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Adventures in Oaxaca…

Dave Miller, digging wells in Oaxaca

Dave Miller with Adventures in Life, friend of Mission focused, is back in Oaxaca drilling wells helping those in Oaxaca provide for themselves.  You can read about the work of Adventures in Life by going HERE.  You can read Dave’s latest post HERE.

We have been blessed to work with Adventures in Life the last few years…helping document the work of local pastors and missionaries as they minister to folks in Oaxaca.  You can go check out some of our photos and stories from Oaxaca HERE.

First Tax Deduction for 2012 :: The Greenhouse Gift That Keeps on Giving…

MISSION focused has partnered with Adventures in Life to help document in still images what God is doing in Oaxaca.  With the Christmas season coming to a close and the beginning of a New Year, we would like to share this awesome opportunity, once again, to not only help those in Oaxaca now, but to have your gift keep giving for years to come!

The Gift of a Greenhouse:  please read about sister Juana…

Everyday Juana will get up and start working. She will not get paid, but she will work hard. Finding a way to feed those that depend on her to provide for the family is her daily job.

Juana, who is about 60 years old, was born with a crippling disability in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is unable to work as she cannot stand, but over the years, has learned to get around on her badly deformed legs. She cares for her blind cousin and her 90 year old mother.
The rest of her family left her behind years ago, as caring for someone in her condition was just too difficult.
I wish I could say Juana was an exception where I serve. The reality is that everywhere I go in Oaxaca, I am confronted by poverty that is every bit as disabling as Juana’s leg condition.
Like Juana, the poor have been discarded. Decent people who, in the opinion of some, have outlived their usefulness are being left to scrounge for food, and starve if they cannot find it.

Adventures in Life and Harvesting Hope of Oregon, together with our local ministry partners in Oaxaca, have designed small 150 square foot personal greenhouses for people to have on their own land. These greenhouses allow a person to plant, grow and harvest fresh vegetables for their families.

They need your help to make this happen.
A gift of $400.00 for a micro-loan to a person like Juana will enable them to purchase a small personal greenhouse. We will go to their property, set up the greenhouse, help them plant it, offer the technical expertise we have learned on our farm, and stay connected to ensure the ongoing success of the greenhouse.
     Once the first crop comes in, the family then must begin repaying the loan, at $10.00 a month. They do this by selling part of the food harvested to their neighbors. After the loan is repaid, in approximately 40 months, we re-loan the capital to another family, keeping the cycle going. This ensures that your initial gift of $400.00 will continue to be loaned out and help change lives in Oaxaca.
     As we have talked to leaders in Oaxaca, they are convinced that we are onto something special here. People who we have never heard of are contacting us to ask about the greenhouses.
     Provided we get sufficient loan capital, we plan to roll the project out in February 2012. With a team of men on site in Tlacolula, we will be able to make all the IKEA like greenhouse packages, get them delivered and set up.
     Twenty-five individual or church gifts of $400.00 means we will be able to start with twenty-five families. Will you help?
     If you are interested in helping make a lasting difference in Oaxaca feel free to contact Dave at Adventures in Life…you can email him at info@ailministry.org