By Phillip Sheldon

“How much does a goat cost?” Dad said as he walking around the hedge separating our two houses. “I don’t know. How much does a goat cost?” I smiled back thinking this was a joke. “No I’m    serious,” he commented. “I thought you might know having been to Kenya.”

“Well, I know what they are in Kenya, 750 shillings, but locally I’m not sure. Why do you ask?” I said.

Looking excitedly he said, “Well you know how we struggle to find the right Christmas gift because we all have so much? Well, I have the perfect solution. We won’t buy anything for each other. We’ll buy a goat or a milking cow or even some chickens and give them to some village in Africa instead. I got this pamphlet from World Vision and it shows you how. It will be great,” he beamed at me.

No presents? No socks to replace all the ones with holes. No knickknacks that will end up in a box somewhere. No bags of candies I really don’t need but eat every one before dinner so I can’t eat dinner but do anyways. “Sounds great Dad, how do we start?”

“Freely you have received, freely give.”  Matthew 10:8 NIV

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