I know that many of your congregations celebrate a Blessing of the Animals. Please take the next step. I want you to be activists for animal rights. And I know the perfect way to begin!
My friends Sonja, Sundari, and Patrick at Heart of Ganesh are working to educate and empower people to make the compassionate choice for wild, endangered, and captive elephants around the world.
Your congregation can join their campaign:
How can your church join the effort to help my sisters and brothers?
– Share the story in your church newsletter
– Introduce Ganga and her story to your children and youth and let them organize your letters
– Make “2 Million Letters for Ganga” the mission component of your Vacation Bible School
– This year, make your “Blessing of the Animals” an “Elephant Sunday” with letters for Ganga
– Invite speakers from Heart of Ganesh for VBS, Women’s Fellowship, or your “Blessing Service”
Here’s an overview of 2 Million Letters for Ganga:
Say “Hello!” to Ganga
Ganga is a young elephant chained and confined in the famous Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Ganga, like so many other temple elephants, is wholly revered in myth but poorly cared for in reality.
Writing Letters for Compassionate Care
Add your voice to the international call for Compassionate Care with our worldwide letter writing campaign – for Ganga, and for all temple elephants everywhere.
What Are We Asking For?
We are asking for the Five Freedoms for Animals in Captivity:
Freedom from hunger and thirst
Freedom from discomfort
Freedom from pain, injury and disease
Freedom from fear and distress
Freedom to express normal behaviors
Printing the Letters
Photos of the handwritten letters are sent to Colombo, Sri Lanka, where local print shops are paid to print the letters.
Delivering the Letters
Every time 1,000 letters are printed, they will be hand-delivered by volunteers to the Monks who are ultimately responsible for Ganga. Simultaneously, electronic copies of every single letter will be sent, 1,000 at a time, to Sri Lanka’s President and the Prime Minister.
More questions? Please check out the FAQ.