Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Catharine


Catharine Janzen was my mother-in-law. Catharine was a giving woman who did not suffer fools gladly. Catharine heard Dan West talk about his idea for sustainable gifts to those in need. Dan West conceived of the idea of sending a pregnant animal to someone in need. That person passes the first pregnant female animal on to the next Heifer Project recipient. The first heifer was named Faith.

Catharine had faith in Faith, and the Janzens sent their first heifer in 1956. Heifer Project is a family tradition. Ruth and I were in Missouri with our friends Randy and Margie. We drove to Little Rock Arkansas to Heifer International. There we saw the work Heifer does all over the world. But perhaps most moving was a brick, paving the way to the Heifer Village. God rest her soul.

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