Animals still play a crucial role in many people's lives in South Asia. These animals provide sustenance and produce income when their milk or offspring are sold. When you make a gift of livestock, you are offering a very tangible expression of Christ's love. Here are some animals you can pick out for such families. Why not invite your Bible study group to join you in extending these blessings to people in need? Or if you have children, they may enjoy selecting these items for parents and children in Asia.
For the family of a Bridge of Hope child, a rooster and hen are not pets. They are the source of up to 40 dozen eggs a year! When the pair produces chicks, a flock develops that will provide nourishment and income for years.
When a Dalit family receives your present of a goat or a pair of goats it will be a special day! Goats are hardy and can live in almost any climate. And a pair of goats produces at least two kids each year. Their manure is also good fertilizer. Your gift of goats will be a good way to bring a little joy to a poor family's world.
A gift of a water buffalo to a poor South Asian family is good news indeed! Transportation, plough animal, cart hauler, milk giver and more-all in one sturdy creature that is often considered a "member of the family."
You can give a pair of rabbits and help ensure a nutritious diet for growing families as they produce up to 40 bunnies a year! After a pair is given back to the church for distribution, additional offspring can also provide income for the family as well as nourishing meals.
A pig may not sound like a typical gift, but if you were a poor South Asian family, it would be wonderful! A pair of pigs provides a litter of piglets every year, and bacon and pork can soon follow. Income from the sale of the piglets also aids the family, and as with all animals GFA provides, offspring given back to the church will help other families get a "leg up" economically and socially.
Camels feel right at home in Rajasthan, one of the hottest and driest places in India.
They can work long hours in the heat with no problem and are used for plowing, transportation and hauling goods. Trucks quickly sink into sand. However, camels can carry up to 330 pounds across a desert with no problem. Camel milk is also part of many diets in Rajasthan, and camel wool can even be woven into cloth.
Lambs are an eternal symbol of God's love for us in the gift of His Son. What better way to share His love with a poor family than through a lamb that can grow to provide wool for income and milk to drink. A pair of sheep can produce lambs that can be sold at market, and they are also a source of meat.
Cows seem to be everywhere in India but many poor families don't have one. Cows provide a lot of good milk to drink ... and to make yogurt, cheese and butter! They also produce calves that can be sold for income or used to produce even more dairy products for additional income. A dairy cow is one of the most valuable gifts you can give.