As many that follow us on Facebook know, our sweet Ribo passed away yesterday. We are so very sad and are already missing her so much.
Many have asked what happened. We can only speculate as to that answer. We think that she ate some leaves that were poisonous on Sunday. On Monday, she started getting sick so we began medicating her, taking precautions because she was pregnant. She seemed to be getting better. Then, on Wednesday, I walked into the goat house to see that she had miscarried. It went downhill from there. On Wednesday night, she still hadn’t passed her afterbirth. A vet was suppose to show up at 8:30 on Thursday morning but never showed up. Luckily, Mo and Lauren went to the city and found a vet to come out here. He did everything that he could to help her pass her afterbirth, then told us to wait. On Friday morning, our sweet Ribo couldn’t fight any longer and passed away.
As sad as I was, I became infuriated as well. In the states, we would have had a vet at our house as soon as she started feeling sick. We would have had a vet to help IF she had the miscarriage. She wouldn’t have gone over 24 hours without passing her afterbirth WITHOUT HELP. It’s so easy for me, an American, to think these things. The fact of the matter is…we don’t live in the US. We live in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere where we don’t have the same luxuries available to us. THIS is the place that God wanted this goat project to happen. His plan is always better than mine, even when I don’t quite understand it or WHY.
This goat project is so important to us. God placed this on our friend Arden’s heart several years ago, so that it might provide nutrition and/or financial support to widows in our community. We started with two momma goats, and both of them are now dead. It’s easy to feel like a failure. It’s easy to feel discouraged. We have absolutely fallen in love with these goats, and we truly believe in this project.
These two momma goats have given us 3 nanny goats and 1 buck. These are the legacies of those momma goats to continue this project. Next week, the buck and one of the nannies will be going to our first widow to continue this project. The buck will be used to impregnate all the nanny goats in October. Please pray for the widow that will be receiving these sweet babies. Please pray that God gives her the wisdom to carry on this project. Please pray that God’s purpose in this project comes to fruition.
I also have a selfish request. Could you please pray for Lauren and I as we let go of these babies, and hand them over to the widow? We are really struggling with letting them go, especially since we just lost our sweet Ribo and her quadruplets.