Ending hunger and poverty around the world is a shared vision between the people of The United Methodist Church and Heifer International. See how they are working together to fulfil this vision.
For decades, United Methodist Churches have contributed to Heifer projects through the Advance, which directly helps families to become self-sufficient in sustainable ways. It is time to scale up those efforts. By 2020, Heifer's goal is to help four million families annually to receive training and animals. United Methodist congregations are critical to seeing this vision become a reality.
Please take a moment to explore this site for exciting new resources focused on engaging all levels of the church in ministry with the poor through 'second-mile giving'.
Helping those in need is not simply a matter of charity, but of responsibility, righteousness, and justice. The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church (Isaiah 58:6-8; Jeremiah 22:3; Matthew 25:31-46).
Heifer Resources for United Methodist Congregations:
Spread the Word
Share Heifer's work with your congregants, so they can learn how Heifer works with families around the world to lift themselves out of poverty and strengthen their communities.
Help your congregation understand their role in helping the poor and less fortunate by using our curriculum. They'll learn about real solutions to hunger and poverty and how their support extends life-altering hope to those in need.
- Fill the Ark —Revised for 2016, our daily missions giving program includes a calendar, giving bank and guide for your Sunday School or Small Ministry Groups.
- Animal Crackers — A multi-generational program perfect for a high-energy VBS or rotational curriculum.
- Feeding 5,000 — A rotational curriculum featuring one-hour workshops on Art, Drama, and more.
Confirmation Service Projects Guide
Host a Living Gift Market and teach your congregation about giving to those in need. Participants are encouraged to buy animals as an alternative gift for loved ones. It makes a wonderful open house event to refocus on giving more meaningful gifts. From dressing up like animals to playing fun games, your church will really enjoy this lively event. Get started!
Create challenges for your Sunday School or Small Group Ministry by Fundraising for Heifer. You can create a customizable fundraising web page to set a goal, receive donations and track progress; a personal web address to direct people to your page; and a Facebook badge that will allow your congregants ways to donate directly to your team.
Congregations can also order Heifer offering envelopes by calling 855.9HUNGER (855.948.6437).
See Heifer's mission first-hand by visiting one of our U.S. locations and experiencing a deeper connection with your world neighbors. These life-changing programs integrate service learning, problem-solving and hands-on animal interactions or gardening opportunities. It's fun and eye-opening! View locations and explore the engaging programs!