9th August 2019

Tearfund Latest Prayer Points

 

Sweet like chocolate...

 

 

Daniel is definitely not the first man to make his wife happier by providing more chocolate and he won’t be the last.

 

No doubt we’re conjuring up images of delicious, store-bought decadence. Individually wrapped moments of guilty pleasure. For Daniel, his wife and their seven children, chocolate is a far more important matter. As a cocoa farmer in Ivory Coast, he is part of an agricultural industry which supplies around 33 per cent of cocoa used in chocolate manufacturing around the world.

 

Most of this export produce comes from smallholder farms like Daniel’s farms just big enough to support a family. The income from Daniel and his wife’s land should have been sufficient to sustain them.

 

But the crops were struggling.

 

A bitter taste

It’s a common problem. Soil farmed year after year loses the nutrients essential to healthy produce.

 

Daniel despaired. He understood the issue, but didn’t know how to treat it. He needed new solutions.

 

Then he met Tearfund’s local church partner. They had what he was looking for.

 

‘I attended different training sessions on organic fertilisers and on farming God’s way [ie not damaging to the environment],’ says Daniel. ‘With the lessons learnt...I decided to make my own compost...to enrich the soil of my cocoa farm. Now...my production has doubled.’

 

Sweeter things

Now, Daniel is looking forward to seeing his harvests continue to increase. He has even managed to extend his farm by half a hectare.

 

‘I am very happy,’ says Daniel. ‘My wife is also happy because our income has increased.’

 

The new information and training has been the catalyst for a much sweeter life for Daniel and his family. Who knows? In our next cheeky, chocolatey treat, maybe Daniel’s work will have made ours a little sweeter too.

 

 

 

PLEASE PRAY

 

 

* Thank God for Daniel and his family. Praise God for their lives and their happiness. Pray that their crops will continue to succeed.

* Pray for Ivory Coast and for each farmer who works there and that we will remember that, even though we may be far away, we are all one body and our lives affect each other in practical and spiritual ways.

* Thank God for the work of our partners. Pray for increased knowledge and innovation, which can be shared and continue to transform lives.

 

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A note from...

 

 

‘This story is a great example of how God puts resources all around us, but with some new skills and a change in perspective, those resources can be used so much more effectively. Please pray for our partners as they help people like Daniel to discover their God-given potential and abilities, and thank God for the transformation that we are seeing in so many lives.’

 

Esther Lindop

West Africa team

 

 

PRAYER POINTS FROM

AROUND THE WORLD

 

 

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Prayer Item #1

 

Heavy rainfall in Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital city, caused flash flooding last weekend. Pray for those who have been affected and for Tearfund's staff and partners as they support the local response. Please also pray against further floods and mudslides.

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Prayer Item #2

 

A ceasefire has temporarily ended months of airstrikes in northern Syria. Pray for wisdom amongst leaders so that this ceasefire may be extended, protecting civilian lives. Pray for improved access to the region for humanitarian aid, so that those affected by the conflict can receive the help and care they need.

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Prayer Item #3

 

A UN report released on Thursday has highlighted the need to drastically change the way that land is used around the world. Deforestation and intensive farming in particular are having a devastating effect on the climate. Pray that governments and corporations will heed these warnings and take immediate action to restore God’s creation.

 

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