By Jerri Brouse
For The Daily Item
Members of the St. John’s United Church of Christ in Mifflinburg are working hard to raise money to “Fill an Ark” with animals to help families in need.
OK, so they’re not literally filling an ark ... but they are buying animals for families in need as part of the Heifer International project.
Heifer International was founded in 1944 by Church of the Brethren educator Dan West. His vision of a worldwide program to end hunger and poverty was born of his Christian faith. Heifer’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. The idea is a simple one — giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief.
“In a nut shell, it’s an organization that helps families start a business and help feed their families,” explained Ray Robbins, a member of the UCC and co-chair of the project.
“Gifts are not just heifers as the name would indicate. You can send a flock of chicks ($20), a goat ($120), a flock of geese ($20), or honeybees ($30).”
Heifer International also offers gifts of garden seeds and even knitting.
“One of the key elements that is require is the ‘passing on the gift’ — which is that you agree to pass on what you receive to another family,” explained Robbins.
For example, St, John’s purchased a calf for a family and when that calf gives birth in a few years that family will then give that calf to another family to keep the cycle going.
For more details, see Saturday’s edition of The Daily Item.