Fill the Ark is a four-week family devotional with a focus on gratitude for our blessings and a generous spirit of giving to our neighbors in need. Each week shares a scripture as the focus for reflection and study. Each day includes information about Heifer’s work, animal gifts, resources and approach. Daily giving challenges bring parents, siblings, grandparents or other family members together to appreciate their abundance and collect change to help struggling families.
Next week we start a really fun and amazing missions project, “Fill the Ark”, which is sponsored by the Heifer Project. The object is to raise money for animals and plants for people who are struggling to survive all over the world.
It is set up for both children and families to participate. Next Sunday those that are in Children’s
Church will be given a piggy bank, a cute stuffed farm animal, a packet regarding cows, as well as a fun 4 week calendar. Each week, the children will receive a packet about other animals that are provided by Heifer.
The calendar has a challenge for every day of the week. AKA: on the day that features Yaks it indicates that in Tibet, these hearty, long haired animals provide transportation, milk and meat. Clothing and blankets made of yak hair provide insulation from cold winters. How can we help? Who needs a haircut? Add 25 cents to the piggy bank if you or anyone else in the household is in need. To add to the fun, we are adding another challenge. There is a jar on the table in
the fellowship hall next to the Fill the Ark poster. We’re asking adults to add donations to the jar. In the end we will see who donated the most, the adults or the children. The children are really excited about being able to help people who are not as fortunate as they are. Let’s set a Christ like example on how they can help to make those unfortunate, fortunate.
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