Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ideas to Bring the Heart of Christmas Home

Dear Friends,

This Christmas, join us in bringing the heart of Christmas home by blessing people in your life and around the world with gifts of Life, Opportunity and Hope. You can touch hearts in creative ways with World Concern’s Global Gift Guide. Here are just a few ideas:

Let a young person in your family choose a gift. God may use this experience to shape their heart. When my nephew, Stephen, was in kindergarten, I invited him to choose a gift from the Global Gift Guide. He found the photo of beaming Bangladeshi fishermen hauling a net full of fish into their boat, and his face lit up at the idea of giving someone a fish pond. We filled in the gift order, I wrote the check, and he kept that photo of fishermen by his desk for the next year. Many years later, he loves fishing. And he has a passion for helping people in poverty. He spent last summer working with a poor village in Honduras to start a community library. This year he’s a freshman in the International Relations Program at Tufts University. Who knows whether God used that fish pond in unseen ways to influence the course of his future career?

Challenge the kids at your church. Work with your children’s ministry to grow kids’ hearts for the world by giving them the opportunity to bless someone a world away. Children love to give. Let them set a goal, choose a gift from the Global Gift Guide, and earn or collect money toward the purchase they have selected. They might give ducks by the dozen to a family in need. Or rescue a child from the dangers of trafficking. Or help some children across the world go to school. We even have a free church Global Gift Guide Kit to help you.

Use the Global Gift Guide in your prayer time. It’s colorful and full of human interest stories. While you pray, let a page per day inspire you. In a month you will have prayed around the world.

Use the link below to see World Concern’s Global Gift Guide. It’s jam-packed with ways to honor a loved one, and at the same time enter the life of someone struggling to survive and offer them the opportunity they have been praying for.

We’ll be glad to mail you copies as well. Just email us or give us a call.

Have a blessed holiday season.


Sarah Leech
Director of Women of Purpose


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