Spirituality

CORNERSTONE: SPIRITUALITY

Spirituality

HOW IT WORKS:

Spirituality is expressed in common beliefs about the value and meaning of all life, a sense of connectedness to the Earth and a shared vision of the future. While Heifer International has its roots in the Church of the Brethren, the mission embraces people of all faiths, both as contributors and recipients.

IN ACTION:

It doesn't matter where you go (or don't go) to worship, all of the world's great religions call upon us to give. Contribute time, money, expertise and goodwill whenever you can.

Projects
Donors

Heifer Mission Trip

United States of America

I was one of the adults who visited Heifer Ranch in Arkansas from June 18-20 with the Ottawa Kansas First United Methodist Group. I wrote the following poem about our experience and I plan to read it on August 2nd when we give our presentation to the church. Someone suggested I send it to you! Click the title of this story to read more...

Donors

Saint Paul's Sunday School Offering

Throughout the 2014-15 school year, students at Saint Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen, OH decided to raise funds for Heifer International. Click the title of this story to read more...

Donors

Golden Rule Sunday School

Our Golden Rule Sunday School has been supporting Heifer International for several years. Social action projects are a big part of our program, and we try to combine local and international projects, including volunteering at a nearby forest preserve, collecting books for children that have no books in their home, making lunches for a homeless shelter, and an ongoing change jar to collect for Heifer International. Click the title of this story to read more...

Events

St. Andrew Faith Formation Raises an Ark

We filled the Ark and had a great time doing it! ...As an incentive, the Religious Education staff promised to kiss a pig if the goal was reached. Click on the title of this story to read more...

Events

The Talk of the Town

The Ark became the conversational topic of the community. It offered our members a wonderful opportunity to spread the word of the fantastic work done by Heifer International. Click the title of this story to read more...

Donors

Goats Can Change Lives!

On Wednesday, the Vacation Bible School at Henderson United Methodist Church in Little Rock received a visit from Heifer Village and learned how a simple animal, such as a goat, can have a great impact on families in need! Click the title of this story to read more...

Donors

Good Shepherd Sunday

...I had challenged the children of our congregation (ten children ages 3- to 11-years old) to help raise money to buy one sheep for Heifer. And when I gave them that challenge, one of the older girls said that they would raise enough for two sheep and the rest of the children cheered--they were very enthusiastic! Click the title of this story to read more.

Donors

Abbey's Animals at Grace UMC

Abbey's Animals is the name of our Heifer International Mission Project at Grace United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. Named after one of our youngest members, Abbey goes around with the feed bucket and collects spare change every week. At the end of the year, we let her choose from a list how to spend our money. At the end of 2014 we raised $425, which Abbey chose to purchase one goat, a share of sheep, a flock of chicks and to send a girl to school. We can't wait to see what our small but mighty church will do this year! - Sandy Lundberg

Donors

7th Grade Class Raises Awareness and Creates Impact

Isaiah and her classmates at Gideon Hauser Jewish Day School know a lot about creating change and social justice... Click the title of this story to read more!

Donors

Special Offering Raises Money and Support

During the months of February and March the Sunday School classrooms at Sunnyside Baptist Church in Wichita, KS devoted a special offering to Heifer International. Debbie Haynes, Sunday School Superintendent, shared, "We take a Sunday school offering in each class every Sunday. Those funds are to help offset the cost of our Sunday school supplies." While they continued to take their regular Sunday school offering during this time, they wanted to take some time to bless others, "to help in some way to meet their needs." Debbie decorated a bulletin board with pictures from the Heifer International website and added the cost of each gift (similar to the flyer featured). Each class set a fundraising goal that they considered to be a challenge, but found that those goals were easy to surpass! To the 60 Sunday school students, Heifer International would like to thank you for the generous gift! Your $786.27 gift will do more than just help a community, it will be passed on for generations to come!

Donors

First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton is Raising Funds for Heifer Nepal

Nepal

First Presbyterian is raising funds for the Heifer Nepal project participants affected by the recent earthquakes. We hope these eye-catching posters help them reach their goal! First Presbyterian can be reached at www.fpceh.org.

Donors

Union UMC Students Name Their Heifers

Dear Heifer: Some weeks ago I began a project with the children of Union United Methodist Church to raise money for a heifer cow. Click the title of this story to read more...

Donors

Christmas in July

In July of 2014, the Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church in Pensacola, FL put together their time and effort to raise funds for Heifer International. The first paragraph of their initial fundraiser flier used to call congregants to give reads: "Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church are committed to helping others by extending a hand up rather than a handout. Their goal is to collect $5,000 to fill an ark for Heifer International in the month of July."

Events

St. Charles Borromeo Living Gift Market

A few weeks ago, Heifer International heard from Anne Nixon-Ellery with St. Charles Borromeo church. She briefly described an upcoming event that her church was hosting with a link to the focus of their Heifer International fundraiser. Click the title of this story to read more...

Donors

From the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Sunday School Students

Emmanuel Episcopal Church has supported Heifer International since 1991! During the 2014 holiday season, Heifer received a handwritten note along with a sketch of their donation designations--a llama and honeybees. During the month of November, the Sunday School students at Emmanuel Church raised $180 selling handcrafted ornaments! Click the title of this story to read more...

Donors

Joyful Noise

"We excitedly share the amount of a 'Gift Ark' from our 'Joyful Noise' collection! Our congregation supports us as we learn to be God's servants by our participation in the church service with the collection of their coins once a month. We use this offering as an on-going service project to help those in need. Thank you for accepting our gift to support your mission! The children of Glossbrenner United Methodist Church"

Donors

Once There Was and Was Not

Armenia

The young ladies in my 4th and 5th grade Sunday School class raised this money as a Fall project at Charity UMC. We did a modified Read to Feed program using the book Once There Was and Was Not. The girls hosted a lasagna dinner on November 12th and distributed Arks to the adult Sunday school classes. Click the title of this story to read more...

Projects

Emilia from Slovakia

Emilia is a member of the impoverished Roma community and the chickens her family received are empowering them to overcome the severe discrimination her people face.

Donors

A Vacation Bible School Missions Project

Uganda

On behalf of the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in LeMars, Iowa, I am writing with thanks for your wonderful organization! We had the privilege of using your cause and organization for our children's annual vacation bible school missions project. The students loved learning about all the ways you help families and communities. Our attendees raised over $500.00 to donate, and with the help of our church's Mission Commission, we recently donated in the amount of $630.00 to you! Click the title of this story to read more...

Donors

East Hampton Church Celebrates Mother's Day Heifer Style

Can you think of a more appropriate day to kick off the Heifer Project than Mother’s Day? Heifer is all about mothers, mothers and their babies. Heifer mothers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes from tiny, little fish to….well, big mothers with udders like me. Have you ever seen a finer specimen?

Events

Generous Congregation Receives Ark Plaque

Kenya

On Sunday November 17th, Linda McBee and I had the pleasure of going to Fort Bragg to present the pastor, Dan Fowler, and his congregation, with an Ark Plaque for their generous donation of $8,000 for a goat project in Nduma near Nairobi, Kenya. We were warmly welcomed by the church members and were each given a gift of a jar of ingredients to make a winter bean soup.

Projects
Donors

Emma Remembered Through Gift

My gift to Heifer is a gift to Emma as well. Flowers and cards seemed wrong, but I knew it was no coincidence that I thought of Heifer International to remember her by. I know her family will also appreciate it because the message Heifer spreads is one that they share.

Projects

Cornerstones: The Quintessential Way of Life

What is the significance of Cornerstones? Why are these given so much prominence? Vineeta Sharma, administrative officer for Heifer India, gives her thoughtful take on Heifer's 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development.