A Christmas Wish: Peace on Earth (Especially in Burundi)
Written by Plant With Purpose on December 16, 2011 in General
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors! — Luke 2:14
We all have our Christmas wish lists, whether on Amazon or eBay or scribbled on some Post-its and stuffed into our coat pockets.
The rural poor have their wish lists, too. Their hopes are simple, really — the opportunity to make a living, food on the table for their families, a better tomorrow for their children. This year, farmers from the communities where Plant With Purpose works have given us a few specific requests for their Christmas wish lists.
Take Gervais for example. He is a subsistence farmer living in Burundi, one of the three poorest countries in the world – largely due to the pattern of civil war and genocide the country has experienced over the past four decades.
Plant With Purpose has organized farmer groups there that teach techniques to create more productive farms—training that brings both peace and prosperity. Gervais agrees, saying a great benefit of his group is friendship and unity as they work together in the fields.
There is a Burundian proverb that goes, “Munda harana inzara hakazinduka inzingo,” meaning “The stomach thatgoes to bed hungry wakes up jealous.” When farmers like Gervais can provide food for their families, they begin to work together with their neighbors for a better tomorrow.
This Christmas season, you can promote peace on earth (or in Burundi at least) through the gift of seeds, tools, and training.
Also, please take a few minutes to read about a number of life-changing gifts on our Christmas Wish List that will turn a Christmas 2011 wish into a long-term gift for many.