Barnyard Banks will be sent home for Sunday School children to use during the Lenten Season. This helps them learn that putting money in their banks allows them to purchase animals for families around the world. Adults are encouraged to participate also. Prices for animals as listed:
$30 piglet – It doesn’t take long for a tiny piglet to grow to 200 pounds or more. And when this piggy goes to the market, it’s worth a pretty penny. Should a family have a failed harvest or an unexpected need, this gift can be cashed in to make all the difference.
$10 chicks – Ten little chicks make a big difference. Eggs are not only an ongoing supply of protein-rich meals, they also help bring in steady income when sold at the market.
$15 rooster – Add a rooster to the chicken coop, and help the farm grow! More chickens on the farm mean more eggs to eat and sell at the market.
$50 goat – If there’s a superhero of the barnyard, it just might be the goat. Why? Because goats can go where other animals can’t, surviving in some of the world’s harshest environments. Fresh milk from a goat provides daily nutrition for children and their families. *A pair of goats for $100.
$500 cow – Just one dairy cow can produce as many as 3 gallons of milk each day. Nutritious, calcium-packed milk from a cow helps ensure that children grow up healthy and strong. Extra milk can also be used to make cheese, yogurt, butter and other dairy products to eat and sell for a steady source of income. With food and funds – not to mention fertilizer for fields – a cow is a total package for a family in need. *A share of a cow for $50.
$250 fish farm – Give your neighbor a fish, and they’ll eat for a day. Give your neighbors a community fish farm, and they’ll eat for a lifetime. A fish farm begins with a pond, training and a few fast-growing fish, such as tilapia. Very quickly, the pond teems with enough fish to provide healthy meals for families in the community.
$1000 oxen and plow – With tractors and machines few and far between, a rural farmer can only till so much of a field by hand. A pair of oxen and a plow is a transformational way to share God’s abundance with those in need, with the possibility of doubling or tripling a farmer’s annual harvest. *A share of oxen and plow is $100.
$20 honeybees – A buzz-worthy gift, honeybees have a growing importance as the shrinking honeybee population worldwide is especially worrisome. Beeswax can be transformed into handcrafted soaps, candles, honey and other products to create a small, sustainable business. But that’s not all – we know that their mere presence on a farm means that they are pollinating plants and boosting crop growth far and wide.
$715 family farm – A cow, a couple of goats, a dozen chicks, two pigs, farming tools, seeds and agricultural training and support, can help a family achieve a fresh start. With new tools and techniques, crops will grow stronger than ever. Eggs, milk and meat from the animals provide a lifetime of food to eat and sell on the market.
Barnyard banks are due by April 8.