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 & Families
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An Ark from United Church of Christ in Stanfordville

It is with great pleasure that we have enclosed a check for $5,000 to give an Ark through Heifer International. Our small, rural congregation initially established this goal 2 1/2 years ago. We have been steadily working toward it using various fundraising efforts. It has truly been a group effort in that money was received from our Sunday School children, our youth group, our women's fellowship, Sunday mission offerings and individual donations. We support in the work of Heifer, especially the idea of Passing on the Gift. We are excited at the prospect of our gift multiplying to provide sustainability, self-reliance and hope to people around the globe. We are blessed and grateful to be able to share this gift. Thank you for the opportunity to reach far beyond our small town to give assistance to those who need it most.

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Grinnell UCC Raises an Ark with Rhyme and Sweets

Holy Heifer! We're headed for Heaven... Look what's happening November 7! Ok, we now have it straight 1992 was our last bazaar date. It pulled together our congregation, including the town in pursuit of our mission. Now "All hands on deck," we're rockin' the boat, We want this Heifer idea to float! So plan to embark on this bazaar craft, Celebrating our church both "fore and aft." November 7 is the date to snare, Creating gifts to eat, give or wear. You may be called for a unique treasure, To sell for someone else's pleasure. So collect your thoughts and come aboard, We've done this before and our spirits have soared! Come one by one or two by two, We'll be counting on the likes of you. Signed MJ and Sue (Click the title of this story to learn more about Grinnell UCC's fundraiser.)

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Ark Quilt Raises Money and Awareness for Heifer

Dear Heifer International, Enclosed please find a check in the amount of $5,000 from the congregation at First United Methodist Church in Three Rivers, Texas. We are a very small congregation; however, the youth of our church and our congregation greatly support your goal of "giving people a hand up, not a hand out." The enclosed donation is from "Heifer Offerings" which are taken every fourth Sunday of the month. One of our members, Diana Hill, created a beautiful "Ark Quilt." Members chose an animal or plant to be embroidered on the quilt and made a donation to our Heifer fund; the name of the donor was embroidered on the back of the quilt. The completed quilt sold to the highest bidder for $1,500 in a silent auction at our church. This is the second time we have raised enough funds to purchase an "Ark." Heifer's accomplishments are impressive. Sincerely, Sammie Huff Kohlman Mission and Evangelism Committee

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What Heifer Gifts Mean to Sunday School Students at New Salem UMC

Submitted by Lila | Georgia | "The girls became interested in Heifer International as they were studying with their teacher and an article by Heifer was included with the lesson. They began to collect some money for Heifer by bringing a quarter a week." | (Click the title of this story to read more!)

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Magazine UMC Promotes Heifer During Advent

February 8, 2016 My Sunday School Class promoted Heifer during Advent for our church to raise money. They studied what different animals help in different areas, what they provide and how they can help people in many places. They set up a display table with the animals and other explanations of what they provide for the congregation to see. The photos enclosed are from a skit they did one Sunday promoting knowledge of the animals. I am proud of their work! Sincerely, Barbara H., Mission Chairman

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Crystal Maruffo's Ark

Congratulations to Crystal Maruffo whose story of quitting smoking to raise an Ark for Heifer appeared in the Holiday 2015 issue of the World Ark! The Christmas Eve offering at her church, the Goshen City Church of the Brethren, helped her reach her goal. In one year’s time, Crystal and the friends she has inspired have raised the money for an Ark. Thanks, Crystal, for your dedication and perseverance! And thanks to all who contributed after reading the article. You have been an inspiration to Crystal, as well. Submitted by Peggy Reiff Miller (If you would like to read more about Crystal's Ark, check out the World Ark Blog here: http://www.heifer.org/join-the-conversation/blog/2016/January/crystals-ark-raised.html.)

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Science Hill Friends Sunday School Gave Up Christmas Gifts for Heifer

Dear Heifer International, Enclosed are multiple checks for Heifer International. Thank you for allowing us to extend a helping hand. The kids in Science Hill Friends Sunday School class, grades four through six, wanted to make a difference in the world, if only a small one. This year, instead of exchanging gifts with each other, we chose to raise money for Heifer International. The class wanted to raise enough money to purchase a cow for a family in need. They all agreed theyw ould not receive a gift from their teacher and vise versa and their project would be funded with that money. They made pottery plates and filled them with homemade cookies and designed a tee shirt ("Because I gave up one Christmas gift a family is able to eat for a month!"). Pottery plates/cookies and tee shirts were sold for $10 each. One hundred percent of the proceeds were donated to Heifer International. Our church, Science Hill Friends agreed to match whatever we raised. We raised $560.00, therefore there are check enclosed totaling $1,120.00. We appreciate this opportunity to learn, share and be grateful. Thank you! Friends, Haven, Hgnat, Kara, Kaley, Annabelle, Silas, Mackenzie & Tammy Submitted by Tammy G.

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Penny Sunday at Zion UCC

Dear friends at Heifer International, We are a small church in rural Indiana that first supported the Heifer Project in 1960 when the church and Sunday School, as part of a special mission project, raised $358.00, and the pastor, George Knapp, personally went with the heifers on the ship that delivered them that summer! Our Sunday School began having "Penny Sunday - Kids Helping Kids" 19 years ago, raising money for different mission projects each year, and as recently as 2006, Heifer International has been one of them. Once again over the past year, the children have collected $2,000.00 from our small but amazingly generous congregation. (The enclosed picture of our church family was taken at our Rally Day in September.) We have learned many things about Heifer International, not the least being what a "heifer" is! (Okay, some of us were not raised on one of the surrounding farms and only knew there were "girl" cows and "boy" cows!) Anyway, we hope that this amount will help provide two Milk Menageries or whatever is needed most by kids somewhere. Yours truly, Laura Claus Penny Sunday Person

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Holy Spirit Catholic Church Donates Their Thirteenth Ark!

July 6, 2015 Enclosed, please find checks totaling $5,407. As we have done the past eleven years, Holy Spirit used the Lenten and Easter seasons to raise money and awareness of world hunger by donating money to Heifer International for the purchase of an "Ark." During this period of time, the parishioners of Holy Spirit have contributed over $65,000 in support of projects, activities, and programs sponsored by Heifer International. Parishioners were encouraged to donate the money they would have otherwise spent based on their Lenten sacrifice. If someone gave up coffee for Lent, we suggested they take the money they would have spent and donate it to Heifer. In addition, our Christian Formation Program (religious education for our school-aged children) held their second annual end of year carnival and contributed over $1,800 of the total listed above. On behalf of the parishioners at Holy Spirit, I would like to thank you for your continued efforts in alleviating world hunger and of truly living the Gospel message "I was hungry and you fed me." May God continue to bless your work and the ministry of Heifer International. Peace, Deacon Rich Akins

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Pennies Make a Bigger Impact than Anticipated

Dear Heifer, Enclosed is a check from the Chidlren of First Christian Church, Louisburg, KS, in the amount of $501.42! The children collected pennies over the course of several months, 6 months at least, and with the help of one of our adult Sunday School classes, this was the amount they collected! As they always do, before they started this latest round of penny gathering, they voted on what animal they would like to make available to a family and the winner of their vote this time around was Heifer! Imagine that! We keep Heifer International in our prayers and thank God for what you do to help all of God's children. Sincerely, The Children of First Christian Church Sandy Harris, Jr. Minister Shortly after this letter was received When Cows Fly Coordinator Amy Dieringer reached out to Sandy to learn more about the fundraiser. Years ago, the church donated a camel for $850. For the past 3 or 4 years, the church has held a fundraiser, tracking progress through a chart displayed for the entire congregation to see. Sandy and her congregation believe fundraising is an essential part of worship.

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Sunday School Students Raise Funds for a Milk Menagerie

This is a picture of the Sunday School kids at Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brookfield Wisconsin. They had just done the pageant which is why they're in pajamas. The kids decided to donate the collection that normally would go to next year's pageant to the Heifer Fund. They collected $260 today, and with what we had already collected we now have enough for a Milk Menagerie! Hoping to send it out soon!

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Baskets, Goats, and a Flock of Ducks

November...the month of Thanksgiving, and the month of giving, apparently. Ted & Company premiered their new campaign 12 Baskets and a Goat at three locations in November: Harrisbonburg, VA; Tipp City, OH; and Elizabethtown, PA raising more than $15,000 for Heifer International! This campaign has already been full of surprises and inspiration: From the generosity of the hosts and audiences to the synchronicity of how the themes of the show fit so well with Heifer International’s mission. Click the title of this story to read more.

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Two Second Graders Make a Big Impact

The Children's Sunday School Class of Avondale Pattillo UMC, Decatur, GA under the leadership of Rachel Fortner, collected money for flocks of chicks. This was the suggested mission project through The United Methodist Church curriculum for the Children's classes. Our chuch only has two children, Arianna Merchant and Troie Echols--both are second graders. Read more about their fundraiser by clicking on the title of the story!

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Feed the Pig Project

While viewing a DVD on missions, our Sunday School class of 5- to 9-year olds wanted to find a way to help the world. Since they all love animals and since they knew this gift could continue to grow, they decided on Heifer International. In our small church, it became affectionately called the Feed the Pig project! Click the title of this story to read more!

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Ted & Company: Theology of the Basket

Join Ted & Company at one of the 3 performances of 12 Baskets and a Goat!

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Deep River UCC Raises $5,000 for an Ark!

Deep River UCC of Deep River, CT raise $5,000 over 18-months! Congratulations Deep River UCC Sunday School! Click the title of this story to read more.

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Coins Make a Big Difference

We are a Sunday School class of elementary kids at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Springfield, MO. We recently (finally!) saved $60 for rabbits. Enclosed is a photo of us and another of Carter demonstrating how we deposit our coins. Our bank has a lid that adds the total amount in the bank. We love to see those dollars and cents add up, so it inspires us to bring money as depositing it is fun. We also feel good about helping the cause. We are now saving for a flock of chicks. That should be easier--a third of $60! Sincerely, Janet Trotter, teacher

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Kid's Carnival Raises Money for Heifer

Dear Heifer International, We really enjoyed using "Animal Crackers" last year to learn about animals and how they help people. We learned that all God has created and was created for a reason and we should do our part to take care of it and help take care of others, too! We raised $783.00 at our Christ's Kids Carnival for Heifer International. We made a poster at the carnival but it was too big to send, so we are sending you a picture of it. Thank you for all you do to teach and provide for others around the world. Peace & Love, Christ's Kids at 1st UMC Crane, TX

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Piggy Banks Can Make a Big Change!

We are so excited to send this money to Heifer International. We worked hard all week bringing in change that we earned or took from our piggy banks. We set a goal for 1 goat, but we raised enough for 3 goats! Love, The Kids at New Bremen, Ohio 2014 Vacation Bible School & Kristi Voisard

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You Did It For Me

December 26, 2014 (This was raised by) my fourth grade catechism class at St. Joseph's in South Lyon, MI after studying scripture... "When you were hungry and I fed you? Naked and I clothed you? Thirsty and I gave you to drink? "When you did it to the least of these, you did it for me." And they each scrimped and saved and came up with $100. Considering they are only six in number, I am so very proud of them. They wanted to send personal messages. I promised I'd send them along... Sincerely, Ann D.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...