Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Dan West was a farmer from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren who went to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. His mission was to provide relief, but he soon discovered the meager single cup of milk rationed to the weary refugees once a day was not enough. And then he had a thought: What if they had not a cup, but a cow? That "teach a man to fish" philosophy is what drove West to found Heifer International. And now, nearly 70 years later, that philosophy still inspires their work to end world hunger and poverty throughout the world once and for all.
Members of our parish have generously supported Heifer International through our Heifer Honor Cards Table during the Christmas season. During the last few years, Heifer has recognized our parish as contributing enough to purchase an “Ark.” To give our youth a more hands-on feel for the types of support provided by Heifer to families throughout the world, the Church School classes recently took a field trip to the Heifer International Farm in Rutland, MA.