March 16, 2014
Recently Eliza Penick, Community Engagement Coordinator for Heifer International, visited Youth Forum in preparation for our April Mission Trip. We learned about Heifer’s history, 70 years in the making. Heifer was founded by Dan West, who had the idea to provide more than a simple daily ration of milk by enabling those in need to provide milk for themselves. He and a group of American Midwest farmers began shipping Heifers (young female cows) to those who needed them the most. Heifer has helped lift over 20.7 million families out of severe poverty and hunger. However, the need is greater than ever and they have begun to implement new work models to help more people and entire countries.
We learned a lot; we are fortunate and excited to travel this spring to Little Rock, Arkansas, to spend one week on Heifer Ranch. We will work on the farm, milk cows, haul hay and participate in many other chores. We will learn about world poverty and hunger issues through discussions and interactive lessons. The work will be hard, but oh so meaningful. I’m certain teens and adults (33 in all!) will return home enthusiastic about sharing the message of ending world hunger.
Thank you all for your support in making this trip possible; without the generous support of Plymouth Church, members and Youth Forum families, this adventure would be impossible. As always, we will sell “Shares” for the Mission Trip. Each “Shareholder” receives a color booklet with photographs and essays written by each traveler. In addition to the booklet, we will share stories and experiences during a future Adult Forum. Everyone is welcome to attend.
For more information about Heifer International, please visit: Heifer.org. Shares will be sold after service multiple Sundays prior to the April 13-18 Mission Trip, You can also donate online. Click here. Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $30/share. –Robin Mallory