Sheep vs. Goats – week 4 update
At St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, we are working to transform our world with the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. One way is through our Gifts for Life donations to Episcopal Relief and Development to give a flock of animals. Will you help? The gifts we give are an active way to show our God’s love through us to the wider world.
A sheep or goat costs about $80. When we give a gift of animals and education, we transform lives. We help people rise from poverty by providing a stable source of food and earnings. Hunger can end for a family. Economic opportunity can grow, and along with that, better health and education.
Animal gifts are substantial assets. Animals grow, and reproduce, and yield milk, food, hide, and wool; they they transform communities for generations. ERD not only provides healthy animals that are appropriate for the area, they provide tailored education, teaching animal health and animal husbandry. Our love for our brothers and sisters shown through agricultural gifts sets in motion amazing transformations! Will you help our flock of God’s people give a flock of sheep or goats for people in need?
Most merciful God, we remember before you all who go without nutritious food and clean water, and those who make due with less than their share. Help us to provide for them from your abundant creation, and guide us so that our gifts might be sustainable throughout generations. Grant this, dear God, for the love of your Son, Jesus Christ, who gave thanks to you, broke bread, and shared with all who were hungry. Amen.
Sheep are social animals. When grazing, they need to see other sheep in their flock, else they get stressed. They have a strong following instinct; they follow dominant flock members. Their flocking and following instincts make a flock fairly easy to care for; the expression, “get one to go and they will all go” applies to sheep herding.
Lambs are playful and curious and enjoy group play, but playing wanes after about four months and they spend more time foraging for food.
Goats are intelligent and curious; their inquisitive nature leads them to explore and investigate anything unfamiliar. If you do something they think is strange, they will study you until they figure out why you’re doing it.
Goats are social creatures and may enjoy companionship with non-goat animals. Race horses are often given a “goat friend” so they will not be lonely in the stall. The phrase “get your goat” comes from an unsportsmanlike act of stealing the a racehorse’s goat to unsettle the horse before the race.
Vote for your favorite animal to give!
Adults and kids can vote in church with a donation in an envelope stamped “S” or “G” placed in the offering plate. Adults can give online with a credit or debit card, choosing either Sheep or Goats here. Kids can vote by coloring a sheep or goat and placing that in the offering plate. Check our progress on the Sheep vs. Goats board in church!