Drought has oppressed the Turkana people of Northwest Kenya for the past four years. It has left the oldest and youngest most vulnerable to malnutrition and death. The written reports we received in 2017 along with pictures of cracked earth and livestock carcasses have been heart wrenching.
Throughout the last few years, IDES has provided funding for emergency food distributions and clean water wells. The drought has been so severe, that immediate relief for the sake of survival was the necessary route of response.
One of IDES' mission partners, Christian Missionary Fellowship International (CMFI) , has spent these years developing and mastering a model for irrigation farms that can provide a sustainable source of food and income to multiple families per plot. At the end of 2017, IDES asked for your help to provide funding to establish more of these farms as a long-term solution to the hunger crisis caused by the drought.
IDES was committed to raising funds to create at least 10 irrigation farms, but thanks to your generosity we have already surpassed this goal with enough funds to create at least 14 farms! (*NOTE: At the time of Rick and Nancy's filming the message below, we had enough to create 13 farms, but now we are up to enough for 14 farms! Praise God.)
Recently, two staff members from CMFI sat down with us to share about this project in more detail.
One of the most scandalizing passages in the whole Bible is Matthew 5:43-48.
Nestled within the ever-practical Sermon on the Mount, Jesus delivers the following words like a gut-punch to our naturally self-defensive souls:
"43 You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."