The Ministry Continues – Students Involved in FFA
Our Ministry Continues by the steadfast faithful trust and hope which you continue to provide to us. We are grateful for your commitment to our ministry and those we serve.
The last several months have been challenging, yet God is greater than our circumstances. He continues to show His love and mercy. His faithfulness continues to change the lives of those we serve because YOU have continued to provide your support. We are joyful to have praises to share!
“…to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.” – Psalm 21:6 (NIV)
One of the extracurricular activities the students at Homes for Children on the Boothe Campus can participate in is showing animals. Some of our high school students join the Pettus High School Agriculture program, FFA. They raise animals with the goal to show at livestock shows.
This year seven of our students are raising and caring for animals.
We currently have 11 Boer show goats; a Charolais-cross steer; a Brahman heifer; two pigs, a Duroc pig; and a Hampshire pig.
One of our students, Laura, said she liked doing Stock Shows because of the reward at the end. She works hard so her animals are successfully trained and equipped to show well. She also gains more patience and responsibility by raising and caring for the animals.
Each student is 100% responsible for caring for their own animal(s). They do all the work such as feeding, watering, exercising and training their animals.
Currently, our students are working towards the Bee County Livestock Show. Two students, Laura and Seth, will compete at the San Antonio major show with a heifer and several goats.
All these different aspects of raising show animals provide skills which not only help the students now – but also carry into their lives as they become independent adults. Students gain responsibility, accountability, confidence and many other skills as they care for their animals.
In early September we had a team return to the Dominican Republic with a Mercy Mission trip to bring backpacks and school supplies, along with many other items needed. As we visited with the directors of our Christian schools, they were grateful for the help they had been given.
During the trip, we learned that the schools faced another crisis. The Dominican government was requiring distance learning for all schools – which meant they needed technology.
Therefore, we asked for help from our supporters. We needed $25,000 to purchase computers, tablets, cameras, etc. so the schools and orphanages would be able to successfully teach and engage with their students.
And God’s people responded quickly! As the funds arrived, we were able to purchase the much-needed computers and other items. The teachers immediately began learning and practicing how to use them effectively for teaching.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19 ES
As you are led, we ask for your continued participation in helping impact lives daily. If you have any questions about how to get involved, please let me know.
Thank you for helping the Ministry Continue!