When you’re hungry, you give up something each day. A parent gives up their cup of rice to share with a starving child. A young girl gives up her dream of reading. Poverty demands sacrifice.
This newsletter is not about guilt, but it is a reminder that perspective is everything.
Congregations and people around the world will soon begin celebrating the season of Lent. As an expression of their faith, individuals and families will make sacrifices as a daily reminder of the sacrifice made on their behalf.
Whether you celebrate Lent or not, the act of giving up something important to you can be a powerful experience.
We’d like to invite you to dedicate your season of Lent to Heifer. Giving to Heifer as a part of your Lent sacrifice is a wonderful way to honor the spirit of helping the poor. If you don’t celebrate Lent, consider giving something up in solidarity with your world neighbors, whose lives are full of daily sacrifice.
The average weekly wage in Uganda is $5.38. The average meal out in the United States costs $35.65, just over six weeks’ wages for a Ugandan family. Imagine the impact you can have by just donating six meals during the six weeks of Lent – the $210 you’d donate to Heifer could provide a community with a goat, honeybees and 3 flocks of chicks. What a life-changing gift that would be!
You can make this challenge even more impactful by asking family and friends to join you as well. Together, you could feed a whole village and give them the tools to transform.
This season of Lent, sacrifice can be meaningful and life-changing. You’ll know families are being lifted out of poverty and relieved from hunger.
By sacrificing for a short time, you can help create a whole new life free from poverty for families who now sacrifice every day. Won't you join us?
Pierre U. Ferrari
President and CEO