Today was our last full day at Heifer Ranch. We spent the morning doing service in three crews: maintenance, livestock and gardening. The maintenance crew removed barbed wire fence and fence poles. The livestock crew moved a herd of sheep/cows, fed the baby ducks/chicks/rabbits, milked the goats, and painted signs. The gardening crew picked Japanese eggplant, cantaloupe and corn, and dug up red skinned potatoes. It was a perfect morning for work, with cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 70’s.
This afternoon it started raining and continued all day. We did our final challenge course inside because of the rain. The challenges helped us to think through working in community, and ended with a debrief of the week’s activities. We’re sad that our time with Josiah and Gaston (our facilitators) has come to a close. They have been great!
This evening we’re packing up so that we can head out to Little Rock tomorrow. During our evening devotion we created a list of all the places we’ve seen God this week, and we’d like to close this post by sharing it with you.
-the thanksgiving meal inside the Global Village
-the ranch volunteers who spend the month or year working here
-the hospitality of everyone at the ranch
-feeding the baby animals
-all the work, including removing the barbed wire fence
-the excitement of the kids in the Global Village
-Gaston and Josiah (their excitement, knowledge and joy)
-the ladies in the kitchen and the love they put into the food here
-everything about the ranch and the work Heifer International does in the world
-the challenge course
-picking herbs in the garden
-the compassion shown in the Global Village
-our kids’ desire to do something to help the people of the world who are hungry
Goodnight, all! We’ll check in again tomorrow.