That’s right – I said it.
The gifts that the wise men gave to Jesus were given as an act of worship. They were meaningful and significant.
That’s how I want to give gifts.
And for that reason I want to highlight some wonderful organizations that allow you to GIVE meaningful, significant, important gifts to people who desperately NEED them. You can make a difference with your gifts and cultivate joy in your own life – because there’s no greater feeling than knowing you are making a difference. I encourage you to reach out this year, beyond your family, and give to others less fortunate. Think of it as giving Jesus a gift just like Matthew 25:40 says “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
(Click on the links for more information about any of these great ministries.)
Angel Tree is a ministry for the 2.7 million children who have a parent in jail. This ministry allows you to give a gift to that child who may not be receiving gifts. It’s a great ministry that brings hope and joy into the lives of these children during a time when they are feeling abandoned and lonely.
This is one of my favorite ministries. Every year we fill shoe boxes to the brim with toys, toiletries, and everything in between for kids living in poverty across the world. It is very easy to participate in this ministry and it’s a great family activity. You can search the website for drop-off points near you or even build a box online. You can even track your box to see what country it gets delivered to. Every year I hear new testimonies from people who received a box as a child and it affected them deeply and changed their lives to know that Jesus cares for them.
Gifts of Compassion is another ministry of Compassion International. It is a whole catalog of gifts that you can give to help people escape from poverty. There are gifts such as “Training moms in India to be tailors“, “Give books to children in rural areas“, “Give a water filter to a family in Ethiopia” and “Teach pregnant and breastfeeding moms to prevent malnutrition” to name a few.
Similar to Gifts of Compassion, Samaritan’s Purse allows you to give towards different programs to improve the life of all different kinds of people. They have an outreach program for soldiers, you can buy a freshwater well for a village, and they even have an urgent need to feed a hungry baby for a week (only $9).
Harvest of Hope is geared towards sharing the love of God to the people of all nations, including unreached people groups. You can adopt a village, give animals to a family in need, provide seeds or a plow for a farmer, give health and medical supplies to villages in need, etc. There are a bunch of options and many of them cost $30 or less.
Through Gospel for Asia you can buy winter clothes for missionaries in remote parts of Asia who cannot afford appropriate clothes for the season.
There are also plenty of local opportunities to serve including at your local homeless shelters, food banks, and various other ministries.
Happy giving my friends.