Farming God’s Way 2.0
Written by Anders Bjørnkjær-Nielsen

Villa, Car and a Dog vision 2.0

One of the obvious goals of the Farming God’s Way (FGW) principles is for the poorest people to achieve a better life, with food security and a Christian life. But the people who adopt FGW are quite common and have widely different backgrounds such as fishermen, farmers, students, shoe salesmen, unemployed and others. And in their Christian lives there are also very common aspirations of getting a good house, getting married, having children, getting a car and traveling, in short: to have a material good life!

But a material good life for all causes an increased climate impact on the earth. According to the World Bank , each person in Denmark in 2014 emitted 5,900 kg of CO2 per year. In comparison the figure for Sierra Leone Guinea was 200 kg CO2 per year. A sustainable goal is 3,000 kg CO2 per person on a global scale!

The question is, what can we in Denmark learn from people in Sierra Leone and Guinea about living with less consumption of CO2? And, how can we jointly create a vision 2.0 of Villa, Car and a Dog that fits into the modern way of life in Denmark, UK, Australia etc.? In our work with FGW, how should we work with life visions and CO2 emissions for the world’s poorest, when we have a Christian call to improve food security and living conditions? My idea is that people in Sierra Leone and Guinea have an opportunity to achieve a good and Christian life version 2.0 based on goals other than Villa, Car and a Dog.

In the congregations in Freetown, Bo and Conakry, FGW continues to be received with great enthusiasm. The enthusiasm is so great that the three dioceses want to collaborate across, among other things about several courses in FGW. It is very encouraging, and we will seek funding through LMF (Danish Teachers’ Mission Association) / DMCDD (Danish Mission Council Development Desk) for a partnership activity, where we will work on the strategic plans for what it will look like in the future, and where we discuss the starting points for a vision 2.0.

Dominique, the fisherman from Ghana (the young man in the picture), still practices FGW in Fallanghia in Guinea Conakry. He is the central and inspirational person who has given rise to the above considerations. God is with him, but it is still challenging for him to live alone, far away from his family in Ghana.

The pastor Dodzi, who was teaching FGW in Guinea Conakry, based on Farming 4 Life, has come to Denmark, where he will be from September to November 2019.

Your input or comments on the above are welcome at abn@relaytrust.com