One Gift Goes A Long Way

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These oxen can help share God’s story of love through Jesus Christ. See below how you can be a part of that opportunity!

I find these fascinating to look at. What I would call cows, these look skinnier than what we know as cows in Indiana. My eyes get drawn to the knobby knees, the bony joints, their slender noses and skinny tails. But I’ve come to call each of these an “ox.” Because that’s what they’re called in Burkina Faso. Well, they’re probably technically an ox, actually, but my time in Burkina Faso has helped me see them truly as oxen.

But their differences to me now are larger than physical and name: I look at these animals differently because they have become partners with us in sharing the Gospel. That’s right, I said they are on our team. They are on a mission with us and for God!

The FaithWorks! kids are on a mission, together with these oxen, to share God’s story of Living Water to our friends in Burkina Faso, Africa. We want to gift an ox, along with a plow and some farming attachments, to each graduating pastor at the Pondou Bible School. The men getting ready to graduate will soon be assigned to a village where they will relocate and begin pastoring. They are eager to be sharing stories about Jesus and spreading His love!

We, at Clay Church, are working hard to help the Burkinabe have healthier lives by providing clean water. Pastors are able to share the story of Jesus over a bucket. But if our pastors aren’t healthy enough to give that message??? then what will fall on those ears?

We want to keep our pastor friends fed and healthy. We want a strong message of Jesus Christ building in Burkina Faso. And our means of doing that is through these magnificent creatures! By walking into their new village with an ox and plow in tow, these new residents will not only be able to farm enough to feed their families, but be a resource to their new community! And at the end of the day, after the ground it tilled, have an opportunity to share many stories from the Bible. Possibly one like this:

Isaiah 55:8-13

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
    will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
    will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
    and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
    for an everlasting sign,
    that will endure forever.”

Okay, maybe they won’t mention the snow 🙂 But they can have an object lesson at every turn of that ox and plow!

The FaithWorks! kids are always looking for ways to help friends around the world! An ox and plow, along with a few attachments, costs $650. The FaithWorks! children have raised close to $10,000 which is enough for 15. There are 28 graduates this spring. If you are interested in helping our children reach our goal, please contact Karen Grant this week! You can email her at karen_grant2@yahoo.com or call her at (574) 272-8083 ext. 112.

We’d love to have you on our team! This one gift can go a long way. Let’s change our world!

 

About Karen Grant

Children's Minister - FaithWorks! is the children's ministry of Clay Church in South Bend, Indiana.
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