Alice Keen, Editor
This week I went to stay with some friends who keep chickens and each day I was able to have a tasty fresh egg for breakfast. The area where they live used to be one of the centres of chicken farming in the UK, with thousands of people involved in the industry. Chickens were helping people to make a living and also keeping them healthy with plenty of eggs and meat. Now many of the farms have closed and there is a lot of unemployment in the area.
Across the world many people depend on poultry keeping for their food and their livelihoods. In fact, so many Footsteps readers got in touch with us asking for more information on this topic that we decided we needed to do a whole issue! We have included articles on nutrition and food safety, chicken health and some ideas on how to make money from your birds.
Poultry keeping has the potential to help to lift people out of poverty. If you already keep chickens or other birds, we hope that this issue will give you some new ideas and information which you can use and share with others. If you are thinking of starting a small chicken project, we hope you will find the stories inspiring and the advice useful.
Sharing what we learn is powerful. Can I encourage you to share just one piece of information from this issue of Footsteps with someone you know? If all our readers do that, we will be doubling the impact of the magazine. And more importantly than that, it pleases God when we use what we know to bless those around us. My prayer is that in doing this we will all be able to echo Paul’s words in Acts 20:35 ‘In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”’ May you be blessed as you share!
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