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Heifer Update – Feb. 23, 2019

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Heifer Update

Do you ever wonder what your donation is doing or has done? A donation to Heifer International is such a blessing to many. Because of your gifts to Heifer, you are giving families the help they need to become truly self-reliant. You’re changing lives.

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Lazarus Mtika, his wife, Elizabeth Nkosi, and their daughters, Dorica and Jennifer, stand in front of their goat pen.

Let’s meet Lazarus Mtika of Malawi. He is well known for his big toothy smile. His first given name was Harrison, but was changed in the hospital to Lazarus. He was badly burned when the thatch roof of his family’s hut caught fire. No one expected him to survive, but survive he did. The fire left him with stubs for hands and bad scars on his face. He married in 1990 and started farming. He had inherited nine acres but only enough money to plant three. In 2000 a severe drought took his crops. In 2005 the government discontinued a program that enabled farmers to buy fertilizer. But in 2012 he joined a Heifer Project. He received two goats and a lot of training. Soon his goats had kids and he fulfilled the “passing of the gift”, he sold some offspring and bought chickens and guinea fowl eggs to hatch. Now with 4 children and a wife, Lazarus and family eat three meals each day, are healthier and the children attend school. And why was he renamed Lazarus? Because of the biblical figure whom Jesus brought back to life.

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