Kalinda's husband, Anton, stood in the night air, just outside the house. It was the end of a long day at work, capped by a family dinner. The children were in bed, and Anton and Kalinda prepared for their nightly respite. Enjoying one last moment under the starry sky, Anton suddenly felt faint. He crumpled to the ground, his life extinguished by cardiac arrest.
As the calf grew, Mala and her siblings were able to start tilling their formerly barren land and grow produce for their daily meals. For this precious family, the gift of a water buffalo opened the doors to food security through subsistence farming. The impact of a water buffalo for this poor family was enormous.
"If you had the opportunity to visit the mission field," shares Dr. K.P. Yohannan, founder of GFA, "there would be thousands of people you could meet whose lives have been touched by gifts such as chickens, goats and rickshaws. These unlikely gifts brought them a means of income they most likely never could have gained otherwise. Recipients of these gifts are finding hope, both in this world and in the love of Christ."
A water buffalo is like a savings account on four legs.
With the financial burden eased, Kalinda can work joyfully for her employer, knowing there will be enough food at home. She does not have to worry about the future. Every other year a new calf is born, which is almost like a savings account on four legs. Each calf can be sold for around $220—a substantial amount for a poor family in Asia!