This past week, we were on Goat in our MFW curriculum. We did not really do many extra activities with this one - but there was one thing that was my favorite! And, I thought some of you might enjoy incorporating this as well.
I had read on the message board about donating a goat to a family in another country ~ and loved the idea! I found the suggested book Beatrice's Goat at our library and this was a perfect accompaniment.
In the book, we are introduced to Beatrice and her family. They live in Africa and don't have much at all. But, there is great excitement at the promised coming goat they have been given from a family far away.
Beatrice is placed in charge of the goat and the remainder of the story shows how she learns to appreciate their goat and the changes that the goat brings to their lives. It is amazing what hope a goat can provide a family!
We talked about donating a goat to another family far away and the ladies got out their little banks where coins were counted and added to a jar. I encouraged them to choose some things to get rid of and I would donate some money to the goat fund through that as well.
The same day, David got called in to work extra hours - which meant a little overtime. We agreed that would finish funding our goat! I loved seeing how God provided each step of the way for us to cheerfully give to others.
I've written a letter to include with our donation in hopes that our girls might hear back from the recipients of the goat. While I know it is a very long shot - imagine how that might impact them! So, it is worth a try at the very least.
This was a meaningful activity to me and I hope that continuing to incorporate these types of things will cultivate a giving heart in my children as well!