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MOMENTUM!

Posted on: October 5th, 2012 by trumpetcall No Comments

 

 

  • The 1st of October marked 30 years since the birth of Foundations for Farming and of Brian Oldreive walking out the call he heard regarding God’s plan for the poor.
  • David Coltart, Hon Minister of Education has just posted the following on his Facebook page: ‘I am delighted to announce that Cabinet approved the MOU between the Ministry of Education and Foundations for Farming yesterday.’
  • Scott Marques is currently in Hawaii speaking about Trumpet Call! Agriculture to leaders at the Transform Our World conference with Ed Silvoso, Bill Johnson and others.
  • Heads of Denominations (EFZ HOD’s pictured above), Provincial leaders and the Trumpet Call! Agriculture Vision Team have had some thrilling gatherings to solidify purpose and direction!
  • 250 000 Trumpet Call! Agriculture brochures are about to go to press and be distributed across the entire nation through the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe.
  • The Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) and Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference (ZCBC) are in unity and on board with Trumpet Call! Agriculture momentum and information distribution. This could reach up to 1.4million Catholics alone!

The momentum is growing, God is on the move, Zimbabwe will be fed!


Stewarding Time

Posted on: May 21st, 2012 by trumpetcall No Comments

 

 

It’s harvest time all over Zimbabwe and here at River of Life – Westgate that is exactly what you will find.  Workers harvesting the crops that they have carefully tended to and nurtured this 2012 growing season; carefully tracking yields, and reaping what has been 6 months in the making.  Months of work to accumulate, gather, and grow; coming down to a few days – a few weeks of collecting and harvesting each and every crop.  Within those few short weeks you will reap all of your 6 months of hard work; sweat, blisters, calluses etc.

There is something about it all that makes you appreciate time: time and preparedness.  Wasted time during that 6-month period (specifically at the beginning) could easily affect the whole of your harvest.  Time however, is a unique thing. We are all in some ways prisoners of time – both in the culture of the first world, and in the culture of the third world.  Each one of us, no matter the wealth in our pocket, or the tasks that we find ourselves facing have 24 hours in each day, 7 days in each week, and so on and so forth.  Unlike other materials, and resources time cannot be saved up and accumulated and for this reason, it is imperative that we live each day to our utmost, and in some senses steward the Lord’s gift of time in the best way that we can.

How is God asking us to spend our time each and every day? Are there places where we are not seeking God’s will for the use of our time? Are we wasting the precious moments that he blesses us with to seek after our own pursuits or worse still just letting these moments pass us by as we idle around and drift through life?

Read about what the bible says about time in Ecclesiastes 3:

                     For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

            a time to be born, and a time to die;

            a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

            a time to kill, and a time to heal;

            a time to break down, and a time to build up;

            a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

            a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

            a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

            a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

            a time to seek, and a time to lose;

            a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

            a time to tear, and a time to sew;

            a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

            a time to love, and a time to hate;

            a time for war, and a time for peace.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ESV)

The Bible says that there is a season for everything, and a time for each thing and matter that the Lord has created.  We can take solace in the knowledge that, no matter what season of our lives we find ourselves in, God has ordained a plan and a purpose for that season.  That means that in both times of trial and times of plenty, and even in those times that we believe we are simply completing “useless” tasks in what we believe to be the “mundane-ness” of everyday life, we can take solace in knowing that God has a plan and purpose for everything.  It also means that we need to fully embrace and live each moment to our full potential.  That means in times of trial, we persevere and live each moment asking the Lord what we must learn, what he is trying to reveal about himself and his heart towards us, constantly seeking his face.  It also means that in times of plenty we ask the Lord what his purpose for us in this season is, how can we make the most of each resource that he has blessed us with and how we can bless others with the things that he has blessed us with.  Further, it means that when we get lost in the comings and goings of everyday life, that we actively remind ourselves to seek his face, to seek his plans and purposes for our lives – and we may find that we find renewed joy and drive to live each day to its fullest even if we feel like we haven’t done anything of merit.

This is why time is so important, and why it is such a cornerstone to the Foundations for Farming method, and the Trumpet Call!-Agriculture movement.  Each moment that a farmer takes to prepare his field in advance will be a moment of great victory. Each farmer that plants on time, just after the first rains, will have won a piece of the kingdom victory.  Each individual who cherishes each moment of their day, seeking the will of God and his purpose for their day will be winning the battle.  For the enemy tells us that each moment doesn’t matter, planting late will not make a difference, weeding and preparing your field on time (or even at all), will not matter for the final outcome of your harvest, you have no time for a quiet space or prayer time with Jesus, distractions, distractions, distractions.  Each moment you live without purpose and vision is a victory for the enemy.  As individuals, families, communities, churches, cultures and countries, we need to reclaim our time in order to more effectively serve the purposes of our Lord.  We will not give the enemy the victory; time will not become a stronghold that keeps us from living out the plans of the Lord each week, each day, and each moment in our lives.

This week it is our prayer that each of you would remember the precious nature of time, that you would value every moment that the Lord blesses you with.  That you would seek the face of your Father in heaven in each moment you find yourself wondering: “What’s the point?” or “Why am I even doing this?”.  Most importantly, it is our prayer that the Lord would fill each of you with his love and his light, that no matter where you are, of what you find yourselves putting your hands to, that you would be a shining light for him in the darkness of the world around us.

Amen!


Prayer Points for the Upcoming Season

Posted on: May 13th, 2012 by trumpetcall No Comments

 

Hello All!!

All of us here at Trumpet Call!-Agriculture hope that you have had a wonderful, blessed, and beautiful weekend! We would love to share some prayer points with all of you who are willing to partner with us in prayer through this journey and adventure that we are embarking on.  First and foremost, we believe that Jesus must remain central to our mission! Without the blessing and favour of the Lord, none of what we are doing means anything. He is the reason that we live, breathe and have the ability to serve those around us in this beautiful nation of Zimbabwe!

Without further ado, these are some prayer points that we have the privilege of sharing with you all! Some are simply prayers of thanksgiving and others are continual prayer areas throughout this journey! Please join us, and lift this movement and its leadership up to the Father in prayer:

Praise and thanks to God for an amazing time for Scott Marques (Vision Team Co-Leader for Trumpet Call!-Agriculture) in the UK with Newfrontiers Churches and the Evangelical Alliance.

Prayer for the team as they put together concepts for the roll-out strategy to reach 500,000 farmers with the message of Trumpet Call!-Agriculture this year! We have much work to accomplish!

Prayer for provision and unlocking of finances in order for the message to be heard and carried out in the most effective and constructive way – even for the press and airwaves to open in unprecedented ways!

Prayer for Rev Lindani Dube (General Secretary of the EFZ and Vision Team Co-Leader for Trumpet Call!-Agriculture) and Scott Marques (Vision Team Co-Leader for Trumpet Call!-Agriculture) on their trip to America. Especially for high-impact connections with friends, churches and organizations that can partner with finance and other resources to further the vision with greater effect.

Pray for wisdom and blessing on our farmers, and for their continued faithfulness in stewarding all that the Lord had provided them with!

Last of all, it is our prayer for each of you that you would hear our stories and be greatly encouraged! May the Lord bless each of you abundantly and may you feel his love for you more and more each and every day! May you seek the Lord with your whole heart, soul and strength! Amen.

 

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 


As Light Shines into the Darkness

Posted on: May 7th, 2012 by trumpetcall No Comments

Do you ever have the feeling that you’re fading – Just too tired, exhausted, burnt out to keep on, keeping on? I think so often as Christians we tell ourselves that we’ve got to have it all together and that if our friends, our families, our spouses, our kids, really anyone saw how “not” together we really were, that we would have failed.

You know the real beauty of the Christian life doesn’t lie in telling yourself that you have it all together, or even praying that God will help you keep it all together. Sometimes the beauty in life, and in our personal walk with the Lord is that we are completely out of control. It’s more complex than that though, it isn’t just that we are completely out of control, it’s that in our lack of control, in the total chaos and confusion of our lives that the Lord is sovereign and he is in TOTAL control of our destinies and of every detail that makes up our day.  Ultimately, it’s only when we realize how completely out of our control our lives really are, that we are truly able to shine the light of Christ in this world; when we walk by faith and not by sight that we are able to change lives, turn hearts to Christ and influence nations.

Read this passage from Isaiah 60:

            Arise, shine, for your light has come,

                        and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

            For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,

                        and thick darkness the peoples;

            but the LORD will arise upon you,

                        and his glory will be seen upon you.

            And nations shall come to your light,

                        and kings to the brightness of your rising.

            Lift up your eyes all around, and see;

                        they all gather together, they come to you;

            your sons shall come from afar,

                        and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.

            Then you shall see and be radiant;

                        your heart shall thrill and exult,

            because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,

                        the wealth of the nations shall come to you.

            A multitude of camels shall cover you,

                        the young camels of Midian and Ephah;

                        all those from Sheba shall come.

            They shall bring gold and frankincense,

                        and shall bring good news, the praises of the LORD.

            All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered to you;

                        the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you;

            they shall come up with acceptance on my altar,

                        and I will beautify my beautiful house.

            Who are these that fly like a cloud,

                        and like doves to their windows?

            For the coastlands shall hope for me,

                        the ships of Tarshish first,

            to bring your children from afar,

                        their silver and gold with them,

            for the name of the LORD your God,

                        and for the Holy One of Israel,

                        because he has made you beautiful.

            Foreigners shall build up your walls,

                        and their kings shall minister to you;

            for in my wrath I struck you,

                        but in my favor I have had mercy on you.

            Your gates shall be open continually;

                        day and night they shall not be shut,

            that people may bring to you the wealth of the nations,

                        with their kings led in procession.

            For the nation and kingdom

                        that will not serve you shall perish;

                        those nations shall be utterly laid waste.

            The glory of Lebanon shall come to you,

                        the cypress, the plane, and the pine,

            to beautify the place of my sanctuary,

                        and I will make the place of my feet glorious.

            The sons of those who afflicted you

                        shall come bending low to you,

            and all who despised you

                        shall bow down at your feet;

            they shall call you the City of the LORD,

                        the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

            Whereas you have been forsaken and hated,

                        with no one passing through,

            I will make you majestic forever,

                        a joy from age to age.

            You shall suck the milk of nations;

                        you shall nurse at the breast of kings;

            and you shall know that I, the LORD, am your Savior

                        and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

            Instead of bronze I will bring gold,

                        and instead of iron I will bring silver;

            instead of wood, bronze,

                        instead of stones, iron.

            I will make your overseers peace

                        and your taskmasters righteousness.

            Violence shall no more be heard in your land,

                        devastation or destruction within your borders;

            you shall call your walls Salvation,

                        and your gates Praise.

            The sun shall be no more

                        your light by day,

            nor for brightness shall the moon

                        give you light;

            but the LORD will be your everlasting light,

                        and your God will be your glory.

            Your sun shall no more go down,

                        nor your moon withdraw itself;

            for the LORD will be your everlasting light,

                        and your days of mourning shall be ended.

            Your people shall all be righteous;

                        they shall possess the land forever,

            the branch of my planting, the work of my hands,

                        that I might be glorified.

            The least one shall become a clan,

                        and the smallest one a mighty nation;

            I am the LORD;

                        in its time I will hasten it.

(Isaiah 60 ESV)

We think that when our lives are in chaos that we are far from God. Maybe it is God who allows, and brings us to that point so that he can use us for his glory and to his glorious purpose. It is the heart of the Lord to restore the brokenhearted, and use the weak because in all of this, he is magnified and our lives become a testament to his mighty name, the victory belongs to him alone.

This is why Trumpet Call!-Agriculture believes that Zimbabwe is such a perfect place for the hand of God to move, that he may be glorified. For in its restoration and through the faithfulness of Christian Zimbabweans both in the country and throughout the Diaspora, the Lord will be magnified, and the nation of Zimbabwe can become a light to the world, a shining example of the effect that faithfulness and total trust in the Lord can have in the hearts of individuals but more importantly, the effect that it can have in the heart of a nation. Many have said that the Lord will bless the world out of Zimbabwe. We pray as a movement and as a people that we would continually seek the Lord’s vision for Zimbabwe, that we would give all the glory to him, that we would decrease as he increases, and that Zimbabwe will truly be a light and beacon of hope in the darkness and oppression that this continent has found itself in.

Please join us in our prayer.


Building on a Solid Foundation!

Posted on: April 30th, 2012 by trumpetcall No Comments

Ask any good engineer or master builder, a good, strong and long-lasting foundation is imperative to the longevity, overall strength and character of the final structure. Whether we are talking about buildings or people, the principle remains the same.  In the third world, many of the most important foundations of society (family, health, agricultural, and even religion) are cracked and broken; incompatible with a full, purpose driven, and successful life.

This is why Trumpet Call!-Agriculture recognizes that a strong foundation is imperative to the building of the individual.  With this in mind, our model involves a building up of society, situated on an unbreakable foundation in conjunction with sustainable, conservation agricultural principles (Foundations for Farming).  The ultimate goal of Trumpet Call!-Agriculture is the development and advancement of the Kingdom – this is ultimately supported and upheld through the development of FAMILY, COMMUNITY, CHURCHES, and LEADERSHIP.  All of these are situated firmly upon the principles and practical application of discipleship (on a practical level this discipleship is carried out through teaching Foundations for Farming principles).

Before any other these other developments occur however, Trumpet Call!-Agriculture firmly recognizes and whole-heartedly believes that the only firm, indestructible, ever-lasting, forever foundation is that of Jesus Christ – and any other foundation will surely fail.

Please keep this amazing movement in your prayers. God is truly moving in this nation!

 

 


Canada Trip

Posted on: February 13th, 2012 by trumpetcall No Comments

The General Secretary of the EFZ, Rev Lindani Dube, and the Chairperson of Foundations for Farming, Pst Scott Marques, are looking forward to travelling together this week to Canada on Trumpet Call!-Agriculture business.  There are numerous diasporan Zimbabweans, friends, churches and organizations who are increasingly supportive of this initiaitve.  Rev Dube and Scott have many appointments and meetings lined-up, including an interview on the Canadian Christian TV station, called Huntley Street.

Please see the PRAYER tab for a copy of the prayer pointers that will be distributed as a bookmark during this trip.


Foundations for Farming Testimony

Posted on: February 7th, 2012 by trumpetcall No Comments

1 Corinthians 3:11 “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

A former gold panner, Makesure Muchenge, has become one of the best conservation agriculture trainers in Africa. Many Non Governmental Organisations dream of having such stories from their development programmes. However, Makesure wasn’t the product of a programme, but his success was the result of a relationship. Specifically, Makesure was befriended by former Zimbabwean commercial farmer, Boet Pretorious. When the two first met, Makesure was living a destructive lifestyle, spending what little money he had on alcohol, rather than caring for his family or investing in his livelihood. Boet, a Christian dedicated to training the poor in Africa to feed themselves using Foundations for Farming, loved and mentored Makesure and helped him turn his life around.

Since those early days, there has been real transformation in Makesure’s life. He no longer struggles with drunkenness and is producing enough as a farmer to provide for his family’s needs as well as others in his community. In fact, Makesure has gone on to win a farming award and been offered some of Zimbabwe’s prime land as a prize. However, Makesure turned down this offer of land to continue helping his community. Rarely do you hear of “rags to riches” stories about rural Zimbabwe. It is rarer still to hear of a farmer rejecting a sure way to more riches to stay and help his or her community for no gain.

The key to Makesure’s success has been following the Foundations for Farming methodology of minimal tillage and no burning but using mulching, crop rotation and high management instead, Makesure insists however that his successful farming enterprise is more a result of his relationship with Boet, which has changed his heart and attitude to life. Having understood and felt the love and grace of God from a white, former commercial farmer, Makesure says he decided to also become a Christian. Learning to be faithful with what he has been given and loving those around him have also inspired Makesure to be a great farmer who uses his profits to help his community.

Foundations for Farming has seen many lives, besides Makesure’s, transformed through its teaching and relationships with farmers.


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Trumpet Call: Update…..

Posted on: October 4th, 2010 by trumpetcall No Comments

TRUMPET CALL! – Churches Together for Transformation has now been launched across the country and the broad based Church proclaimed the prophetic message on 26 September 2010 to its flock. Training at various sites continues in earnest as various Churches receive training on small scale farming so that they can empower their congregations to feed themselves and to reach out to the poor in their communities. There is a strong focus on rural communities whose
livelihoods were decimated by the economic hardships that we experienced during the periods of extreme hyperinflation.

It is a great joy to see the Church working out this Isaiah 58 message practically! The parable of being faithful with the little is being preached effectively through Foundations for Farming/Farming God’s Way.

May we all one day “…be known as the people who rebuilt their walls and cities.” (Isaiah 58:12).

By Roy Chimanikire

Trumpet Call: Bulawayo News…

Posted on: October 3rd, 2010 by trumpetcall No Comments
Word of Life band leading praise songs at White City Stadium

The day was hot but streams of people braved the heat and gathered at White City Stadium to pray for our Nation Zimbabwe. There were probably a total of 3 000 people who attended. Although it was hot, the atmosphere was great. Praise and worship was led by the band from Word of Life Church. They did a fantastic job of singing songs that most people knew. Vibrant song and dance got everyone in the spirit of unity. It was awesome.
The presence of God was felt and the prayer was a great beginning step for the Church to lead the way in shaping Zimbabwe. Kenneth Chirimuta opened in prayer. Mrs Zulu who is part of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference did an incredible job. She read from Genesis 1 and spoke about creation and man in creation v26. We are meant to take our stand in creation and dominate. The speeches went well: Overseer Nhira’s spoke on unity, being relevant as Christians and feeding ourselves as a Nation. The Prayer was led by various church leaders on different aspects pertaining to Zimbabwe on being passionate for God, passionate for each other and passionate about our nation. Mbonisi Malaba was very good as he shared the heart, science and technology of Foundations for Farming.
Everyone ended up on their knees at White City Stadium to pray for Zimbabwe. What a moving moment!

Comments from a few people:
1. Interesting to see Catholics and Pentecostals together.
2. It was brilliant, especially the unity – everyone presenting a unified front and we got a sense of the church on mission and the church taking its place in leading the nation.
3. Seeing about 200 Pastors from different churches on the podium was wonderful.
4. The meeting is but the beginning of Churches working together. The Pastors were very encouraged.

Prayer transforms a nation….

Braving the heat at White City Stadium

By Molly Manhanga

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