Caring for the Widows and Orphans
Samburu Widow's Goat Project

Samburu Widow’s Goat Project

Caring for the Widows and Orphans

Do right; seek justice, defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.  ~~Isaiah 1:17  NIV

Samburu Widow’s Goat Project

For the woman who becomes a widow in parts of Africa, she then becomes an outcast to the society.  The pain and sorrow she must feel as she has lost her husband, but now feels the rejection of her own people, her government and others.   She is left to care for her children in a barren and desolate land all alone.

Upon meeting these woman they were at first suspicious of why we would come so far to listen, to care and to then attend to their needs.  The door was then open for us to share the reason we come, I explained to them it is an act of worship unto our Lord Jesus Christ.   They exclaim who is he, is he an American, where does he live?   Oh the beauty of a door swinging wide to share the gospel but to also be the hands and feet of compassion in a real practical way.

Upon much discussion with the women they expressed that they could benefit from goats, so the Goat Project began in 2011.   It was decided that in order to really help them and expand this project we would put in place a covenant agreement with the woman that after receiving the gift of a male and female goat from Vessels of Mercy International that their first offspring must be given to another widow in need in what we are calling “Pass the Gift”.   The ownership of goats will provide the woman different means to support their families, from having milk for their babies, to making cheese, which puts them on a road to restoration both physically, spiritually and socially.

As I departed that day one of the woman shook my hand and said “Thank you for not forgetting us”.  I reminded her that the Lord sees and knows and He will never forget them nor forsake them.

Help us continue to bring Hope and Healing through our Agriculture and Small Livestock Programs. 

The worship that God wants is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help and keeping yourself free from the world’s evil influence. This is the kind of worship that God accepts as pure and good.     James 1: 27 (ERV)