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Forest rescue

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"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:16) The land on which we started the construction of a volunteer center and where we are trying to evolve agriculture, adjoins the state forest lands. Miraculously, it was near us, on a small piece of land, where there were huge perennial coniferous trees. “I still didn’t manage to understand what kind of trees they were, but only two people would be able to grasp such a tree. Therefore, many people when coming to these places pay attention to them and admire the beauty. The rest of this forest has been cut down a long time ago. And in fact, this scrap is the only thing left for a long memory of past glory. But easy pickings lovers don’t let even the last drop of God's beauty to grow in piece. “Once, when I arrived at the plot, I noticed a big car with lumbermen standing by the fence near the park. It was there, yesterday, under the limes of spreading trees where a herd of elephants enjoyed the shadow. They come here in the driest season to hide from the hot sun, enjoy the pine roots and enjoy the breeze from the ocean. And today, woodcutters uncovered their petrol-powered saws and began to cut trees. However, they started wood-felling from the depths of the forest, so that no one could see, but the sounds of the saw were heard very clearly. I had no idea what to do ... ? The next day a serious man came to us at a construction plot in well-pressed clothes straight from the epicenter of the sawmill. He was curious about who is building this building and what will is going to be located here. After we had got acquainted, it turned out that he was the head of woodcutters. He said that he has official permission from local authorities to cut down all these trees. I learned from the locals that he is not the first here. In Kenya, wood is considered to be so precious as gold. “There are a lot of bushes here, there are baobabs, but they are useless, there are not enough trees of good quality and everything is brought in and costs a great deal of money. Do you remember when I was told to pay $ 3.5 only for one stick for our fence. Just imagine how much each tree costs on the black market. This forest will make this person very rich. And surely he will share with those who gave him permission to cut down the trees. I was very upset as not only elephants but also monkeys lived in that forest and this was the last drop of beauty from the former huge forest called "Arobauko Sakoka Forest". If it is cut down, there will be no large trees in the region anymore. “Realizing my powerlessness as a tourist and understanding that the most important argument in this matter is money, Denis began to pray. Finding oneself in a situation where everything is on the verge of the impossible and there is no hope for a human, God does miracles – this is verified. The conditions are simple - do not hesitate and do something. Therefore, I began to pray. Especially when my ears heard the sound of a saw. “By proclaiming that this forest will not be cut down, I said:“ Lord sent your angels to save this forest, I do not know how you do it, but I know that you are God and you really do it. I have no idea how exactly you created this universe but I know that You created it. And if everything moves by You and everything is arranged by You, then You are the One Who can stop even this deforestation, even if for all objective reasons the forest has matured and needs to be cut down. I ask You to save these trees! ". ? A week has passed. Nothing has changed. Woodcutters felled trees one after another. Denis continued to pray, as he was told one morning that a decree had been issued by the government, according to which all wood-felling throughout Kenya was stopped in the next 90 days. It turns out that the government decided to count all the trees that are in the territory and estimate the damage from uncontrolled deforestation during these years. A program has been developed to protect the remaining trees and plant new ones. Cutting down of trees was prohibited even in the territory that belongs to the owner. It began to be severely punished and there was even every chance of going to prison if you break the law. What do you think? Our wood- felling has stopped !!! The second week passed, the third, the month, the second month, the fifth, the tenth, and the forest stands unharmed !!! Today I admire them and understand how amazing the Lord God is. I understand that only He could do it. No other objective reasons could stop the cutting of the last shred of the forest !!! The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much! Only believe and do not doubt! Everything is possible!
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