Farmers in Niger are planting drought-resistant crops that help feed their hungry villages.Abdou* looks to the sky. His crops are thirsting for rain. But the sun only glares back. The forecast: extremely hot, zero precipitation.
Blistering heat oppresses anything Abdou attempts to grow in rural Niger. He, his family, and his entire village depend on the rainy season to survive. But in recent years, it has become very unpredictable. Sometimes the wet season seems like it’s all but drying up.
As disappointing months come and go, Abdou’s hope fades like moisture from the air. Yet, his hope is not lost. God is using generosity like yours to refresh and restore him and his family. “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered” (Proverbs 11:25, ESV).
Moringa Plants Bring Hope
Samaritan’s Purse is working with Nigerien farmers, including Abdou, to improve agricultural techniques and introduce drought-resistant crops and marketable vegetables. Moringa is one example.“Its leaves are good for consumption, and we also sell some of it to support ourselves,” Abdou explained. “Moringa also provides shade, which helps protect against the scorching sun and heat.”
It’s a treat for the eyes to see moist, green vegetation sprouting from the red, chalky soil. Best of all, these plants add welcome nutrients to the daily diets of men, women, and children. Extra vitamins and minerals are essential where famine is never far off.
“Now we can eat what we produce,” Abdou shared. “We have learned so much from this project.”
In a land where the climate can be terribly unforgiving, the message of a merciful, loving God makes a powerful impression on hearts.
Showing the Love of Jesus
“Christians have shown us the true love of Jesus,” said Abdou. “We are thankful that they came to teach us and share their knowledge about Jesus with us. There is no greater love than that. This project has changed our attitudes.”
When you give gifts like hardy seeds, useful tools, and life-changing knowledge and skills, you help nourish hungry families around the world. You empower farmers like Abdou to enjoy the fruits of their labor. And you do it in Jesus’ Name—sharing the hope of the Gospel with those who are not just physically hungry but also spiritually famished.
“We appreciate all the help provided by Samaritan’s Purse in our village,” expressed Abdou. “Today, we can take care of ourselves, and we are able to help those who do not have the means to do so.”