All I want for Christmas

Bakers Posted by Paul and Tania Baker on Sun, 23 Dec 2012 | 1 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

For those who receive our newsletter, you will remember us talking about our abundant carrot harvest. It seems when we grow things here they all come at once and multiply like rabbits. I guess it’s the perfect balance between fertile Ugandan soil, manure from the local farm, the good rainy season we have had, the abundance of African sun, and of course Paul’s care and attention. But even the Ugandans (actually, especially the Ugandans) can not believe how well our garden yields.

At the minute it’s tomatoes. I have never seen so many tomatoes and they just won’t stop coming. Infact last week alone we gave away 30 bags (of roughly 12 tomatoes each) and were still able to provide all the necessary tomatoes for a staff Christmas lunch.

Yesterday I collected another 12 bags full and decided to go door to door. At first people were hesitant wondering how much I would charge. When I said they were a Christmas present their faces lit up and I received numerous exclamations of “Praise God”, “Banange” (a bit like ‘My goodness!’) and “May God bless you”. It was like these tomatoes were the best Christmas present they had ever received.

This greatly challenged me. I wonder what ‘the’ present everyone is asking for in the UK and Ireland this year. The latest iphone or ipad, Spiderman gear, or a Furby. I would love to see my family’s expressions if I handed them a bunch of tomatoes next year. I doubt they would be as happy as my neighbours here in Uganda were. And these were not the poorest people in the world. These were other hospital staff members who have relatively well paid jobs. I guess they just recognised the beauty of an unexpected, useful gift that required nothing in return.

On Christmas Eve a group of us went Carol singing around the wards. We gave out gifts of sugar, rice and soap to the patients stuck in hospital over Christmas, as we do every year. But this year time they also received a few tomatoes each. We don’t need Santa (or Apple or Disney) to visit Kiwoko at Christmas. The Lord has provided everything we need.

Happy Christmas!



Kasambula Tonny said Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:48AM
Really this was wounderfull till now I still have 2 now remaining from the bag you gave me thank you Paul & Tania. Not untill today when i read this i thought you had bought bags & bags of tomatoes from kiwoko market, may God bless the work of your hands even on behalf of the patieants!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!!!

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