30 October, 2009

Farm Fest

A week from today our youth group will be participating in the very first Farm Fest. It's a very cool event that Brandon came up with to support families in Asia.

The kids have all been challenged to build their own "farm". In order to do this, they are asking for donation from people to purchase animals for their farm. The money will be sent to Gospel for Asia and animals will be purchased in India for the Dalits, or untouchables. If you go to my church and you haven't been asked by a student to make a donation, and you would like to, please let me know. I think you might be interested in learning more about the animals that can be purchased:

Chickens: The eggs provide protein and other nutrients for malnourished families. As the chickens reproduce, they can eat the meat, or sell them for extra income. You can purchase one for $11.

Rabbits: Rabbits provide nutritious meat for families. They also reproduce quickly providing more food and additional income. They cost only $11 each.

Goats: Goats produce milk which provides nutrients and can be sold for money. The goats also reproduce and the offspring can be sold for additional money. One can be purchased for $60.

Pigs: Pigs can provide meat and offspring to provide extra income. They have a lifetime of up to 15 years! They are $55.

Cows: Cows provide milk which contains calcium, Vitamin D, and protein. Not only do they provide milk, but the milk can make cheese, yogurt, and butter as well. One cow costs $375, but we are asking for donations for shares of the cow at $75.

Water Buffalo: These animals provide transportation, a plough animal, cart hauler, milk giver, and a very sturdy creature to join a Dalit family. They cost $460, but you can purchase a share for $92.

The kids are very excited about the weekend. We plan to do a variety of farm themed activities such as line dancing, pumpkin bowling, bobbing for apples, cow tipping obstacle course, and a bonfire. On Saturday we will be touring an AIDS exhibit at a nearby church. If you are interested in learning more about this weekend, please let me know or talk to a middle schooler (I can send you to one of the girls in my group).


  1. Hi sweet friend! Life is gradually getting back to "normal" for me so I'm hoping to be able to visit everyone more often.

    This sounds like a wonderful project. Good luck with it.


  2. Dear Melissa,

    I just read this post and am excited that you took the time to write on your blog about Gospel For Asia. I work at the GFA headquarters full time and was curious to know if you would have an interest in displaying some banners on your blog’s template that link to the Gospel for Asia’s Christmas Catalog.

    We desire to build relationships with bloggers in an effort to spread the word about the work of the native missionaries in Asia and the amazing church growth that is taking place. The Web Team that I serve with here on staff has created some custom banners that you may find as a nice addition to your Blog.

    Simply click this linkfor some banners for the Christmas Catalog.

    After finding one you like you can save it as a jpeg. Then post it to your blog as a Gadget/Picture by copying and pasting the following link.

    I know the link is long but it allows GFA to track the participation of individuals coming from your blog to the Christmas Site. Maybe we will see some good fruit!

    I also have quite a few other cool banners created for the Christmas Gift Program and can email them to you if you would like. They are not on our website.

    I can be contacted by calling 1-800-WIN-ASIA or I can be emailed at

    Thank you so much for your consideration and I pray all is well with you and your boyfriend.


    Casey Short

    P.S. If you would like to become a fan of the GFA Facebook page click here.


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