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Paul’s letters remind us that as members of the church, we are so closely connected that we can think of ourselves as parts of one body. The New Testament constantly refers to followers of Jesus, not as Christians, but as a family—brothers and sisters.
Many churches live this out when someone is ill, mourning, or facing a crisis. You show up. You are there for your loved ones in need. You show that love in tangible ways, with casseroles and cards, hugs, and spoken words of prayer. These acts of kindness let your brothers and sisters in Christ know that you are present with them. They know they are not alone because you are beside them. They know that they are not forgotten in their times of trouble. When someone you care about suffers—all your truest words and most loving actions simply declare: “I am here.”
The Bible tells us that God is like us in this respect. When one of God’s beloved children suffers, God declares, “I am here.” God hears the cries of the poor and oppressed (Exodus 3:9, Psalm 10:17, 69:33), is near to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18), and is near to all who call God’s name (Psalm 145:18). The promise that God will be with us is a constant refrain from Genesis to Revelation.
When we see the latest tragedy on the news, we might ask, “Where are you, God?” But we already know the answer— God is here, in the midst of those who are hurting.
When Jesus tells the parable of the sheep and the goats (Matthew 25:31–40), he reveals to us a mystery. God is most tangibly present in this world where people hunger, thirst, lack adequate clothing and shelter, and are sick or imprisoned. Christ cares for people who suffer and says He is so present in them that when you feed the hungry, care for the sick, welcome the stranger— you feed, and care for, and welcome Christ.
Not just your fellow Christians, but anyone in need, anywhere in the world—these are your sisters, your brothers, your children. Their needs might seem different than the people you worship with on Sunday, but your tangible gifts declare the same message: “I am here.” By reaching out to those who suffer from natural disasters, war, or systemic poverty, you let them know that they are not forgotten. Even when the need seems far from here, by acting together as the body of Christ, we are able to be there for members of Christ’s family.
We are there through providing well pumps for clean water, seeds and training for sustainable agriculture, and rice and oil to provide nourishment and cooking supplies. We are there through medical kits, school supplies, temporary shelters, and safe housing projects where needed most.
Our 2017 One Great Hour of Sharing offering was received on Sunday, March 26 during worship. Thank you all for your gifts of $725.00
The proceeds from our Alternative Christmas Sale were distributed to the following three projects through Heifer International. Thank you for your support !!!
COOK UP HEALTHY SOLUTIONS WITH BIOGAS STOVES
$1000.00 for 20 stoves in a villiage
This gift allows you to purchase a biogas stove for one of our project families, or you can show your generosity by buying 20 stoves — enough for an entire village.
Your gift of a biogas stove:
· Trains families in using biogas equipment. Provides a cleaner, healthier living environment.
For most families in the places where Heifer International works, cooking usually means gathering firewood by hand, which often depletes the soil and robs the environment of its trees. In addition, smoke inhalation in poorly ventilated homes often leads to chronic lung and eye diseases.
A biogas stove is a better option. It runs off methane gas captured from animal waste, and burns cleanly, reliably and efficiently. This is not only better for the environment, it is more sustainable and healthier for families feeding their children.
This basket of rabbits, silk worms and fish fingerlings, along with training in business management and animal care, will give a woman a head start on starting her small business.
The Enterpriser Basket makes a great gift because it:
· Bolsters the economy by encouraging local commerce.
· Helps families start small businesses through livestock and training
· Provides nourishment as families sell products from their animals.
Making a Heifer gift is like providing the startup capital for a small business. We can create big opportunities for women by supporting small enterprise, allowing them to become the breadwinners and have more of a voice in their communities. Your Enterpriser Gift Basket is an investment in these women's hard work.
HEIFER USA $895.00
Our mission is to create good jobs and wealth through socially driven, farmer-owned enterprises to end poverty in rural America.
Heifer’s work in the United States is centered on building and reviving local food systems so that farmers and families in the USA are making a difference in their own lives and the lives of their neighbors.
Despite fertile lands and a large economy, many people in the U.S. are without work and don't have enough to eat. Due to high unemployment rates and low economic opportunities, children and families in those area suffer from a lack of access to healthy food.
Poverty is widespread in Arkansas. One in four people suffer from food insecurity. Unemployment rates are double than that of the nation. The power of Heifer USA lies in the belief that small-scale farmers can feed the world and revive their local economies using the impact of locally produced food. We are empowering food entrepreneurs and building food enterprises to address every link in the food value chain — from farm to table.
THIS PROGRAM WILL TRANSFORM LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS
A food system is all the processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population: growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption and disposal of food.
SAME HEIFER MODEL, NEW HEIFER APPROACH
Historically, Heifer’s model promotes sustainable agriculture interventions through a values-based community approach. In the USA, we use a farmer-owned business model as our development approach while providing resources and technical support coordinated with local partners to:
· Create and support Community Supported Agriculture Programs (CSAs)
· Develop farmer-owned businesses (horticulture and livestock)
· Boost market access for farmers
· Train farmers in sustainable farming practices
· Invest in local food-related enterprises
· Provide strategic business planning tools to farmers
· Create wholesale and local farmers’ markets and connect our farmers to them