Archive for July, 2009

Pineapple Crop Ready at Las Palmas

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
Mario Lora with Pineapples

Mario Lora with Pineapples

Mario Lora, Las Palmas business and farm manager sent the following report concering the pineapple crop:

The pineapple project has been excellent as far as production goes. The fruit has been very good quality. But there has been such an abundance of pineapple that in many cases they are paying less than the cost of production, and one has to sell just so they don’t rot. The ones that can’t complain are the ones who live in the Children’s Village. They have been eating pineapple like you could never imagine. They have even been able to eat a whole pineapple for breakfast. But the economic results have been very bad. We just hope we can break even on this project.

The problem with the pineapple is that when it starts to ripen it can’t wait. You can’t wait long to harvest it in order to get a better price. You have to pick it when it is ready. If you don’t, it falls off the plant and rots. It has been a long time since there has been such an abundance of this product. Many farmers have gone under. In our country they aren’t planting in a planned manner. When the pineapple is selling for a good price all the farmers plant pineapple because they think they will make money, but when the harvest comes the price falls, because apparently many people have had the same thought.

We think we can plant some pineapple, but just enough for what we consume in the home, and that can be managed by the personnel in agriculture. Since we have enough seeds, we can plant in phases (different times) and only good seeds, and that way we’ll have first class harvests in more than one time during the year.

Well, I am letting you know about this project, but when the harvest is over we’ll know the final results. Maybe in one or two months the prices will go up, because there will be less pineapple, but we will also have very little. We have harvested about 60% of the fruit.

Two Brothers Riding Their Bicycles for ICC

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

On the first of June, Tjitse and Menno Sijtsma rode their bicycles for most of the “Elfstedentocht,” to support ICC’s work for orphaned and abandoned children.  The “Elfstedentocht” is a bicycle race of 240 km (about 150 miles).  It is held in Friesland, a northern province in the Netherlands.  During very cold winters, the “Elfstedentocht” was run with participants using ice skates.  But since there have not been so many cold winters recently, it’s been awhile since they have done this race on ice.

Together with 14,998 cyclists, the two brothers rode on encouraged and supplied with food and care by family members.  Besides Dutch cyclists their were also foreigners from Spain, France, England, Germany and Switzerland.  The weather was sunny and windy for the large group of participants who had to cycle against the wind for a great part of the tour.

Unfortunately, Tjitse’s bicycle ran into mechanical problems and the brothers had to stop the tour at the village of Sloten, with still 60 km (37 miles) to go.  The frustration was enormous, but they did accomplish something.  This tour raised 170 Euros.  Both brothers refuse to give up.  Next year they hope to be at the start again, to bicycle for ICC. 

Have you ever seen such a diverse group of people on bicycles dressed in many different ways?  Can you imagine cyclists doing this tour in wooden shoes?  It’s all possible.   You are welcomed next year to encourage the cyclists or consider joining them as they cycle for ICC.  For more information click www.11steden.nl.

ICC Iceland Chapter at Camp Meeting

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Here is a report from ICC Iceland’s spokesperson, Thora Lilja.

Once a year the Icelandic Conference of Seventh-day Adventists holds a Camp Meeting for all it´s members. This year it was in June. With a few items that an ICC Iceland board member bought recently in Thailand to sell for ICC, Romanian porcelain and Mrs. Fleck’s books about ICC, we headed out for this event. This was the first time that we (and as far as we know other organizations) had a promotion booth at the Camp Meeting, and we were very thankful to get a positive answer from the Conference to be able to participate. 

We had the booth open two times, on Friday and Sunday for an hour (or little more). As early as on Friday most of the Thai stuff was sold out, only one book remained and some of our expensive porcelain had also been bought. People also showed interest in our sponsorship program. On Sunday God kept blessing us. He gave us two sponsors, one of which will pay 10.000 Ikr for their children per month! So this young couple will almost fully sponsor one child in Congo that had no sponsor before that. Then we sold some more porcelain and the last remaining book and Thai stuff. God is truely leading His work. Praise Him!