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. All of them now have graduated from college and have great jobs. 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.
My gift giving changed a few years ago. Instead of giving gifts that my nieces and nephews don’t really need, I’m having them choose what gifts they want to give the children in Africa. The money I would normally use to buy gifts will be used to help needy kids in South Africa and Lesotho in honor of my nieces and nephews. They are choosing from the following:
- School Shoes: $20
- School Jumper: $30
- School Pant: $20
- Winter Pack: $25
- School Pack: $7
- Christmas Pack: $20
When I return to Lesotho, we will 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?