip. We were able to build 10 gardens, alongside our permanent local agronomist, Theo and his team. We focused on quality and improved the design of the gardens so they will last for years to come. We saw God at work in the community of Kageyo and built relationships that will last a lifetime. Theo and his team are continuing to build gardens throughout the community, teaching the owners how to take care of them, and what they can grow. He is a strong leader in the church and community, and is invaluable to this project.
We believe that God has called us to Kageyo for a very specific reason. Why gardens? Why Rwanda? Why not here in the United States? The only answer is God chose this project for us. We understand that it’s a long way away and help is needed everywhere, including the United States. However, part of the beauty of the Christian faith is that it is not limited to those in our neighborhoods. We believe that God does want us to minister to those in our immediate area and countries first, but His glory shines and His will is done just as clearly as we travel the world to spread the message of His son. Jesus very clearly states that His desire is for us to affect all nations with His love and His message. We are not choosing to help Rwandans at the expense of those in our neighborhoods, but to help in both communities. We are all committed to paying our taxes, volunteering in our communities, giving to local charities, and helping with money, volunteer hours and leadership in our churches.
So, what now?
• Pray. We need prayer. We would love and appreciate if you take a moment right now and pray for our team and the people of Kageyo. Pray for Theo and his team as they continue building gardens and training the families to tend their gardens.
• Attend our future fundraising events.
• Like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on the project and fundraisers!
• Shop at Sewing God’s Seeds and comment with “Kageyo Gardens Project” at checkout. 100% of the profits from your sale will benefit KGP! (You can continue to support the 5 year project, and begin 2017 fundraising by shopping!)
• Read the Blog and Subscribe for updates.
• Donate to the project through Paypal.