J Ron Byler
MCC U.S. Executive Director
RonByler@mcc.org

I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. (1 Corinthians 3:6)

I recently experienced the truth of Paul’s words to the church at Corinth.

Some plant, some water, but God gives the growth.

In this issue of A Common Place, we see how Paul’s words have a more literal meaning.

In Desarmes, Haiti, MCC’s work with reforestation has helped provide an annual harvest of fast-growing trees for farmers like Feneck Gilbert to sell for firewood and construction material. Gilbert’s work has served as an example for others.

In Bangladesh’s Noakhali district, decades of MCC work to introduce nutritious, sustainable crops have served as a catalyst for farmers like Yunus Miah to feed their families and develop sustainable livelihoods. Average family income has increased five-fold in 40 years.

For Richard Kipara and his wife Rose Richard in the village of Ekenywa, Tanzania, using new, sustainable farming methods learned in MCC-supported trainings has increased crop yield dramatically.

The additional income has helped them to build a new home and send their children to school.

And they are able to share money and food with those in need — acting on a generosity rooted in their faith. “I give aid to others because of the love that God has given me,” says Kipara.

Some plant, some water, but God gives the growth.