LITTLE ROCK, Ark.– Heifer International, a global nonprofit leader of sustainable agricultural development for smallholder farmers, is strengthening its connection with United Methodist congregations by participating in key United Methodist annual conferences including California-Nevada Annual Conference, June 19 to 22.
For decades, United Methodists have actively participated in Heifer International projects through The Advance, a program of benevolence giving in the denomination for more than 70 years. These Heifer International programs have included "Fill the Ark" and "Living Gifts." United Methodist participation is more important now than ever with 925 million people in the world suffering from hunger.
"Research tells us that we will need to double food production over the next two to three decades to keep up with worldwide demand," said Pat Keay, national community engagement manager for Heifer International. "Heifer has vowed to ramp up our efforts. We need continued support from the United Methodist Church, other faith communities, and global partners to make the goal of ending hunger a reality."
Heifer International's goal is to help three million families annually to receive training and animals. The organization is not affiliated with a particular religion but embraces the role of spirituality in the lives of its participants and supporters. Family-oriented, community-based development models remain at the core of Heifer's programs as well as the "Passing on the Gift" process where families agree to give the first offspring of its donated animal to another needy family.
Heifer International will have booths and staff at the following annual UMC conferences: Cal-Nevada, Cal-Pacific, Illinois Great Rivers, North Georgia, Central Texas, Arkansas, Memphis, New England, New York, and Greater New Jersey.
"We hope to serve as a resource for local churches and annual conferences that want to become more active in the fight to end hunger and poverty," said Keay. "We invite United Methodists to stop by our booths, pick up materials, and ask questions about Heifer projects."
About Heifer International:
Heifer International's mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For more information, visit www.heifer.org, read our blog, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or call 1-800-696-1918.