I am more than just a cow

1 Jun

Last Sunday, we had the opportunity to share at our home church (Stone Creek) about our plans for Africa.  We went through all the basics, Karamojong culture and our ministry roles with CLIDE, but what we really chose to focus on was the connection between people and their animals.

We frequently encounter a lot of confusion from people when they don’t understand the connection between veterinary medicine and Christian ministry.  Rachel does a great job of bridging the gap for people, walking them through how vital a role livestock can play in a society.  She always talks about how in the US, people are disconnected from animals used for production.  Their experience with animals is usually just as pets, not as a source of food, labor, or money.  She also does a great job of explaining the connection between the decreasing livestock population in Karamoja and child slavery (see our previous post “50,000 Ugandan Children Sold“).

So, our theme for our presentation was I am more than just a cow.  Based on an idea from a friend (thank you Jenni!), we created this graphic to emphasize all the benefits that a cow can have in a livestock-based community.  Since this idea is so critical to understanding the importance of our ministry, we constructed (thanks Dad!) a 2.5 x 4 foot wooden version of the same cow to stand on the stage with us.  It looked great and hopefully helped everyone make the connection between meeting important physical needs (through livestock development projects) and building relationships to begin addressing spiritual needs.

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3 Responses to “I am more than just a cow”

  1. Kim Carney June 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Love it!

  2. Oma June 2, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Your presentation brought your mission to life for me. Thank you for being the willing hands, feet and heart who have said ‘Yes’ and are going to the Karamojong people on our behalf and fulfilling the Great Commission. I continue to pray for you.

  3. Jennifer October 4, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    I love the way you explained that! Thanks for sharing (and your other stories too), they make me remember what it was like transitioning here. Don’t worry, it won’t be too long and it will all seem so easy. Or not.

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