Secondly as with any animal project, the quality of the stock matters a great deal. There are many varieties of animals, some that thrive better than others and some that are more profitable. Take for example the difference in pigs available in southern Burkina. "Local" pigs are small in size, and take years to reach their mature weight. Improved breed pigs are much faster growing and produce many more offspring. Because of their improved value, however, the improved breeds are just too expensive for pastors. We are helping by purchasing a male and two females of an improved breed for their initial stock. This gives the pastors a much needed boost toward seeing a project that can succeed. It is a sustainable income source for our brothers that communicates the love of the body of Christ as American churches and individuals partner with laborers in the field.
You can use the Donate button below or visit Light Up Burkina to help fund an animal project for a village pastor. These projects are a huge encouragement to the pastors. They appreciate the "hand up" that these projects provide.
Blessings in Christ,
Please pray with us for Pastor Badiel from Banfora, as we learn together by comparing "local" pigs to improved breed pigs as an income source for village pastors and church planters. We chose Pastor Badiel because he was already working with what he had. His pen is not far from our home, so we will be able to track the progress and document this project well. Not only will this comparative project help his family, but he understands that our work together will benefit many pastors in the future as we learn best practices together.
We are excited to be starting several animal pilot projects with local pastors. We are using pigs, sheep, goats and chickens- depending on the village setting. (Some villages will not accept pigs due to religious and cultural norms.) Our hope is that we can find ways to partner with pastors and church planters to help them start animal husbandry projects that will provide a much needed income source. They are often living in very rough circumstances and unable to meet many of their families' basics needs. By working together to find viable revenue streams, we hope to see these church pastors and planters flourish.
Through small capital investments, we can provide durable housing for these animals as well as the start up stock. The pastors will provide the rest needed to see these projects succeed. Daily labor, veterinary costs, bringing water several times daily and of course food for the animals. One of the difficulties of living and working in one of the poorest countries on earth is that good building materials are hard to find and very expensive. By starting with building shelters on the church property that will stand the test of time, we are laying a foundation for the present pastor as well as any others that come to work in that village in the future.
Aaron & Kristi
Married for 21 years, with 3 children. Serving the King of Kings in Burkina Faso, West Africa.