Cows and Bibles. That’s what it took. They called it “The Greatest Evangelism in One Day.”

Years ago, Emmanuel Namunyu introduced me to Madame Fatuma Monoo. Although Emmanuel was caring for 126 AIDS orphans who were living on his farm, he said that her situation was much worse than his. It was the worst he had ever seen.

Madame Monoo lived on Mt. Elgon, the site of a brutal tribal war.  She told me about thousands of orphans and widows who were left behind from the tragic struggle. CRF wanted to help. 

When I went up Mt. Elgon, I immediately encountered more than a thousand war orphans. I assumed they were the children that Madame Monoo spoke about. But they were actually another group of orphans. So even though we went on to help hundreds of these orphans, they were not the ones Madame Monoo told me about.

Madame Monoo and her community’s widows receiving cows.

A month ago, I met Madame Monoo again. She was with her husband Ndiema, who is the chief of this area. And Alex Cheroben, a previous CRF sponsored student who now preaches at their church, was also with them. They explained to me how Madame Monoo and the widows in her community were still in great need. They were thankful for the orphans that CRF had supported elsewhere on the mountain, but said their community’s widows had not been helped yet.

I asked how we could help.  They said if we were to give them cows and Bibles, they would have food, could start a milk business, and find the Lord. So that’s what we did. Many of our CRF supporters gave for cattle, animals, and Bibles this last Christmas. The village was so impressed with the compassion shown to the widows that two hundred people came to church and 72 of them were baptized. Yes, it was “The Greatest Day of Evangelism” in their community.

Church service on Mt. Elgon.