As I make my Christmas list this year I'm asking the Lord to help me be a good steward in my plans, be reasonable about what I write on the list for my kids, and seriously rethink the way I'm going to do things.
This is a really important post. There are two ideas I wanted to share with you all as we all plan our lists of things to buy:
They have books for all ages, calendars, note cards with Joni's artwork, music, and a lot more. All of the local Joni and Friends offices are self supported, meaning they have to raise their own support. One way I can help them do that is to purchase some of their catalog items directly from a local office and they get a portion of the cost directly in their pocket. (They are a dollar or two more than CBD, but it's worth it to me.) I'm trying to make my list based on what they have to offer so I can support them this way. I have my eye on several of the children's products!
IMPORTANT NOTE: When you look online, please don't order directly from that link! No harm in doing that, but if you did it that way, the California office will get that profit, and the Knoxville office could really use your help! If you make a list of the items you'd like to order, call the Knoxville Office to place your order and you will be helping my local office and the missionary my Sunday School class has adopted! (The number is at the bottom of the screen. Tell them I told you about them!)
Gospel for Asia is a ministry that trains and sends native missionaries to share the good news of Christ with those who have never heard. Many of their gifts are funded by way of their Christmas Gift Catalog. But it's a very different kind of catalog! Instead of ordering an inanimate object that will arrive in your mailbox in a few days, you can order a goat or a pig for a needy family or missionary in Asia! (The true meaning of a gift that keeps on giving!)
You could purchase a rickshaw for a man so he can support his family.
For five dollars you could buy a blanket for a child who has none.
For forty dollars you could purchase a winter clothing packet for a missionary who has a need.
For three dollars you can purchase a Bible.
For eleven dollars you can purchase a chicken.
The list goes on and on.
I must warn you, if you're like me, by the end of the catalog you'll be utterly finished with Christmas as we know it here in America. So don't be offended if I send you a card that says I bought a goat in your name for a family who has a much greater need than anything we will ever know here in America. And I sure won't be offended if that's what you do for me. PLEASE go look at what you can do for a very small amount of money. There is a short video there to watch or show your kids too.
If you choose to purchase a gift in another's honor, Gospel For Asia will even send a Christmas card explaining your gift directly to them or to you so you can personally send it! As we're focusing our studies on chidlren's around the world and praying for all to know Jesus, this has been a neat way to give Jacob an opportunity to make a difference too.
Please join me in helping others this way this year!