Extreme poverty is hard to see. As a result, there are some places I visit that I would never want to return to. Sometimes, I’ve felt that way when I’ve seen poverty-stricken areas around the world. However, the place I’m about to share with you is different. Let me explain why sustainable farming is turning lives around.
I witnessed God’s presence in the hearts of the people there. Despite the scorching heat, the arid and sandy landscape, and the seemingly hopeless conditions, when I spoke with followers of Jesus, a radiant light shone in their eyes. Truly, the hope they had found in Jesus resonated in their voices.
Over the past five years, a remarkable oasis has emerged in the heart of the Turkana, Kenya landscape. It’s a place filled with lush greenery and succulent watermelons. You’d think you were on a farm in the American Midwest, but no. This oasis stands amid a dry and barren land and among a people in desperate need.
The members of our church partner working in Turkana come from various backgrounds and possess diverse spiritual gifts. Some are educators who teach our apprentice farmers how to read. Many of these farmers begin the program without the ability to read or write. Illiteracy puts them at a significant disadvantage in the marketplace when negotiating with customers who want to purchase their fruits and vegetables.
Other church members excel in offering encouragement and discipleship. They engage with women and trainees, discussing their lives, inspiring them to have faith in Jesus, and guiding them toward living a biblical life.
My heart swells with joy as I recall the moments I shared with the Turkana farming families who are following the path out of extreme poverty.
Join Us As We Expand the Natoot Farm
Now, you and I have an opportunity to expand our impact in the drought-ridden community of Natoot. Currently the Natoot Farm helps 135 families. But with the recent addition of 13 acres, we can raise that number by 150 additional families! And each new farming family will receive training in farming, literacy, access to essential healthcare and understanding the Word of God. This transformation is being guided by the local indigenous church and our dedicated Bright Hope field staff.
I can’t think of a more meaningful place to contribute than supporting Christians in the poorest regions of Africa as they aid the most marginalized within their own communities and country. Will you join me in making a sacrificial gift?
This campaign is short, so we need to make progress quickly if we want to raise the $50,000 necessary to expand the farm. Will you join me in praying for God’s blessing on this land and asking God to provide every dollar needed?
What Can You Do About Extreme Poverty?
The Natoot Farm has become a beacon of hope in this desolate region. Now is the time to shine that light even brighter so that 150 new families can each receive a plot of land and change the trajectories of their lives.
Your gift of $70 will make a significant impact in transforming one person’s life through the farm. And your gift of $350 will provide an entire family with a plot of land with irrigation and access to solar-powered pumps and high-capacity water tanks. Your contribution of any amount will be aimed at freeing families from extreme poverty. Thank you for prayerfully considering how you can get involved in supporting the Natoot Farm.