While "Spirituality" is one of Heifer's 12 Cornerstones, we're not a church organization. And in our halls, you'll find people who exercise spirituality in any number of ways. And of course, the project participants we work with around the world practice many different forms of spirituality. But a common theme among all these forms seems to be that of giving.
I was reminded of the power of giving this morning when I got an e-mail from Jan Schrock, daughter of Heifer founder Dan West. She was looking for some photos to illustrate a talk she's giving in the little town of Denmark, ME. She sent me the following link to the Portland (ME) Press Herald.
The story is about a group of children at a church in Denmark who were saving their Sunday collections to buy a Heifer Ark (15 pairs of Heifer animals: cost, $5,000). Just before Christmas, someone kicked in the door of the church and stole their money, totaling about $1,000. I know-- sucks, right? That's Chapter One.
Chapter Two was written this morning (Jan. 23) when Portland Press Herald columnist Bill Nemitz ran the following footnote to the original story:
I don't know about you, but for me, that restored a little faith after a gloomy weekend.