Thursday, August 25, 2011
Arms of Love has a small farm that provides profit and food for the ministry. We have been blessed to eat the fresh coconuts, papayas, avocados, bananas, vegetables, eggs, herbs and pork that comes for the beautiful farm on the corner of the property. Today the pastor/ farmer informed us that the pig was giving birth. I have never seen anything give birth and was really excited to hurry so we won't miss the event. I didn't realize this poor sow was pushing piglets out from 8 am- 6pm. When we arrived there were 3 and we watched #4 be born. We learned tonight that there were 13 in all!! It was so incredible, but if I'm honest made me a bit queasy (I wish I had a stronger stomach). Josiah found it educational and Annette (our animal lover) wanted to leap out of our arms into their muddy pens.
I'm not sure how I feel about holding the newly born little guy!
Farming and raising animals is a great source of livelihood for the poor here in the Philippines. ICM has a wonderful curriculum for training people how to do container farming, vermiculture, seed banking etc. We have been trying to educate ourselves on some of these methods that have empowered the poor with other sources of food/ income.