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Sustainable Farming

MAIZE PRODUCTION

January 20, 2013

We praise the Lord God the Father and Jesus Christ through whom we have all our blessings.

THM is pleased to inform the world that man has the capacity to manage the soil no matter how bad or unfertil it is. We have grown 3.5 acres of corn on our God given place which is called Bethel Irrigation Scheme. We could not harvest anything last rain season because the soil at Bethel is sandy. Because of what is said at Genesis 2:15 "The Lord God took the man whom He had made and put him in the garden of Eden to manage it." Based on this infalible word, man is able to change the bad soil to become good soil which should be productive. This has happened at Bethel Training and Retreat Centre at our Irrigation site. Through our trust in the Lord and taking a step to work on the land by adding tonns of cow manure into our then bad soil, the so call bad soil refused to be called bad soil by producing a good crop as per our expectation. Man as the highest creation and annointed with the spirit of management is able to change things. This is our road to food security and self sustainance at Bethel Training and Retreat Centre. We will trust our God even for bigger achievements. PRAISE THE LORD...............................

Poultry production has been identified as an excellent way to make the Bethel Training Center more sustainable. Both chicken meat and eggs are in short supply and high demand in Malawi. Furthermore, chicken manure is an excellent source of nitrogen fertilizer for maize—the staple crop in Malawi. A building large enough to raise groups of 200 broiler chicks to market weight has been constructed and is currently being used with excellent results and good profits.

The Next Phase

If sufficient funds can be raised to construct two 1,200-bird buildings—one for broiler and one for laying hens—and bring them into production, THM can become largely self-funded within a year-and-a-half. A very thorough cost/income analysis has been done for this project and it shows a positive cash flow within six months. After 18 months, initial costs would be recouped and more than $64,500 in profits will be accumulated—and much-needed jobs will have been created.

Start-up costs for this project:

Construction of two 1,200-bird buildings: $4,500

Chick purchases before income starts to be generated: $2,400

Feed costs before income starts to be generated: $7,100

Misc. costs before income starts to be generated: $1,000

$15,000

Donations can be made to the overall project or can be earmarked for a specific need no matter how large or small. For example, each dollar will buy one chick. Checks should be made payable to White Stone Community Church, with “THM chickens” on the memo line. Every dollar donated will go directly to the project.

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