shall be called Esau
Some of you may
remember in the last newsletter I wrote about our new Duroc Boar that
was purchased from a nearby farmer. In that article I requested that
readers might submit a name for this boar; as we always name our boars.
Our dear friend, Adeline Brown, who at one time visited us here, sent an
email suggesting the name Esau. The name seemed very appropriate to me.
In Genesis 25:25
the Bible states, “And the first came out red, all over like an hairy
garment; and they called his name Esau."
Esau the boar
has a befitting name on 2 counts. He certainly is red all over and he
is certainly very hairy also.
Adeline for the name, and for your prayers. We expect in the near
future to see many little Esaus running around the pig lots in Dersca,
Romania. And here you will be able to see “a pig of a different color”.
fences and more fences
In Romania the
winters are very long. Here the snow begins in early November and stays
and accumulates until the first of April. That is 5 months of winter
and this past year the winter was severe, with 100 consecutive days of
temperatures never rising above freezing nor approaching the thawing
We at Matthew’s
House worked on yet another fence. This fence is for our 3 milk cows
(one of which will be given away to a needy family after weaning time).
We were able to place all the corner posts and gateposts just as the
snows began to fly.
We took this time to pause and prepare and handout
Christmas packages to the elementary schools of the 3 villages
surrounding Dersca. Wonderful friends in Germany supplied the
packages. In each was packed a gospel tract that even a child could
understand. Because the greatest gift of all is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 2:23). We want to make sure that everyone
we contact understands this. This decision has eternal consequences.
Because of this
tract, I have been invited to one of the schools to explain the gospel
to one of the classes there. God is good!
Christmas we began to gather materials to fabricate the hinges for the
access gates and walk through gates for our new fences. We made them
both sturdy and beautiful (see photo above). We want our fence to last a long
We have also
made 2 large pasture fences down in the valley for beef cattle. We have
3 of these also that will be butchered in coming months for local
orphans we have known for many years.
Our local church family
organized by Chris Godsey, raised funds for the purpose of adding to our
herd of beef cattle. This project was called “Coins for Calves.” The
clever Godsey’s covered Pringle’s cans with a Holstein hide design and
the classes worked enthusiastically and raised $ 2400! That was a lot
of coins! So far we have purchased 3 calves, carefully choosing calves
of superior quality.
The winter is also a good
time to maintenance the farm equipment. By the Lord’s
provision we now have a seeder for grass and a drum mower for hay; also
a cycle mower we had before is good for alfalfa and clover, but not
normal bladed grass. We still cut much of the grass the old fashioned
way, with a mowing sythe. It is amazing to watch the workers silently
working and the results are just as amazing. These fellows with their
elegant tools of yesteryear so beautifully groom the farm. It is
certainly a show place with its green yard and neat pastures.
So though the winter is long
and hard, the work went on and the spring was that much more
appreciated. Now the cool winds moderate the summer temperatures and
our work is evenly divided into agriculture, construction and continuing
to enclose fields to protect our livestock and fields. The summers are
short and much must be done,
“making hay while the sun
shines” has an intense significance for us here in Romania.