God Knows Her Name
Regina didn't speak a word of English. She was one among 9 widows we were financially sponsoring the first several years of the 21st Century. Her smile was what distinguished her. Her mind must have been else where as my mother tongue rattled on about whatever. But, mention her name and her whole face beamed!
|Lots of tears when Regina's old cow was put down|
|Regina and her new cow|
- motivate courage to leave the "pastor" who used them for personal gain at their expense
- help them believe that they could sustain their lives without sponsorship
- move from being receivers to givers
- instill unity among them as they broke down competition
- teach basic business principles
- emphasize character in the process.
|Good friends within the first hour!|
Regina's particular means of support was in a high quality dairy cow she had been given by the Cow Project of Next Generation Ministries. Given is not the appropriate term to use. In reality, each recipient of a high quality dairy cows has to give the first heifer produced by their cow to NGMso that it can be raised, bred, and given to another recipient. Regina literally fell in love with her cow ... who she recently described to us as her "husband" ... since it was providing a sustainable life from the sale of it's milk. The cow also produced offspring which were sold for additional income.
|Milk for sale in the morning!|
Just two days later on Wednesday, Abdu, one of our Next Generation Ministries associates who is a dairy farmer and helps me oversees the NGM Cow Project, had paid for a beautiful dairy cow to replace Regina's "husband." The animal has a reputation for a high yield of milk and has produced three calves already. In addition, the cow is five months pregnant.
|Rejoicing in English with granddaughter Susan|
Neighbors gathered around in awe that God had remembered Regina and her great loss and immediate need for a means of income. Susan, Regina's granddaughter, came from next door to tell her version and to express gratitude to God for responding so quickly to Regina's cry for help. And, she spoke English!
Whenever the Lord uses me to help in situations like this people profusely express gratitude to me. I do my best to let them know that I just carry water for the Lord. Jesus is the Bread of Life and Living Water. All I do is fetch for Him ... and I love my job.