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Exec Overview

  1. 1. We Need a Miracle In a country rich in so much physical abundance, poverty does not make sense.
  2. 2. To Feed Africa “ For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed cloths and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me.” - Matthew 25:35-36
  3. 3. Are miracles still possible? Is this a social problem?
  4. 4. Famine and Starvation They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. Psalms 34:5-6 Can we change a sick world to a healthy happy world?
  5. 5. Africa has abundant resources
  6. 6. We can harness the abundant recourses of Africa There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth. Psalm 72:16
  7. 7. The Problem of Zambia’s Poverty <ul><li>The spirit of the Zambian enterprise must be transformed…… </li></ul><ul><li>… because this is both a social and moral problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Transformed from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>handouts to contributor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>welfare to enterprise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>helpless to helpful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>poverty to prosperity </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. We must boldly transform poverty! <ul><li>This will requires a long-term commitment to transform both the individual and local community. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lifestyle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Land reform </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sexual behavior </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Christianity's miracle at the Sons of Thunder Farm: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaches the family to provide through farming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transforms the individual through the accomplishments of hard work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faith and love moves Zambians from war and theft into community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pride from hard work replaces the panic of relief. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The miracle of family, farm, community and church. <ul><li>Two year family Christian farm training program </li></ul><ul><li>A plot of land, home, oxen, plow and seed on credit </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness that this is a blessing from God </li></ul><ul><li>Education program for children </li></ul><ul><li>Hard-working every day ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Crops enough for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pay-back farm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Power to help others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Integrates with tribes and local government </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation of Christian principles that made America prosperous </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sons of Thunder Land – Farm Ministries <ul><li>37 families on farms </li></ul><ul><li>60 head of cattle </li></ul><ul><li>2,700 fruit trees </li></ul><ul><li>3 Dams </li></ul><ul><li>Highway & railroad access </li></ul><ul><li>4 Deep wells (Clean water) </li></ul><ul><li>Farm training and management programs </li></ul><ul><li>Christian family values practiced </li></ul><ul><li>Farm business principles </li></ul><ul><li>Individual responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Pride of ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Self-sufficiency </li></ul>
  11. 11. Sons of Thunder Food Ministries <ul><li>50% of the crop goes to relief? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The use of land and equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seed and water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The gift of training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The blessing of giving back to the community </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Health Ministries To Rescue, Save, Prevent and Transform <ul><li>Services 300+ who live on farm </li></ul><ul><li>Unknown walk ins for surrounding bush </li></ul><ul><li>27 Orphans </li></ul><ul><li>Visiting doctors </li></ul><ul><li>Remote patient retrieval </li></ul><ul><li>HIV AIDs </li></ul><ul><li>Health Training </li></ul>
  13. 13. Education Ministries – Changing Body, Mind and Soul <ul><li>1999 -- 35 Students; One location </li></ul><ul><li>2004 -- 260 Students in two Locations </li></ul><ul><li>2005 -- Estimate 600+ students </li></ul><ul><li>Reputation of excellent quality beyond city schools </li></ul><ul><li>Children walk long distances through the bush to school </li></ul><ul><li>Children build community relationships at school </li></ul><ul><li>Students coming in from other farms </li></ul><ul><li>Students have a passion and pride in learning </li></ul><ul><li>The children are loved </li></ul>
  14. 14. Christian Ministries <ul><li>Community Chapel for farm and neighboring </li></ul><ul><li>Support town and bush ministries </li></ul><ul><li>Work with other orphanages and programs </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver food for old-age ministry </li></ul><ul><li>Pastoral training program </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with local mission community </li></ul><ul><li>All farm programs are Christian-based </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry school on farm with well respected teacher in community </li></ul>
  15. 15. The miracle of God’s Grace working through you <ul><li>Open your heart </li></ul><ul><li>Get your hands dirty </li></ul><ul><li>Pray for Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Pray for the Missions </li></ul><ul><li>Share the message of God’s Miracle </li></ul><ul><li>Donate whatever you can </li></ul><ul><li>Be apart of the miracle </li></ul><ul><li>Let God use you </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Miracle of Sons of Thunder Farm <ul><li>The “Miracles” of God’s Grace </li></ul><ul><ul><li>in children with a promise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in song and praise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in farming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in healing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in faith </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In your own transformation </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Does God keep his promise? Do miracle still happen? In Jesus’ name they do.
  18. 18. Sons of Thunder Ministry Feed Africa Farms© Information Sons of Thunder P.O. Box 7 Damascus, MD 20872 Phone: (301) 253-4939 Fax: (301) 414-0460 E-Mail: Web: Sons of Thunder is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under the laws of the State of Maryland. All gifts are tax-deductible.Sons of Thunder is a member of the ECFA. Produced by: Chrysalis Marketing Photography: Richard Close