Rose and her husband, Simon, are farmers in Uganda who grow rice and yams for a living. However, they could never make enough to meet all their needs and pay for their children to go to school.
But when they received 10 chickens, it was just the boost they needed to break free from the abject poverty they’d been living in.
As the chickens multiplied, Rose and Simon first sold some to get the money they needed to repair Rose’s mother’s home which was always leaking and soaked the poor elderly woman when it rained.
Since then the chickens have continued to multiply and they’ve been selling chickens and eggs to pay school fees for their children and to buy other things their family needs. They’ve even exchanged some chickens for a goat—which is also now multiplying. To date Rose has 3 goats, 25 chickens and lots of chicks! (Story taken from the Bright Hope website.)
One way we put our faith into action is by giving to the needs of others. We are surrounded by people in need, even in our own communities, and we should give to help meet those needs.
“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?”1 John 3:17, NIV
We also have opportunities to help the poorest of the poor–those who live in abject poverty in third-world countries, many of whom have no way to get assistance. They don’t have government programs or free education.
Bright Hope is a Christian organization that I have partnered with to help change lives one family at a time. My business supports them monthly through their membership program.
Bright Hope works with many Bible-believing churches in areas of extreme poverty around the world, and they’ve been doing it for over 50 years. They have a stellar reputation for financial accountability as well, so you can trust them with your resources.
Remember the words of Christ:
“‘”For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
‘Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?”
‘The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”‘”Matthew 25:35-40
Right now, Bright Hope is running their chicken campaign. For just $6 you can give a chicken to help lift a family from a cycle of poverty. Watch this short video to learn more.
Because I believe in the ministry of Bright Hope, and I want us to give as many chickens as possible to families in need, I am offering you all four of my books in digital format for FREE if you donate at least $30 to Bright Hope by this Saturday, March 14.
Just email me a copy of your receipt, and I’ll send you the books.
Let’s see how many chickens we can give by Saturday!
For more in our series, Faith in Action, click here.