This Christmas, what do you get for someone who has everything? What do you get for those impossible to buy for people? How about getting them something that can change lives forever.
A few years ago, a little before Christmas, my dad told the family that he already had everything he needed AND when he wanted something, he went out and bought it. With this in mind he asked that we not buy him anything for Christmas. He didn’t need another tie or gag golf gift. Instead he asked that we use the money to make a difference elsewhere.
Oonaugh and I went out and got him a bicycle, but we gave it to someone else.
We not only gave Dad a gift, we also gave the message of Jesus Christ mobility.
When speaking with pastors in India, many have one request: a bicycle. The reason, so they can bring the gospel message more effectively to the neighbouring community. While many pastors are making this trip on foot we know a bike will help them reach those who need to hear more efficiently. The cost was only $125.00. I have been fortunate enough to have been present at a number of “bicycle giveaways” in Tamil Nadu, India, and the gratitude expressed by these pastors is beyond words to describe. We have since bought a second bicycle for Dad. He now has two bikes that he has never seen. I’ll let you in on a little secret…….Dad’s getting a third one this year….shhhhhh.
Here are some other ideas depending on your price range.
$5 Sponsor a child to attend camp and weekly follow-up programs At camp each child is loved, well fed and introduced to the best Christmas present of all… Jesus!
$15 Clothes for a pastor – it’s a small gift that is a huge encouragement to a pastor. And you never have to worry about getting the wrong size.
$10 Train a leader – Mobilize young leaders that will contribute faithfully to camp, follow-up, youth councils and other church run programs.
$30 Sports equipment – Purchase the simple things that make camp special for kids (cricket bats, balls, skipping ropes, etc.).
$25 New Testaments and lesson materials for up to 100 children for a full year – Sponsor the gift of the word this Christmas.
$100 A church follow-up program (or $2 per child) – Children who attend camp often invite their friends to attend follow-up programs and more resources are needed.
$500 A cow – You could help a struggling pastor reach self-sufficiency this Christmas. It will provide nourishing milk for his family AND income through the sale of the extra milk.
Instead of sharing a $15 or $20 gag gift at the office party this year, why not give a gift that can make a real difference this year? Check out all of these gifts HERE.
This Christmas, why not ask for a gift that can make a real difference?
How will YOU shop this year?