Find God in a Goat and Two Chickens

By Karen O’Connor:

Karen O’Connor:  We can find God as we give–including giving a goat and two chickens to lift others up out of poverty.


Last year my husband and I decided to give Christmas gifts on behalf of our loved ones that made a difference in the lives of people we’ll never meet. We helped others find God in a goat and two chickens or a sheep or a pair of ducks. What a thrill it was to know that people on the edge of starvation would be able to make it for another year or more because of these gifts.

“My very own goat saved the family from hunger,” said an eleven-year-old fatherless boy in Zimbabwe, quoted in the World Vision gift catalogue. (

Ducks bring hundreds of eggs and extra income and rabbits are blessings that multiply.

When I consider the abundance that surrounds my family I am humbled to think about families in third-world countries and some right here in the United States that would be thrilled with something as ordinary as a farm animal or clean drinking water or a new piece of clothing.

If you’d like to contribute to the lives of children and parents in impoverished areas, it is as easy as going to the Internet and choosing a charitable organization that makes this kind of giving easy and fast. You too can find God in a goat and two chickens or in whatever gift you select, as you also read in the Bible about how God wants you to give:

17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share (1 Timothy 6:17-18, NIV Bible).

You will pass on God’s love to others and provide life-giving help that could save people from sickness and starvation.

Take a look at this YouTube video “The Ripple Effect of Just One Goat.”

©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor  

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