As many of you know, the TLAfrica, Inc.’s cow project gives cows as gifts in order to help sustain families and hopefully communities. These cows are tools to help bring life to the people and God’s work is seen in the ceremonies where cows are given from one family to another. A few recipients of the gifts share their thoughts on the impact of the gift and God’s provision. Women from Bungoma, Kenya, Jane Wafula and Eunice Shikuku, talk about the benefits of milk with laughter.
“Milk in this area is expensive and to most it is a luxury,” said Wafula. “But when I got this cow, I started enjoying the milk and even feel like I have added a few pounds. My children also enjoy the milk. I have to admit it has helped their grades, I guess because they can focus better when they are not on an empty stomach!”
Lifting the weight of school fees has also been an effect. Shikuku is a widow and shares that it has been a struggle to cover charges such as books. This cow has enabled her to comfortably pay. She can manage to buy the tools needed and there is joy for her as a mother to see her children studying with no difficulty. Pastors from Ruhengeri, Rwanda, Aloys Munyantore and Emmanuel Habyarimana, give thanks and tell of different benefits. Aloys has been able to make manure out of the cow dung. This dung has been a product to sell in the surrounding communities and has helped grow Napier grass to feed his cows. When they were asked how they feel about the upcoming cow giving ceremony, Habyarimana shared words of joy.
“I am privileged to be able to bless someone else just as I was blessed,” said Habyarimana. “The cow came to me unexpectedly and I will be very happy to pass it on to someone so that they may also benefit as much as I have. I give God the glory for enabling this to happen.”
God has blessed through this cow project and will continue through the birth of new calves and the upcoming cow giving ceremony. The simple gift of a cow brings food, keeps kids in school, works the land, can start a business and bring hope to many families. TLAfrica, Inc. hopes to continue this program and see God work. (by Faustin Ntamushobora)