Pratul never imagined how radically his life would change because of a cow.
When Pratul received a cow at a Christmas gift distribution organized by GFA-supported pastor Dayal almost 10 years ago, he was a poor farmer unable to feed his family every day. Working hard all day raising crops and not being able to sit down to a complete meal demoralized Pratul.
Pratul tried buying a cow to add to his two oxen so he could increase his harvest, but he was always short of funds. Because his family had depended entirely on farming for their livelihood, and Pratul—being born poor—could never invest in his farm, they could not break the cycle of poverty that trapped them.
Christmas Cow Gives Immediate Blessings
The day Pratul received his Christmas gift triggered an avalanche of blessings in his life. Within a few months, his cow gave birth, providing milk for the family as well as the calf. As the calf grew, it became strong and went to work in the fields with Pratul’s oxen. It turned out to be the extra labor he had tried for years to purchase.
In addition to having a steady supply of milk and an additional cow to till the fields, Pratul no longer had to spend money on fertilizer. He was able to use the cow dung produced by the two beasts to fertilize his fields. This freed up money to purchase more crops—crops he now had the work force to grow. The family planted pumpkins, potatoes, spinach and other green vegetables, maximizing the income they could produce.
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