Sheep vs. Goats – week 3 update

sheep-vs-goats-week3-600x400The animals we at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church will provide through Episcopal Relief and Development are transformative; their food and income to families and communities have long-term impacts.

Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.

ERDlogoAnimal 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.

Please continue to pray daily for the people in need of animals that we will give. Prayer for people in need is an essential part of Christian faith. It brings us into communion with God, where our hearts can be tuned to the needs of others — especially those who are suffering.

Fun facts


The life expectancy for sheep is between 6 to 11 years. Sheep have best friends. Sheep generally consume 2 to 4.5 pounds of food daily.

Sheep have a split in their upper lip which allows them to select the preferred leaves off a plant. Domestic sheep are extremely versatile and exist in a wide variety of habitats worldwide ranging from temperate mountain forests to desert conditions.


The natural life expectancy for goats is around 8 to 12 years and in some cases, goats can live over 15 years. Goats do not have tear ducts. Weird, huh?

Worldwide, more people eat and drink milk from goats than any other animal.

Goats do not grow as fast as sheep, nor can they utilize feed as efficiently. Goats prefer woody browse over grass, and they prefer grass to clover.

Vote for your favorite animal to give!

At the end of another week, goats remain firmly in the lead, still leading sheep 3:2!  You can change that if you are a sheep fan, or you can help keep goats in the lead with your gift. Any gift will help those who need a hand up out of poverty! 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. Children 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!

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