Our current goal is 30 Cows at $700 each for the initial investment. This covers the cost of the cow, medical care and feed.
That is roughly two villages with a teacher.
Need more convincing? Here is the story of Cows for the Kingdom’s first cow, “Jonny 1st.” (Srey Noch)
One of the schoolgirls spoke to Panhnha. She told him that she may not be able to go to school soon, as her family could no longer provide funding for her education.
The father of the family had long since left for the Thai border to look for a job, since then he lacked any information. The family now had an existential problem. The family are: mother, schoolchild, grandma, disabled brother. The mother grows vegetables in the small home garden. People living in the countryside do not really need much to live on. About $30-$40 a month, which is necessary to make the daughter’s next school course possible. Pangha spoke to us after the conversation with the girl and told us what the family situation is like.
God has spoken to us through history and we have decided to buy a cow.
17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “In my dream I was standing on the bank of the Nile, 18 when out of the river there came up seven cows, fat and sleek, and they grazed among the reeds. Genesis 41: 17-18
The concept is actually told quite simply:
“Buy cow cheaply. Fatten for two months with high quality food. Sell cow at a profit.”
Jonny I. (and his successors), Cows for the Kingdom’s first cow, is therefore in the long term ”rented” with the family, the profit they make when selling the cow is payment to the family for accommodation and care of the cow. With the proceeds of the cow, they can then buy the next cow and repeat the process. The profit stays in the family. This is about $70-$80 every two months.
- People learn that they can take care of themselves.
- Responsibility is perceived, “beetle attitude” abandoned.
- Training on livestock, nutrition, and hygiene.
- Descent scenarios that eventually lead to Daughters of Cambodia will (hopefully) be avoided.
- Combine the gospel and good training.
In the long term, we are praying for small groups of houses to start or more. Please pray that God will prepare people. All cows / money in the world does not help in the end unless they have a personal relationship with Jesus.