“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” ~C.S. Lewis

Heifer Update for February 2023

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Heifer Update for February 5th

Remember this chorus?

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red or yellow, black or white
They are precious in his site
Jesus loves the little children of the world.

We sang this chorus at the Men’s Breakfast yesterday, preceeding the Heifer report. Then we did an exercise by counting slowly to three – 3 times. During the time of our counting, 3 of those precious children died. Yes, every three seconds a child in our world dies of hunger or malnutrition. Countries of Nigeria, Yemen, South Sudan, and Ethiopia have the greatest levels of hunger. But, it is estimated that right here in America 17 milliion children are hungry. Unfortunately, we live in a world where we have enough food for everyone but not everyone has enough food.

Our present program, “WWW” is a partial solution to this problem. A Gift of a Sheep, Alpaca, or Goat can help a small farmer and his family rid themselves of the pain of hunger and poverty.

Remember last year? We touched the lives of 3,782 families and put them on a path that is free of hunger and poverty.

Thank you for your continued and wonderful support.

Heifer Update February 12th

Let’s go back to 2017 in Bangladesh. Ambia and her husband Abul Mondal began their Journey out of Poverty when Heifer launched a project in their country. They had Goats and other animals on their farm, but they didn’t know the proper care for them. Many of their Goats were unhealthy and some died of disease. But, Heifer taught them how by administering medicines, growing fodder and building proper shelter, they could overcome poverty.

Ambia now raises healthy Goats. Their Goats once sold for as little as $50. Today they can earn as much as $150 per Goat. Another piece of wisdom from Heifer was to use their profits to create new income streams. Ambia bought 200 Chicks and built a wooden coop with a warming lamp. Her grand-daughter loves taking care of the Chicks. She said, “When the chickens are small, they look very cute”.

Thanks to the generosity of people like you – Ambia’s family and many others have lively farms, plenty of organic produce, Chickens and Goats to produce enough income to send their children to school.

Ambia states “As a human, if I can help others, I feel good about that”.

Heifer Update February 20th

* Mark Your Calendars! *

March 16 is TNT “Heifer Night”

Lindsay Duvall and Devin Foster, from Heifer International, will join us and present the program. It will be an exciting evening. And we will all have an opportunity to donate to our favorite in the “WWW” Program; Sheep, Alpaca, and Goat. See you there.

Now, a serious story of an elderly chicken farmer:

Dilshan Karunarathna
January 2 at 6:59 AM

The old seller replied, ‘$0.25 an egg, Madam’. She said to him, ‘I will take 6 eggs for $1.25, or I will leave’. The old seller replied, ‘Come take them at the price you want. This may be a good beginning because I have not been able to sell even a single egg today.’ She took the eggs and walked away feeling she had won. She got into her fancy car and went to a posh restaurant with her friend. There, she and her friend ordered whatever they liked. They ate a little and left a lot of what they ordered. Then she went to pay the bill. The bill cost her $45.00; she gave $50.00 and asked the restaurant owner to keep the change. This incident might have seemed normal to the owner but very painful to the poor egg seller. The point is, why do we always show we have power when we buy from needy ones?

And why are we generous to those who do not even need our generosity? My father used to buy simple goods from poor people at high prices, even though he did not need them. Sometimes, he would even pay extra for them. I got concerned by this act and asked him why he did so? Then my father replied, “It is a charity wrapped with dignity, my child”.

I want to thank all the generous donors that help support this great program. Also, I want to thank all for the good wishes, thoughts, and prayers. Your support has relieved many small farmers and their families, here and around the world, to a life free from poverty and hunger.

Heifer Update February 26th

If you haven’t maked your calendars yet – Do it NOW!

March 16, 2023 – TNT Heifer Night

Come enjoy a great meal and then presentations by Lindsay Duball and Devin Foster from Heifer International. Plan to see you there.

And, now a bit about our next donation – the Alpaca. Although Alpacas come in many colors, white is the most prized color as it can be dyed to any color. In Peru, 24 natural Alpaca fiber colors have been identified. It takes a lot of time, knowledge, work, care, and skill to go from Cute Alpaca to Cozy Sweater.

Heifer project participants are mastering all of the necessary steps. They have learned that healthy, happy Alpacas make the softest wool. Alpacas are only sheared once a year so it is key that the artisan makes the most of every shearing. The finest, softest wool is made into garments. The coarser wool is made into handicrafts and jewelry.

Now you know a little about what our latest donation will go through. That donation was made Sunday, February 26, 2023.

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