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Heifer Updates for July 2020


What’s happening with the Heifer Project

At home and around the world, God’s children are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.  People involved in Heifer programs have developed new markets, implemented practices of hand washing, mask wearing, social distancing and new means of greeting and communicating with each other.  Briefly, here are a few examples from around the world.

Ecuador – A group of small-scale farmers are packaging 300 food baskets a week, then delivering to those in quarantine.

Bangladesh – “We’re making sure our workplaces are clean and hygienic and promoting regular and thorough handwashing.”

Guatemala – Finding new means of marketing cattle, and textile products.  Because without tourism, many artisans will not earn the profits they usually do this time of year.

Honduras – Donating 8 ounce “solidarty bags” of high-quality coffee to more than 2,000 families in 28 villages.

India – Working from home, “important meetings and business are done remotely by phone, Zoom, Skype, etc.”

Mexico – “We’re following codes of keeping appropriate distance between people, not using greetings with hands or kisses.”

Zambia – “We have been encouraged to greet with a palms-together gesture, waving or use namaste greeting to avoid handshakes.”

Everything around the world is so similar, after all, we are all God’s children.

We pray that their lives will be  changed!  This past week 13 flocks of ducks and geese were added to the donation list of the Lakeview United Methodist Church.  What a blessing you are to those potential 13 families as they await their flock(s).  We pray that their lives will be changed!

We now have 4 weeks remaining on this campaign-Flock Sale-2. The goal of 100 flocks is well within our sights.  Shall we send it over the top?  I believe we can, (and will). There are many people in our community, in our state, in our country and in our world that are in desperate need of help.  Each of us have a choice to make as to where to give, but more importantly, that we do give.  ! John 3-17 tells us “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

100 Flocks!!!

Heifer India through it’s “Hatching Hope” initiative has been helping to rebuild and repair poultry houses damaged by cyclone Amphan, then “Heifer Lakeview” donates 100 flocks to help the restoration of the area. 

What a wonderful gift you have given.  Proverbs 22:9 tells us “those who are generous are blessed, for they share their food with the poor.”  100 flocks, a total of about 2,000 chicks, ducklings and goslings.  That’s sharing our food with about 100 poor families.  What a blessing you are.  In about a week we will close the Flock Sale-2. It has met and exceeded my expectations.  Praise God.

As you read this the Lakeview Men’s Heifer Project will have launched their new campaign, Water – cool, clear, water. The Drive of Life. It will feature two phases, #1 – Irrigation Pumps and #2 – Clean Water for Life.

Donation costs for the Irrigation Pump is $150 and for Clean Water for Life is $300. 

Funds for each will be kept separately and each time they are met, that donation will be made.  Please specify what your donation is supporting. Thank You!

Now, the report on Flock Sale – 2.  As of June 15th, you have donated *89* Flocks of Chicks, Ducks and Geese to small  farmers in need, around the world, but primarily in India.  The final report will be on line and in the August Lakeviewer.  Praise God.  I’ll leave you today with this word from Heifer.

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