Sheep vs. Goats – week 1 update
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church invites you to join with us to help people in distant places rise from poverty. Our flock of God’s people will buy a flock of sheep or goats for people in need.
Lent is a time for understanding and supporting Episcopal Relief & Development’s work to heal a hurting world. ERD is committed to using all donations appropriately and effectively to support worldwide programs that have a demonstrated impact on poverty, hunger and disease.
Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you? … Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.
Both sheep and goats are dairy animals, providing a family a sustainable source of food (milk) and income from milk and cheese sales. Our gifts of animals will have lasting impacts to families. They can have food to eat and food to sell.
Sheep’s milk is ideal for making cheese. It contains higher levels of calcium, vitamins A, B and E and other nutritional elements than cow’s milk. Famous types of sheep’s milk cheese include Greek feta, French Roquefort, Spanish Manchego and sheep’s milk ricotta and pecorino romano from Italy.
Goats’ milk is chock full of nutrients, is tasty, and is also used in making cheese. Famous types of goats’ milk cheese include Bucheron, Greek Anthotyros, Italian Caprinao, and Norwegian Brunost.
Vote for your favorite animal to give!
Goats have taken an early lead! You can change that if you are a sheep fan, or you can help keep goats in the lead with your gift. 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!