News flash– I work for Compassion International. You may have heard of it if you have read this blog more than once.
‘Nother news flash– It’s Christmas time. That blessed time of year when you gather together with loved ones and give gifts out of
obligation love. But I pray that you’ll remember that the reason to celebrate and give gifts has nothing to do with how naughty or nice you were. I hope that you’ll remember that it actually has nothing to do with any of us at all.
Christmas has everything to do with Jesus and what He gave to us. Salvation from death. Restoration from sin and shame. And complete redemption from where we’ve been and what we’ve done.
For the believer, this anointed time of year has everything to do with being the recipients of divine intervention.
Don’t get me wrong. I like presents as much as the next person. The thing is, material gifts so often dilute the immaterial gift of eternal life. And they really, really dilute “need vs want.”
If you live in the United States, chances are what you’ll receive this year is what you want, not necessarily what you need.
For the vast majority of humanity on earth though, receiving what they need on a daily basis is a toss-up. Sometimes they’ll eat. Sometimes they won’t. Sometimes they’ll survive malaria. Sometimes they won’t. What is a sure promise, for those living in poverty, is that Jesus came for them too.
So what if we, the church, the body, the bride, stepped up to the plate like the church before us.
In Acts 4 we get a glimpse of what the church is supposed to be. Beginning in verse 34, it says,
There was no needy among them, for as many were owners of lands and houses sold them and brought the proceeds to the apostles feet to be distributed to each as they needed.
I have an idea of how we can start looking a little more like this; giving of what we have to others who don’t. And it starts with Compassion.
This year at Compassion, we’re proud to introduce a gift catalogue. Here, you can buy different supplies that meet real material needs for those who need them most. And with the various price points, everyone can buy something!
For under $25, you can purchase mosquito nets for children that are vulnerable or prone to malaria. Or you can buy soccer balls for stellar athletes in the making. You could also buy a chicken for a family that will allow them to not only eat daily through the production of eggs, but the ability to start a small business. For $25, you could provide life saving vaccinations to young, at risk children.
For under $50, you can purchase educational supplies for children in school; you could provide mothers of babies with the nutritional supplies through kits; or you could purchase a goat, a common source of milk, meat, and income for many rural families.
For under $100, you help get Compassion beneficiaries start small business through bakeries and beauty school training. Or, you can help provide clean water for a lifetime to an entire family by purchasing a water filtration system.
Gifts above $100 can purchase anything from cows, to computers, sanitation facilities, to life saving surgeries through our Medical Assistance Fund.
Please prayerfully consider giving the gift of compassion and hope this Christmas season.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40