Local villagers in Kikongo learn how to plant and care for Acacia seedlings. The Acacia is the tree of choice for mulching fields and restoring fertility to the land. It provides a steady source of firewood for daily life
About this Mission Project
Kikongo has two seasons – wet and dry. During the 3 month dry season, much of the grassland and rainforest is cut and burned to clear the land for farming and to create firewood for cooking.
Mambo is a hard working school teacher in Kikongo. Every day after school, she goes out into the fields to collect food and firewood to make dinner for her family.
A tree planting project would provide Mambo and dozens of other families with a steady source of firewood. This project will model the Biblical principle that people are to care for the land rather than just exploit it.
Planting Acacia trees would provide firewood and charcoal and create mulching compost for the fields that will restore fertility to the soil. Kikongo would be a model for the surrounding villages.
$550 will buy 2,000 plastic bags, plus shovels, buckets, trowels and watering cans. $240 will pay 2 men to fill the bags and plant the seeds. $525 will pay 3 men to clear the land, and $660 will pay 3 men to plant and water the seedlings.
Mission Project Specifics
This project seeks to raise $2,000 to purchase tools, seeds and supplies for a tree planting project in the village of Kikongo on the Wamba river in Congo. Funds will pay not only for materials but people to clear the land, plant the seedlings and water them. In addition to protecting existing forests, this project will provide 40 families in Kikongo with firewood and create more productive fields.
This project will be managed by missionary Glen Chapman and the Pastoral Institute of Kikongo. It is anticipated that this project will improve the economic future for dozens of families and be a positive example for protecting the forest in the Bandundu Province of Congo.
Connect to this Mission Project
• Pray with Glen and Rita Chapman, the Pastoral Institute of Kikongo and the Baptist Community of Congo that other villages will follow the example set by Kikongo and plant trees instead of cutting down the rain forest.
• Share this information with others in your community and in your church family.