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Give a Goat, Live the Gospel

I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me …

I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

(Matthew 25:36,40)

To help our Sunday School children and all those in the congregation to actively participate in aiding one of the missions we support, during the months of November and December we will be collecting monies toward HAFF’s Give-a-Goat program. Each $100 donated provides one goat and Christian agricultural training to farmer groups.

In Haiti, goats are not often raised for food for their owner but as a source of income. They are sold to pay for clothing and education, or for emergencies like medicine and funerals.

Through the goat project at HAFF, five farmers in a Christian farmer’s group are given the gift of a female goat. They pass on the blessing when they each give away two of their female offspring so that another ten members in their group may receive a goat. Once the last farmers in that group receive a goat, the remaining offspring to be donated go to start a similar project in another group. Better than a handout, this project gives farmers a “hand up”, the dignity of fruitful labor, and a chance to help their neighbors. With 40 groups and over 1500 farmers we still need seed money from the US.

A key element in the success of HAFF’s goat program is the on-going agricultural and spiritual education that is offered in the Christian farmer groups. Coordinator Millius Hilaire is a trained veterinary technician who helps the farmers with vaccinations, early recognition of disease and medical treatment. His program also offers hands-on training in other farming techniques like soil conservation and reforestation. HAFF’s farm offers seeds, cuttings and young trees to the farmers as well.

Equally important is the Christian foundation of the groups which often meet in churches and are led by pastors or other church leaders. Meeting include prayer and Christian songs. The group also discusses ways to live out their faith through sound Christian business practices, land stewardship, animal husbandry, and family relationships. Working together these farm families model  an alternative lifestyle that has eternal significance for their neighbors with a voodoo background worldview..

If you have any questions, please speak to Melanie Dawe.

 

Donate $100 to provide one goat and Christian agricultural training to farmer groups

 

While the Give-a-Goat drive offers our Sunday School children a way to support this program, everyone is welcome to donate. Please make checks payable to Redeemer Presbyterian Church and write “Goat” in the memo line, or put your donation in one of the envelopes in the seat backs and indicate that your donation is for the Give-a-Goat drive.