How a CWR Project Shares the Gospel

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Covenant missionary Sharon Davis is heading up our chicken project in Cameroon. Her reflections below are a great indication of the great and unique ways the CWR projects spread the gospel:

As a Covenant missionary, I applied to Covenant World Relief (CWR) for a grant to raise chickens. This project’s aim was to increase poultry production within a few sub-divisions of the Northwest Region of Cameroon by readily supplying small farmer groups with brooded chicks for fattening, thereby increasing the income of these farmers.

Two women holding the chickens they rasied from 3 weeks oldA key question on the grant application was “How will the Good News of the Kingdom be demonstrated?” The goal was to be a visible demonstration of the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to transform every aspect of individual and community life. I was going to do this through holding weekly one-hour meetings: 30 minutes for business and training on raising and marketing chickens, and 30 minutes of Bible study. The meetings were to demonstrate the Good News of the Kingdom by showing what the gospel means when it says “desiring for your neighbor and your neighbor’s family that which you desire for yourself and your family”. Living the gospel means bettering the quality of other people’s lives spiritually, physically, socially, and emotionally as you better your own. Living the gospel means sharing in the suffering and pain of others.

The chicken project was like a key in a locked door. The chicken project opened the door for the Good News of the Kingdom. It allowed us to communicate in our heart language. It affirmed the dignity of people, motivated them, and helped them take responsibility for their own lives. It made them disciples of Jesus Christ, and it equipped them to evangelize and make disciples for Christ.

We are grateful for project leaders like Sharon who care so deeply about both community and spiritual development. Click here to give to agriculture projects like this one.

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