“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Mother Teresa
If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. (NIV) I Jn 3:17-18
A part of the Christmas celebration in America is gift giving. Throughout the years I have given gifts to each of my nieces and nephews. For years I have felt like the central message of the Christmas story, God giving us His Son, has been greatly diminished as I hunt for gift ideas.
A few years ago my gift giving changed…instead of giving gifts that others don’t really need, I had them choose what gifts they want to give the children in Africa. The money I would normally use to buy gifts I used to help needy kids in South Africa and Lesotho in honor of those at home that I loved.
Here are a few ideas for special gifts for some very special children:
- School Shoes: $20
- School Jumper: $30
- School Pant: $20
We purchase the items and distribute them directly to those who are the neediest. Would you prayerfully consider adding a gift this year for a child in South Africa or Lesotho?
When we think of Africa, we may think of hot deserts with dry and dusty lands, but how many of us actually realize that there are places that experience cold winters, with snow and temperatures that drop below freezing? This isn’t the picture we normally get when thinking of Africa, but this is the reality in many parts of Lesotho and South Africa. The winter months, May-September, are tough in this region.
What do you do when you live in a place that is freezing cold, and it’s hard to stay warm? You can’t turn on the heat. There is none. You can’t put on a warm jacket or blanket when you don’t have any. And you can’t slip under the warmth of a comforter at night when the only thing you have to sleep on is the cold cement floor.
We want to give. We want to give so that these children won’t have to suffer in the cold. Next month our goal is to distribute hundreds of winter packs (hats, gloves, scarves, and blankets) to children in Lesotho and South Africa. We hope you will help us bring warmth to a country that so desperately needs it…
Make a secure online donation for African winter packs