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Cows for Kenya
WILL PROVIDE A HUNGRY FAMILY
on to learn more of what that will mean to families and communities.
MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE
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.
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
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.
questions you may have:
Where will they get a bull to mate with these cows?
Artificial insemination services are available from the nearby
Does anyone in the village know how to take care of dairy cows?
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
What is a “zero-grazing program”?
In zero-grazing, each cow is confined, and food and water are
brought to it.
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
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.
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