THE ETERNITY OF BILLIONS ARE AT STAKE
The current refugee crisis situation has been and continues to be one of the most tragic scenarios in recent history and the suffering and loss have been incomprehensible, but it has opened new doors for Christians to share the Gospel and the love and hope of Christ with so many of the Muslim faith. The doors may not be open for long, but they are open for now and we need to be 'all in' while we have this opportunity. Cattle for Christ and our ministry partners are fully invested, but we need your help to carry it through. Please don't let this opportunity pass us by. The eternity of billions are at stake.
Our work among the refugees is focused, but is strategically designed to not only meet the dire and urgent physical needs of the refugees (where they are), but to do so in ways that build relationships for evangelism and discipleship. The Good News and the love of Jesus Christ is the only thing that can give them help and hope not only in their desperate current situation, but also hope for eternity in Heaven where there will be no more sin, death, suffering, war, grief or pain. Islam offers no assurance of salvation, so the Gospel message of Jesus Christ is indeed Good News to those are facing such tragic hopelessness and deadly situations each and every day.
Though we are doing some work with refugee children here in the U.S., the majority of our work with refugees is currently focused primarily in the Middle East, West Africa and among Ukrainians in Romania and Poland. The work varies, but our priorities are as follows:
Herd HistoryGlenn and Larry Cochran talked and prayed on a Thursday afternoon in 2007 about what Glenn thought to be a leading of the Holy Spirit to start a Cattle For Christ herd. We had nowhere to put cows and no equipment to handle them except for six acres that Glenn owned and a small catch pen that he had built for his six personal heifers at the time. We felt that having a CFC herd would allow more cattlemen and others in the agriculture industry to be involved in the ministry through the donation of live cattle, embryos, semen, equipment, feed, supplies, services, etc., when giving cash may not be an option for them. We had no idea how to start the herd or how to make it work, but the Lord did! You can watch a You-Tube Video about our cattle herd and how it works by clicking here. Well to make a long story short, within just three years we had over 300 head of predominately registered Angus cattle running on over 200 acres of donated or rented pasture--and we never purchased a cow and never borrowed any money! In addition, we have the help of over 65 Corporate Sponsors who help with equipment, feed, minerals, supplies, maintenance, construction, embryo work, etc.. Click on this link to see a current listing of our Corporate Sponsors. On September 5th, 2011 we had our first Cattle for Christ "Moving Em Out For Missions" Sale where we sold over 175 head that generated over $300,000.00 to support our misson work here at home and around the world. In addition, we sold addditional cattle after the sale private treaty and we kept 29 cows as 'seed' to restart our herd. Our ability to be profitable in the CFC herds would not be possible without the help of the Corporate Sponsors and the many Ranches and Farms that help us.
How We Give Back to the IndustryOur mission work and our cattle herds have opened the doors for Glenn and Greg to speak with and host several youth organizations, high schools and universities through the years. Our last field day was held on the farm in AL on October 26th 2016 with the Coffee CountyYouth Leadership Program. Many of these high school students have never been on a cattle ranch. Not only did we get to pray for them and share the Gospel message, but we also taught and showed them how beef gets safely from the pasture to their plates. They also got to learn about free range chickens, goats, and forestry. We try to host as many of these type field days as we can for various cattle groups, youth organizations, Farm/City events, and military famiies at the neighboring Ft. Rucker, AL where all of the U.S. Army helicopter pilots, Warrant Officer Candidates (and other specialties) spend at least a year of their career. Most of these families have never been on a working cattle farm, so our herds help us to educate them about the safety of the beef industry, the humane treatment that farmers and ranchers provide for the cattle, and how farmers and ranchers are the best stewards of the environment----most all of which is contrary to what they hear and see in the media. These field days not only give recognition to our Corporate Sponsors and exposure to the genetics of the Farms and Ranches that donate their cattle, but it gives us the opportunity to really educate the public about beef production and promote the industry as a whole. In 2010, the year before we had our first Cattle for Christ Moving' Em Out for Missions Sale, the Cattle for Christ AL farm was awarded the Farm/City Outstanding Conservation Farm of the Year Award. We do all we can on our farm and in our herds to not only be successful and generate income for the ministry of Cattle for Christ International, but also to make the Industry look the best that we can. We run our farm and our cattle to make all the Farmers, Cattlemen, Ranchers and Ag Industries proud of our representation of the industry as a whole. The way we see it, we are accomplishing a lot of what Beef Checkoff dollars are doing, but at no cost to the producers. We are lifelong cattlemen and we are doing everything we can to make the industry we love and that has been good to us, the best it can be. Thank you to all who have supported our work. We pray that you will continue to do so. If you are not a Cattle for Christ ministry partner, we hope that you find us worthy of your support.
How You Can Help With the CFC Herds:For IRS purposes, we will provide you with an IRS 8283 for non-cash contributions and a receipt for cash contributions just like you get from your church. You can contact us for additional information. We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry so all donations are income tax deductible as allowed by law. 100% of the proceeds from our Cattle for Christ herds go to support the work of Cattle for Christ. Both Glenn and Greg raise their own salary and do not get one penney of the funds generated from the CFC herds or the money given for missions. Though we need and can accept any number of cattle that can be donated, we currently need at least 65 sound and productive females (of any beef breed: purebred or commercial) to put into our AL herd and 105 females for our TX herd for us to reach our minimum goal for each herd. We also have ongoing needs for top quality registered herd sires. (Since herd sires affect the genetics and performance of so much of our herd, we reserve the right to lease out or sell any donated bulls that we feel will not significantly help our herds). To help us with our herds, here are just a few of the ways you can help: Donate beef cattle to be placed into our herds and we will take care of them (a non-cash contribution). We will help arrange transportation if needed. Designate a particular animal/animals in your herd, keep them at home, and donate the proceeds of their progeny to fund our work: (a cash contribution). Designate a particular lot (an animal, pregnancy, flush, embryos or semen) in your production sale and advertise that the proceeds from that lot will go to support Cattle for Christ: (a cash contribution). Donate the funds for us to purchase cattle to go into our herds: (a cash contribution). **(We do not purchase any cattle unless funds are specifically designated for that purpose) Donate or sell cull beef or dairy cattle that we can sell and the proceeds will go to fund our mission work: (Could be a cash or non-cash contribution depending on how it is handled.) If you have other income to tithe to your local church, tithe the proceeds of your cattle sales: (a cash contribution). Donate the proceeds of any animal that you choose year to year (a cash contribution). Donate hay, feed, equipment, vehicles, tractors, supplies, land, etc., to help with our herd needs: (non-cash contribution). Donate semen or embryos that we can use in our International training events or resale (non-cash contribution). **Due to storage restraints, we reserve the right to accept only the semen and embryos that we determine we can either resell, transfer into recipients, or export to enhance our mission work. Advertise for us in your sale catalogs, website and/or other advertisements. We have print ready ads available from business card size to 1/4, 1/2 and full page ads that we can send to you or your printer. If you are a business, become one of our Corporate Sponsors and donate your goods or services: (cash or non-cash contributions). Click here to see a partial listing of our Corporate Sponsors. Invite us to speak or meet with your local, regional, state and national cattle meetings or your church and civic organizations. Use your influence to help us get the support of others. Cattle for Christ is a member of the Nation al Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), the American Angus Association, the American Simmental Association, the American Hereford Association, the United Braford Breeders Association (UBBA), the Beefmaster Breeders United Association (BBU), the Alabama Cattlemen's Association, the Alabama Angus Association, and the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA).
Current Children's Ministries in the U.S.The CFC SIDEKICK talking stuffed animals are an exciting and cutting-edge ministry that Cattle for Christ initiated to reach and minister to the needs of children in America. This is a ministry that we are the most excited about and one that will not only minister to children living in crisis situations but will also minister equally to every child (boys and girls) regardless of their circumstances, standard of living or social setting. We sincerely believe that this ministry resource will literally transform the lives of entire generations of children in America for the Glory of God and for the benefit of our nation and the world! We believe the CFC SIDEKICKS will help raise up an entire generation of children in America who possess a Biblical worldview and understanding of God's love that has been lost since God, prayer and the Bible were taken out of public schools. Our children are being bombarded by media, advertising and entertainment that teach them everything except Godly Biblical principles. The CFC SIDEKICKS will help to give children a foundation on which to stand to resist the teachings that the world and culture are trying to teach them--a culture that is working in every way to lure them away from God. These talking, huggable companion animals have been tested around the world (under the name of Wildlife Storytellers who was the brainchild of Susan VonOlszewski and have proven to be just as effective to ministering to teens, adults, and the elderly--especially with children and women who have been victims of sex trafficking or abuse. The idea of putting the Father's Love Letter and custom audio addressing specific trauma and crisis situations that children in America are facing, was an idea that the Holy Spirit gave to Glenn as he prayed for a God's guidance as to how we could best reach and minister to the needs of our own children while also ministering to the needs of all of God's children around the world. This happened when He and John Ramey were working with traumatized refugee children on the Syrian border and witnessed an 11-year-old girl named Mise, pour kerosene over her head and set herself on fire because she heard she was going to be raped again that night! Glenn knew that we had to do something transformational to minister to and help children like little Mise who are suffering and facing severe traumas and crisis situations; the CFC SIDEKICKS were the answer to his prayers. We believe these talking animals with the 'Father's Love Letter' message alone, will raise up an entire generation of children who know of God's love for them and His plans for their lives. As they go to sleep every night snuggling with their animal companion and listening to these soothing and moving messages, the Holy Spirit will be planting seeds in their hearts that will grow and that never leave them. We were given special permission to use the 'Father's Love Letter' by its author; Barry Adams, who is the founder of FatherHeart TV. The message of the 'Father's Love Letter' is absolutely the best audio that we have heard to help reach children with Gospel message and teach them of the Father's love for them as individuals and His plans for their lives. Our SIDEKICKs make excellent gifts for baby showers, Christmas gifts, birthdays, or just as gifts to give your children, grandchildren or any child you want to bless and teach about God's love for them. The CFC SIDEKICKS are not just stuffed animals--they are plush, huggable 'companions' that will be bring comfort and joy and that any child would love to have. They can also be customized by individuals, businesses, churches, universities, and civic organizations to be given out to their own target audiences to reach children at risk or who are sick or hurting. We only have a few hundred of these animals still available (teddy bear, tiger and elephants), so we must raise $30,000 before we can purchase more. We are also working to raise funds ($75,000.00) to create and produce other animals such as cows, horses, dogs, sheep, lions, etc. We must have the funds before we order, because minimum quantities of at least 1,000 each are required to get the best pricing on each animal. Custom audios can also be added from Universities, Businesses, Churches, Civic Organizations, etc.., so that children will know who gave them the animals. (CFC SIDEKICKS and our other CFC TRAILBLAZER players are not sold but are made available for a minimum income tax deductible donation). Click 'Contact Us' to discuss minimum donations for the SIDEKICKS or click here to make a donation now to provide a CFC SIDEKICK for those you love or for us to give away for you. Our goal is to get these talking animals into the hands of every child in America at the earliest age possible. As your children are put to bed every night hugging their very own plush companion, the 'Father's Love Letter' will lull them to sleep while instilling in them the Father's love and Biblical teaching. This tremendous audio is designed to be peaceful and relaxing, and it surely is. We are also currently working to develop professionally produced custom audios for specific crises situations and traumas that our own children are facing such as cancer, physical and sexual abuse, grief, divorce, abandonment, etc., that will be added to the Father's Love Letter audio on the CFC SIDEKICK animal's players. These will be the first tools of their kind on the market and will help children and their families right here at home learn how to deal with the traumas they are facing, while also learning about the Father's love for them. Using this combination of the custom audios addressing specific traumas added to the message of the Father's Love Letter, these talking SIDEKICK animals can literally help us raise up a whole generation of children in America who not only receive help in overcoming and surviving their crisis situations, but who will also learn to love God and one another, as they learn of His love for them and His love for others. It will also teach them God's Word and even how to pray in a way they can understand!
International Children's MinistriesSince our incorporation in 2001 we have worked with children traumatized by the effects of war, slavery, abuse, poverty, abandonment, sickness, hunger, grief and other crisis situations. Not until the Syrian, Iraqi, Sudanese, Fulani and Ukranian refugee crisis's have we ever seen absolute hopelessness and the levels of abuse and suffering among children that we are seeing now. In the Middle East (as specific as we can be online), we have been supporting a Christian school for Syrian & Iraqi refugee children. Over 135 refugee children are being loved, cared for, fed, educated and have a 'safe place' at this school which was founded by an indigenous pastor and his family. The leadership, staff, counselors and teachers are all doing an excellent ministry among these oppressed and traumatized children. Many children and their entire families have come to faith in Christ through this school. It costs about $1,500 per month to purchase food for the children, school supplies and some income for the teachers in just this one school. We also fund the weekly distribution of fresh vegetables from our partnership farm located in the same region to feed these students and their families. As we have funds to do so, we also provide medicines, emergency medical care and basic hygiene products that they have no ways to secure on their own as refugees. We also fund medical supplies, hygiene products, blankets and school tuition for children outside the area of our school so that they can at least have a basic education. Right now, we are only able to help a small number of children outside our school, but we could help tens of thousands more if we just had the funds to actually purchase the products. We do not need money to hire staff, we have several indigenous Christians on the ground that will do the work if we can just give them the supplies to work with. As refugees, the people come into their countries of refuge with nothing except what they can carry on the backs as they travel several days through the harsh deserts. They are not allowed to legally work inside their countries of refuge because there are just too many of them. International relief organizations can only give them tarps to make a tent, blankets, a small gas stove and a small monthly food card. To get medical care, medicines and basic hygiene products (toilet paper, diapers, feminine products, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, clothes, etc.., they have to sell their food cards for pennies on the dollar---meaning they have to choose between those needs and food for their families. Your cash donations can help us literally help millions of these needy children and their families around the world while we share with them the Good News of Jesus Christ. For many years Cattle for Christ has also been involved in schools and orphanages among Muslims in Mauritania, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Pakistan and India. Due to safety concerns for those who are being served and to protect the identity of those doing the work, we cannot show pictures of this work on the Internet. We do show some of these pictures in small groups or in churches upon request. These children are also victims of abuse, neglect, poverty, violence and abandonment. Many of the girls are not even allowed to be educated in the Muslim and Hindu cultures, so provisions have to be made to educate them under the radar. The opportunities we provide to bring these children into loving, safe, Christian environments where they can be loved, fed, educated and shown the love of Christ, will prepare them to be well educated and Christian agents of change in their own cultures. Nobody can reach Muslims as effectively as Christians who were once Muslims and who know the Islamic religion and the Koran, but who also now know Jesus and the Bible. We refer to them as Muslim Background Believers and Cattle for Christ has worked since 2001 to help in these new Christians be established in their faith and trained to reach others. This need is ongoing and can be expanded as much as funding will allow. Nothing will deter the threat and oppression the world faces from radical Islam and Hinduism like the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ can--but they have to hear the Gospel to be changed! The younger they hear, the more open they are to the Gospel and the ways of Christ. Please donate today to help us minister to the growing needs and numbers of children living in crisis both here at home and around the world. Our strategic and effective work can expand must broader and deeper than it is now. All we need is the resources to do the work!
Our History in Children's MinistryFor many years Cattle for Christ has been involved in schools and orphanages among Muslims in Mauritania, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Ethiopia. Due to safety concerns for those who are being served and to protect the identity of those doing the work, we cannot show pictures of this work on the Internet. We do show some of these pictures in small groups or in churches upon request. These children are also victims of abuse, neglect, poverty, violence and abandonment. Many of the girls are not even allowed to be educated in the Muslim cultures, so provisions have to be made to educate them under the radar. The opportunities to bring these children into loving, safe, Christian environments where they can be loved, fed, educated and shown the love of Christ, will prepare them to be well educated and Christian agents of change in their own cultures. Nobody can reach Muslims as effectively as Christians who were once Muslims and who know the Islamic religion and the Koran, but who also now know Jesus and the Bible. We refer to them as Muslim Background Believers and Cattle for Christ has worked since 2001 to help in these new Christians be established in their faith and trained to reach others. This need is ongoing and can be expanded as much as funding will allow. Nothing will deter the threat and oppression the world faces from radical Islam like the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ--but they have to hear the Gospel to be changed! The younger they hear, the more open they are to the Gospel and the ways of Christ. Please donate today to help us minister to the growing needs and numbers of children living in crisis both here at home and around the world. Though we have funded and been involved in children's ministry in Beirut, Uganda, India, Mauritania, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Nepal, Haiti, the Middle East, West Africa and in several South and Central American countries, four of our greatest success stories have been in Peru and in the Middle East. With the help of Larry Cochran, (past President of GO InterNational, Glenn's missions mentor, and a CFC Board Member since our incorporation in 2001), Cattle for Christ was able to be a part of the establishment and growth of the George Washington Carver School in Chincha, Peru, founded and managed by Geraldo Guzman and his family. This school which was built in one of the barrios (slum areas) of Chincha, is one of a kind. Not only do the children get one of the best educations in Peru, they also get a Christian education. These children are loved and held to the highest standards of academic achievement. They win almost every competition they are in, competing against the largest schools in Peru. The George Washington Carver School has since planted a second school and together have over 410 students currently enrolled. In addition to providing a top rated education, the children are also being taught the Bible and Biblical principles for living. Yes, they still have prayer and Bible reading in every class and most all of the children and many of the parents have come to know Jesus in a personal way. A good education, combined with the Gospel and training in Biblical principles is the key to breaking and reducing the vicious cycle of poverty and abuse in the world. These schools in Chincha that we started funding in 2001 are now self sustaining, which is the goal for all of our work around the world. The second success story is in the community of Comas, Peru (in the outskirts of Lima) where Wilma Grandez runs a school for poor and abused children. She now has over 150 full-time students. The geographical setting is very poor and barren. When Wilma first started ministering to the children of this area 13-14 years ago, she would cook whatever food she could carry up the mountain in a large pot and would feed as many children as she could. While she fed them, she also taught them Bible stories and songs. Cattle for Christ purchased the very first gas stove, pots and pans, and bagged rice and beans, and other supplies when this school was still just one of four feeding stations that were strategically spread out across this community where Wilma was reaching out to poor and abused children. In 2011 the construction of the official school was completed and full accreditation was granted by the Government. To see kindergarten children (all abused and extremely poor children) reading and writing in cursive (in English and in Spanish) is such a blessing and an amazing achievement. When you walk into the kindergarten classroom and hear the children quoting the 23rd and 100th Psalm at the top of their lungs, you can see God has been at work and Wilma has been faithful. The same level of success was evident in all the classrooms which go through the 6th grade. The children get a nutritious breakfast and lunch while they are in school. Sadly, many of the children have to return home, back into the abusive situations every afternoon when school is over. This is probably the toughest mental and emotional obstacle for Wilma and the other teachers. The Government who once opposed Wilma's school in most every way now endorses her work, but they still will not allow her to house the children at the school overnight. Wilma also works with many of the mothers in the community to help them learn skills to support their family. She has led many of them to the Lord and they now help her. Having Christian mothers to go home to who now have the skills and opportunity to earn some income has reduced the abuse in some homes, but many more children continue to suffer. In most of the homes daddy's are not present--either off looking for work or otherwise absent. In spite of all the oppression and the hundreds of thousands of other children who are not being reached, hundreds of these children have been ministered to, loved and educated throughout the years. They now have a good education and have the Living Jesus in their hearts enabling them to go out and rise above the poverty and abuse and to become agents of change in their own and other communities. It is difficult to find the words to describe how great the needs are, how precious the children are, and how greatly the Lord is using Geraldo, Wilma, and their families to bless these children and help them reach their God given potential.