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‘My cows need to rest too!’ Faith and farming in Nigeria

‘When I heard that God wants animals to rest (Deut. 5:12–15) I was convicted because I had been letting my neighbours use my cows for ploughing when I went to church on Sunday. I now realise that my cows need to rest too and I will amend this.’

The Bible in action Bryony Lines
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A Nigerian farmer with some cassavas (stock photo)

This is what one participant reported in January, after a Faith and Farming workshop in Nigeria. Colleagues Yunana Malgwi and Katharine Norton were invited by the Tugbiri translation team to hold a Faith and Farming workshop in their area, which is three hours from Jos. Twenty farmers attended, and three men did sentence-by-sentence interpretation of the teaching into the Tugbiri language. Topics included Farmers in the Bible, Farming in God’s Strength Without Using Drugs, Jesus’s Agricultural Parables, Conserving Trees, and Traditional Farming Methods.