My story (in poem form):
It is up to you. A goat can change the world, you know. Why is it that we think so big--the dream of winning the lottery, the wish to be a billionaire, the wish to turn all the bad to good- But we do not take the time to buy a goat?
How is it that our thoughts are so absorbed in small daily tasks, and our own individual goals, that we don't take the time to read the one brochure in the mail that may not be junk? To understand that "Heifer International" has a plan so small it is reachable by all, A plan so big that it can reach across continents and change the world. A goat, a simple purchase, can give new life, new hope to those who know none.
Milk and nutrition to children who are malnourished and starving every day. Extra income to build a house, buy medicine to cure illness, send one's children to school-for the first time.
Begin new dreams and break the cycle of poverty and desolation. That the passing on of the gift of the first baby goat to another family, and then another, keeps the miracle alive and growing.
What if we each purchased one goat to give to a poor family? What kind of amazing difference could that make in the world? A goat CAN change a life, many lives, eventually a whole community, and yes, the world.
You can change the world-don't think that you cannot. Don't think that you are too small, too powerless, too unknown and unassuming. You have God's power in you, too.
"These things and more will you do also-why are you so amazed?"- was Jesus's exasperated response to his desciples. Why are we so disbelieving, so amazed, so ready to be certain that we could never effect a miracle?
Is it that we are looking in the wrong direction? Parting of the oceans, reviving of the dead, turning water into wine, multiplying a loaf of bread into thousands of loaves?
Might the purchase of a single goat actually accomplish all of these miracles and even more? Turning oppression into opportunity, malnutrition into healthy, strong, happy children, a chance to learn to read and go to college, a way out of death and into new life, new hope that can continue to multiply across communities, generations, the world.
All this for the price of a goat- Why are you so amazed? A miracle in the mail, An opportunity to change the world. Don't miss the opportunity to affect a miracle. "These things and more shall you do also, why are you so amazed?"
- Pam Rands
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I am a woman among women, and my family is well respected in the villageGagnessiri Ndiaye, http://tinyurl.com/qhbuvnn
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