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Cows for Kenya

  

$500 WILL PROVIDE A HUNGRY FAMILY
WITH A DAIRY COW AND HOPE FOR A WAY
OUT OF ABJECT POVERTY!

Read on to learn more of what that will mean to families and communities.

YOU CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE
IN THE LIVES OF MANY CHILDREN LIKE THESE!

On the day we took the picture of the 3 brothers in front of their home, the mother had left the house at lunch time because she didn’t want to face her sons again with nothing to feed them.

One of our team members gave Bishop Joash Ligami money to buy food for them for a week.  They were very grateful for that, but it was only a temporary solution to a never-ending problem.

The situation this family faces day after day is typical of that of hundreds of families in that rural area-—including the families of the pastors, whose parishioners don’t have the means to support them.

  • Population is dense; therefore land is limited and exhausted.

  • Jobs are scarce to nonexistent.

  • The people are oppressed by hopelessness because there seem to be no resources to provide a way out of the cycle of poverty.

These people have been trained in the basics of Christianity and spiritual warfare.

Now God wants to bring them out of the oppression of poverty, into the fullness of His provision for them, so they can fulfill His destiny for their lives.  He wants to make His people a witness of His love and care as they bless their community and share with others.

He has shown Bishop Ligami that a very important first step in this direction is to provide dairy cows for the pastors and church leaders he oversees.  They would be maintained in a “zero-grazing program.”

Pregnant cows would be purchased, and the first heifer born to these cows would be passed on to a member of the congregation, who would pass on his first heifer, etc.  Each person to receive a calf must pass on its first female offspring to someone else.  Bull calves will be sold to help purchase materials for sheds, pay veterinarian expenses, etc.

A good dairy cow will give more milk per day than is needed by one family, so the excess would be sold at a reasonable price to other villagers, thus providing some income for the family and nutrition the people cannot presently afford.  After the first calf is given away, the owner can either sell future calves to provide additional income for the family, or keep them to provide additional milk to sell.

Some questions you may have:

Q.:  Where will they get a bull to mate with these cows?

A.:  Artificial insemination services are available from the nearby town.

Q.:  Does anyone in the village know how to take care of dairy cows?

A.:  Yes.  Bishop Joash had experience with them when he was at the Bible School he attended and later taught in.  In addition, he has enlisted the help of a veterinarian from the Department of Agriculture to train the people and to help in purchasing the cows.  Pastor Joash will carefully oversee their care.  For example, he requires that records be kept of daily milk production and oversees weekly inspection rounds.  He will also ensure that the entire project is bathed in prayer and that appropriate spiritual warfare is waged so God’s plan is fully accomplished.

Q.:  What is a “zero-grazing program”?

A.:  In zero-grazing, each cow is confined, and food and water are brought to it.

Q.:  Why not let the cows graze freely instead of going to the expense of building a shed and the trouble of growing and cutting grass to bring to it?

A.:  Cows left to graze freely are likely to pick up disease-carrying ticks.  Also, confining the cows enables the owners to easily collect the manure for composting to use in their gardens and corn patches, which have been severely depleted by generations of overuse.  This will greatly enhance their productivity.

How to buy a Cow for Kenya:

  • If you give $500 for a cow, you may choose a name for it.

  • If you cannot give $500 but would like to participate, you can invite others to participate with you, or you can give any amount to CMI’s “Create a Cow fund.”

  • Bishop Ligami and the pastors have asked Cyrus Ministries International to oversee all aspects of their ministry.

Some other ways you can help in the ministry of Cyrus Ministries International in Kenya:

  • Support us in prayer and/or finance.

As we teach, train, and help to shepherd these pastors—both through visiting them in Kenya and through bringing them here to spend time with us.

As we develop discipleship materials for them, support them financially as they translate these materials into Swahili, and pay for the printing of the materials.

  • Share with us viable ideas for marketable micro-industries for the people, and/or provide finances for start-up materials for such an industry.

  • Come with us to Kenya to train the people for such industry.

  • Help in the co-ordination of people here with marketable skills and people in Kenya who need to learn them.

Make checks (tax deductible) payable to Cyrus Ministries International, with a memo designating your specific wishes.  Send to: Cyrus Ministries International, P.O. Box 210, Wasco, IL 60183-0210.  Need more information? Go to the Contact Us page.

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