There’s something fishy going on!

Fish, specifically Tilapia, is one of the more expensive meats in Honduras.

It is eaten much less than chicken or pork but represents a good market for the small landholder. 

We use an integrated fish and plant system known as aquaponics that recycles the water from the fish to the plants and back again. We are following the design by the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, for a media bed system in developing countries found in their technical paper 589, "Small-scale aquaponic food production, Integrated fish and plant farming."

The FAO’s research shows that if everything from the system is sold then the capital investment can be earned back in just 18 months.  A good business is very exciting in itself, but it is also exciting to think that a family can opt to supplement their household food from what they are producing to provide better nutrition for the household!

"But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” — John 4:14


Building a Recycling System

A recycling system faces some serious challenges.  Most people think the plants are filtering the water that comes from the fish but this is not quite accurate.  The fish water has been contaminated by excess food and the fish excretion.  In this form it is actually harmful to the plants and before it can be used by the plants it needs to be chemically changed.  To do that we enlist the help of many chemical engineers.  These are not the type of engineers with degrees but rather were designed by God, like living microscopic chemical laboratories, that can change the contaminants in the fish water into a useful form for the plants. The water is alive with bacteria, billions of bacteria.

When we talk about the system with people we explain that is a system in which the water is alive with bacteria, plants, and fish, and then we asked them, “Do you know who is the source of living water?” This is an exciting way to transition into a discussion about Jesus who is the source of living water.

"He said to me, 'It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give freely to him who is thirsty from the spring of the water of life.'" — Rev 21:6

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