Rural smallholder farmers, like Lorenzo Rodas Ischalon from Peru, rely on livestock for their livelihoods. Photo: Paul Brigham/Tearfund
All of us are dependent on livestock for different products and services. Whether we live in cities or in rural areas, animals give us so much; from the food that we eat to the clothes that we wear. For many, livestock are also their livelihoods, providing meat, milk, wool and leather, as well as manure for fertilising the land. God created animals to bless us and he even gave Adam the privilege of naming them in the Garden of Eden. But as you will see in this edition, if we are not wise in the way we treat and manage livestock, there can be many problems on both a local and a global level.
For this edition, we have gathered stories, advice and information from across the world. There is an interview with a community-based animal health worker in Kenya, a centre spread feature on animal loan schemes and an article on how to deal with livestock in emergencies. I hope you also enjoy the Bible Study on caring for creation and the radio play, which you might want to perform in a group. You could even create your own play to communicate a message you think is important.
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Blessings from the Footsteps team!
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