Bethany Lutheran Church Pastor Kevin Kaiser is pictured with Beverly Hill, who spearheaded a God’s Global Barnyard project to buy farm animals for impoverished families. (BLC photo)
AMASA—Over the holiday season, members of Bethany Lutheran Church raised $1,175 to help impoverished families around the globe.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregations are helping care for those around the world who live with hunger and poverty.
One of the projects is God’s Global Barnyard. The ELCA is partnering with over 60 countries around the world on this long-term sustainable solution to ensure good gifts that last for years to come.
An animal can make a world of difference for a family in need. They provide food to eat, fertilizer to grow crops and offspring to sell at market.
ELCA congregations, including Bethany Lutheran Church, are helping families escape the cycle of hunger and poverty for good by purchasing God’s Global Barnyard farm animals.
A cow provides milk, meat, fertilizer and calves, which can quickly strengthen a family’s financial security.
Within months after birth, a piglet will grow to weigh a couple hundred pounds, bringing a big payoff at the market.
Wool from sheep can be made into clothing and sold at market for a steady source of income. And chicks and ducks lay hundreds of eggs for nutritious meals for a family and generate income to grow a small business.
Bev Hill spearheaded Bethany Lutheran Church’s project.
Stuffed animals were placed in a corral, and as money was raised to purchase a live animal, the stuffed one was moved into a stable. The corral was quickly emptied, and the stable was filled. The stuffed animals will now be donated to a local charitable organization.
“Through generous donations, our congregation was able to purchase an entire farm, consisting of a cow, two goats, 10 chicks, two pigs, a duck and farming tools, plus training and marketing support,” said Hill. “Our money is enough to also purchase a fish farm and additional chicks and ducks. Praise God for the generosity of our congregants.”
For more information on this project or to make a donation, visit www.elca.org/goodgifts.