No "Kidding," Goats Change Lives

December 11 2018

In Haiti, poverty often stands in the way of widows (among others) providing their families with basic necessities. They know they need a sustainable solution to help their family … a goat could be the answer!

However, most widows can’t afford to buy a goat.

That’s where OMS steps in. Our Mercy ministry recently blessed a widow named Carrie* with the gift of a goat. She rejoiced when she received it because she knew this gift would help her and her six children now and in the days to come.

A goat will provide milk or meat for nutrition and fertilizer for her garden, as well enabling her to sell the offspring goats to others in the future.

Just like these widows and other poor families in Haiti have done. One family recently had their herd grow to 10 goats, enabling them to sell a few to pay for a medical need in the family. Another family grew their herd size and sold some to obtain a couple of cows to provide milk and meat for the family to vastly improve their diet. Another widow multiplied her goats and sold several to pay for her children’s education.

For many years, Mercy has provided goats to needy families in Haiti. We donate the female goat and then provide a male goat for reproduction.

For just a $125 investment and years of production assistance and guided help from Mercy on how to properly care for the goats, widows like Carrie and many others have a sustainable income that helps provide food, medical care, and educational needs that these families could not provide before.

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Sowing through Sewing

November 12 2018

Daisy lives in Chennai, India, with her husband and two daughters. Both Daisy and her husband come from upper poor class families, with little education. Because of their

economic situation, they have struggled to meet their daily needs, especially once their girls started school.

Desperate, Daisy searched out answers at the Koladi Church, one of our partner churches in the Evangelical Church of India (ECI). She poured out her heart to God, asking him to help meet her needs. He answered through the ECI ministry, Lydia Women’s Fellowship and their tailoring school ministry.

Daisy enrolled as a student and soon learned the different skills and techniques needed to be a skilled seamstress. Today, having mastered the art of tailoring, Daisy is one of the teachers at the school. Nearly 70 women have been trained at this school, and now, there are many similar schools throughout the country, empowering women to earn an income.

The blessings Daisy received through this ministry are countless. Daisy and her family are financially stable. She earns enough to send both daughters to university to ensure their futures. She has also been able to buy a home and manage her own tailoring shop, employing two more women in need. Daisy can now tithe regularly and even sponsors a child in need.

Daisy is so grateful to Kathiroli, the leader of the Lydia ministry in charge of the Sewing for Sowing project, which provides the opportunity to women like Daisy to change their lives both financially and spiritually. A gift of $100 provides one sewing machine or you could provide machines for an entire school for $800.

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