LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Heifer International, a global nonprofit leader of sustainable agricultural development for smallholder farmers, is strengthening its connection with United Methodist congregations by rolling out new online resources available at www.heifer.org/umc.
Church leaders and local congregations will find on the site free resources, such as church bulletins, posters, program curriculum for all ages, and ideas for alternative mission trips to help engage church members in ending hunger and poverty. In addition, Heifer International has provided contact information for regional staff to support program initiatives across the United States.
“The United Methodist Church is a long-time partner with Heifer International through the Advance,” said Pat Keay, national community engagement manager for Heifer International. “We created the United Methodist page to better support those congregations who have engaged with us in the past and to make it easier for new congregations to get involved.”
Through www.heifer.org/umc local congregations are able to set up fundraising web pages for their projects, create a personal web address to direct people to the page and build a Facebook badge to allow “friends” to donate directly to their projects.
“Research tells us that an estimated 925 million people in the world suffer from hunger. We will need to double food production over the next two to three decades to keep up with worldwide demand,” said Keay.
Heifer International’s goal is to help three million families annually to receive training and animals. Family-oriented, community-based development models remain at the core of Heifer’s programs as well as the “Passing on the Gift” process where families agree to give the first offspring of its donated animal to another needy family.
Heifer programs include: “Fill the Ark,” daily missions giving program; “Feeding 5,000,” a one-hour resource for Sunday School and small group discussions; and “Animal Crackers,” which is a 5-week program for all ages.
In addition to the online resources, United Methodists also may request printed resources by calling toll-free 800-422-0474.
Heifer International’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For more information, visit www.heifer.org or call 800-696-1918.
“The United Methodist Church is a long-time partner with Heifer International through the Advance.”