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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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...
We raised this money with our 4-H group by making a lemonade stand that supports "Chickens for Change." We are donating all of the profits from our lemonade stand to Heifer International. Click the title of this story to read more...
My name is Shiloh. I live in Durham, NC and I just turned 10-years old. I know I am so lucky to live in a family that is able to take care of me, but I know a lot of people can't take care of their families so I asked my friends to donate money to Heifer International for my 10th birthday party instead of giving me presents. I was HOPING to receive enough to buy a goat for a family and I DID!! I am so excited that a family will now have milk and cheese for themselves and to sell for profit!! Yay!! A goat!!! I hope the goat and the family will be very happy!! Love, Shiloh
I am happy to announce that after two weeks of hard work, our students from Preschool through 8th grade have raised $1,417.31 to give to Heifer International. This fundraising was a school-wide service project and we are very proud of the students! Click the title of this story to read more...
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...
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...
I have 30 students from a Title I school where more than 75% of them receive free and reduced lunch. They participated in two swap meets, a bake sale, the Chores for Change fundraiser, collecting cans and bottles and asking for donations in order to collect enough funds to help send a girl to school. Click the title of this story to read more...
Valentina, a kindergarten student in North Carolina, shared, "I like helping people." Thank you, Valentina, for helping Heifer help people!
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...
In 2012 we began a 20k trail run. Hoof It for Heifer is held on the Boy Scouts of America hiking trail in Petit Jean State Park atop Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton, AR. The popularity of the run among trail runners has increased each year and with that we have been able to increase the amount we give to Heifer. We held our fourth run in April 2015 with 126 runners registered. Click the title of the story to read more...
...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.
Transitional kindergarten student, Carla, shared, "Heifer helps people!" If you would like to learn more about our mission, please click on the following link: http://www.heifer.org/ending-hunger/index.html.
A student at Hickory Day School in North Carolina sent us this photo, depicting their idea of a world without hunger. Thank you for sharing!
Reid said about his drawing, "Heifer gives a poor person a chicken." You can learn more about our chick donations here: http://www.heifer.org/gift-catalog/index.html.
In 2005 I was an intern as a pre-service teacher in a first grade classroom where we studied all about insects. As a parting gift to my class, I made a donation to Heifer International in their honor. I made a donation of a honeybee hive. We talked in class about how donating these bees would be a lifelong gift and that when they had children who were in first grade learning about insects and honeybees that hive would still be producing honey in a village somewhere. If you are interested in learning more about Heifer International's honeybee donation option, please click here.