CASTAÑER, Puerto Rico — Over 75 years of service around the world, Heifer International has helped bring more than 34 million families out of poverty. It all began in Puerto Rico as a project of the Church of the Brethren. On Oct. 5, the denomination’s Puerto Rico District hosted the agency’s 75th anniversary celebration.
When Joel S. Billi became president of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria in 2016, the Boko Haram insurgency was beginning to wane. People were returning home to face their losses, including staff displaced from the church headquarters and pastors and congregations who had fled their communities.