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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A letter from a young Heifer International supporter, expressing her overwhelming gratitude for our mission of ending hunger and poverty while caring for the earth. Click the title of this story to read more!
We are a sixth grade classroom at Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake, IL. In December, we received word from an anonymous donor that they are willing to donate $250 to a charity of our choosing in our name. The students were so excited about the possibility of giving to an organization that offers help to people in need. They were given the challenge to research different organizations and create a persuasive presentation of why that organization should get the donation. Click the title of this story to read more!
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.
On October 2, 2014, we received a letter from long time supporter Barbara of Ohio. Her letter was a response to a note she received from one of Heifer International's Donor Services Representatives, Christina. We wanted to hear what makes Barbara passionate about Heifer's mission. Click on the title of this story to read more!
I'm not a Facebook participant, but when I read the Facebook "favorite memories" in the current issue of World Ark, I had to share my favorite Heifer memory with you. Click on the title of this story to read more!
Received on December 23, 2014, and in honor of the upcoming holiday season, we thought we would share these adorable and inspiring collages created by some of Heifer International's youngest supporters. If you would like to share your artwork and letters with Heifer International, we would encourage you to either email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to: Heifer International Attn: Donor Services 1 World Ave Little Rock, AR 72202 We look forward to the mail we'll be receiving from you during the 2014-15 holiday season!
Dear Heifer International, I'm happy to enclose a check for $200 raised by our first grade students through a cookie sale and family donations! Our students were very enthusiastic in the roles they played to help purchase animals for needy families.Their awareness of the needs of others was heightened and the realization that children can make a difference in our big world was made clear. Thank you for your assistance with our project! Sincerely, Mary Smith, First Grade Teacher
If we all work together, we can make cows fly!Kamil Madanat, Partnership & Business Development Manager, Heifer International
Saturday is the day! The Heifer Festival, taking place in Richwood, OH, is fun for all kids. Play games, win tickets and trade tickets won for prizes at the General Store! And don't forget to bring your teddy bears that need surgery. We can fix them. Kids not only love to play the games and win prizes at the Heifer Festival, they also love the animals. It's a day they won't forget! Bring the family for a day of fun. To learn more about the Heifer Festival, check out heiferfestival.org. For a list of the scheduled events, please visit the following link: http://heiferfestival.org/2015%20Program.html.
The work we do may be serious, but we always need to find the fun.Pierre Ferrari, CEO of Heifer International
For the fifth year children attending Kids Summer Day Camp at the First Baptist Church in Girard have given their support to Heifer International by collecting their pennies. Click the title of this story to read more!
Cindy Wakeland, Director of Religious Education with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana Champaign in Illinois, recently notified Heifer International of an incredible day camp they hosted. Click the title of this story to read more!
If you want to make yourself happy, serve others. If you want to make others happy, serve others.Pierre Ferrari, CEO of Heifer International speaking at the 2015 YNPN National Conference & Leaders Institute
Heifer would like to thank Avery for participating in our first annual honor card contest!