Celebrating 30 years of Footsteps!
John Medcraft from Brazil has been reading Footsteps since the first edition was published in 1989. When I asked him to tell me about the impact the magazine has had in his work over the years, he told me this story.
‘I have in front of me the precious original copy of Footsteps 20 from September 1994. The theme of the edition was the environment, which is a passion of mine, so I remember reading it with a lot of interest. But when I got to pages 14 and 15 and read about the tree Moringa oleifera, I wondered if this was just another “miracle solution” for dry regions.
‘Despite my doubts, I decided to contact the organisation offering a few seeds free of charge. I soon received them and I planted 24 seeds. I was amazed! The seedlings grew so quickly, and with very little water. I still have my scribbled notes on the 2,188 seed pods that were produced by 20 trees, resulting in about 20,000 seeds! This was the beginning of ACEV’s seed bank.
‘ACEV has since supplied seeds to every region of Brazil, and has even fulfilled requests for seeds from Africa and Europe! As the Moringa tree has become increasingly well known, the people of north-east Brazil have discovered its many benefits for themselves, and they are planting it, consuming it and spreading the word like nobody else can.
‘Two pages of Footsteps have blessed countless thousands of lives with nutritious food and clean water. We praise God for the ministry of Footsteps!’
Editor’s note: The fast-growing Moringa has many valuable properties. The leaves and seed pods are rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins. They can be dried and used as a food supplement, cooked as a green vegetable or used for animal fodder. The tree improves soil fertility and the seeds can be crushed to produce oil for cooking. Crushed seed kernels can also be used to purify water. Find out more by searching for ‘Moringa’ at learn.tearfund.org.
ACEV is a Christian development organisation working in the dry north-east of Brazil: www.acevbrasil.org.br
Footsteps in Swahili!
In response to reader feedback, and with the support of Tearfund Ireland, we are delighted to announce the publication of our first edition of Footsteps in Swahili. It is on the topic of orphans. If you would like a copy, please get in touch using the contact details below.
I would be interested to know how you use Footsteps and if you have any ideas for future editions. Write to The Editor, Footsteps, 100 Church Road, Teddington, TW11 8QE, UK