‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ – Matthew 25:40 (NIV)
This passage from Matthew 25:31-46 challenges us, since it clearly indicates that people who demonstrate concern and generosity toward helping those in need – in tangible ways – will be rewarded, and that others have no such hope. It’s not enough to just have concern, for as the apostle James wrote, “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:17)
Then again, it is very possible to help others in all the ways Jesus spoke about, but to do so in a way that leads to no reward, perhaps to be seen by others or to receive thanks from those who benefit. Paul addressed this in 1 Corinthians 13:3:
“… if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.”
We need to think through our motivations and make sure they are right, and then do something. In our case, we formed a 501(c) (3) non-profit named Sheep Not Goats in 2013, and have been working to help the poor in Nicaragua (Central America’s poorest country) ever since.
Our philosophy revolves around work, not handouts, whenever possible. Even poor people know what their true needs are and value the dignity of having earned something with their own hands.
For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ – Matthew 25:35-36 (NIV)
In 2013, we built a farm near León, Nicaragua. In 2018, we began training women in need to knit beautiful baby blankets that we sell in the US, returning all of the profits to the knitters. This is a ministry of Sheep Not Goats. We call it Sheep Dreamzzz. The fluffy little sheep on our baby blankets are there because of Matthew 25, plain and simple.
If you have read this far, you understand the biblical call to help those in need. When you purchase from Sheep Dreamzzz, you not only receive a great baby gift, but you are helping a woman and a family in a sustainable way. This is ALL for them!
The ladies who knit work in our small home in a very safe and clean environment. There’s no smog, smoke, or animal hair around. It’s definitely not a factory environment (look at almost any baby blanket, including expensive ones, and you can tell it was cut from a roll and assembled in a factory).
The knitters work together, helping each other to finish as many blankets as they can each week. And through rigorous quality expectations we have trained them to be expert artisans of fine baby blankets!
Hopefully you need or can envision giving a baby blanket to a friend or loved one at some point in the future. Ours come with the story of how they helped a woman feed her family. There is also the option to donate to the Sheep Dreamzzz ministry. We use donations to help us bring yarn from the US (it does not exist in Nicaragua) and to help us get the word out. Donations are tax-deductible in the US.
“Someone gave me a Sheep Dreamzzz blanket after I had my third baby and it is, hands down, my favorite of all the baby blankets we’ve had.” – Katie (New York) ★★★★★ see all reviews