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Goats are being used to fund barefoot evangelists in China

By November 3, 2004

China (MNN) — Terrible poverty in the remote regions of Yunnan Province, China is drawing the attention of The Bridge International . Living in hamlets that cling to steep mountain slopes, the people eke out a meager living by mainly growing corn and buck-wheat. School buildings are falling down, health care doesn’t exist and electricity and water are extremely rare.

The Bridge International is helping Lisu people out of their economic troubles by loaning goats to the villagers. Since few farm animals survive in the high altitude, minimal vegetation and harsh climate, goats thrive in such conditions. So, they purchased nearly 500 goats to loan to the village.

The goal is to target the poorest and most inaccessible villages where a bare-footed evangelist is supported, raise funds to buy several hundred goats, loan them to one of the local church leaders, and after two years the herd is returned and then lent out to another village. The goal: to plant a profitable business to help sustain life, which will be a great testimony to those watching.

Pray that this ministry will be successful and will not only help sustain life, but will also spread the hope of the Gospel.

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