The Gift of Hope for Zambia

With the holiday season just around the corner, our thoughts often shift to holly and tinsel, Christmas trees and frosted sugar cookies, and of course, to giving and receiving presents.

But as Christmas approaches, we invite you to remember our brothers and sisters in Zambia and around the world who fight every day just to survive. They’re not concerned with getting every gift on their list; they’re worried about how to feed their kids. Over the next few months, we would like to share several stories from Zambia that show us what Christmas is really about—thanking God for His gift of Jesus and sharing His love with others.

Over the coming weeks, we will tell you about desperate farmers who struggle to put food on the table and about heartbroken parents who long to provide healing care for their disabled kids. As you read these stories, close your eyes and imagine yourself in their places. What would you do? How would you feel? Where would you turn?

As you ponder these questions, let’s journey to Zambia and hear our first story about a struggling subsistence farmer…

It’s still dark outside. No one else is awake but a farmer* preparing to walk to his fields. He gets dressed quietly so he won’t wake his kids. He heads out the door to begin his three-mile walk to the farm.

When he arrives, he spends the day harvesting his small corn field. He keeps enough to feed his family and puts the extra into a bag. With a 110-pound bag of corn, he makes the trek to town, eager to return home to his family with some money.

Unfortunately, since he has no way to grind his corn into flour, which would yield a much higher price, he must sell his bag for the lowest price.

This is the life of a subsistence farmer in Zambia.

Zambia is one of the poorest nations in Africa. Sixty percent of the people live below the poverty line, barely scraping by on $2 per day, with little hope of ever getting out.

Zambian subsistence farmers feel trapped—their livelihoods completely dependent on the quality of their one small cash crop. Most of what they grow can barely feed their families.

With little extra cash and no public access to credit, subsistence farmers can’t invest in their agricultural production. They live on the razor-thin edge, barely surviving and constantly worried about the future.

But there is Hope! With the proper tools and knowledge, he could maximize his profit by processing his own corn. It is too much for him to do alone, but his church has a vision to help.

Bright Hope’s Hope for Tomorrow program has a way to help subsistence farmers turn their small crops into income-generating businesses by:

Giving churches funds to purchase agricultural equipment to process crops locally, extract cooking oil from seeds, produce food for livestock, and open doors to the higher-priced markets. Subsistence farmers will now have the chance to potentially triple their incomes.

Organizing and training farmers to store their crops locally and sell when prices are high.

All these new initiatives cost money. One grinding mill alone can cost $4,000. But when churches purchase and own the equipment, they can rent it out at affordable prices to local farmers.

Would you consider how God wants you to help? As you buy Christmas gifts for your loved ones this holiday season, please consider giving a gift of $50, $100 or even $150 to help hardworking farmers from remote villages around the world.

Your gift today will provide practical tools that will make a real difference, blessing these farmers and bringing Hope for Today, Tomorrow and Eternity to the poorest of the poor.

Thank you for showing how much you care for the extreme poor around the world!

The Bright Hope Promise

Bright Hope is a registered 501(c)(3) charity, and a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. We have been engaging the local church around the world for more than 45 years in the global fight against extreme poverty in their communities. We are committed to helping the extreme poor with the most effective and efficient methods, and we promise to treat every penny donated as if God, Himself, gave it to us.