One of my employers (I have 3!) Is Global Mission Partners. We support the work of a legend guy called BJ Mpofu in Zimbabwe, we have finally got a new truck through to him and his workers after massive struggles. As you know to buy anything in Zimbabwe is impossible as their currency is out of control, so to get the truck in to the country was an adventure! Today we heard this from him –
“Today our truck went to deliver maize meal to a rural area along the Harare Rd. While driving along the highway an elderly woman with her grandchildren were collecting any maize dropped on the road. The crew was so touched by this sight they stopped their truck and gave the old lady and her grand children a bag of maize meal. They also brought back stories of people who go for days without a meal and who survive by eating wild fruits. They described their experience of people who cried after they were given maize meal and who could not believe that their family were going to have a meal in the evening. I wanted to let you know that this is the impact the donations you give mean to our starving nation. May God bless those whose generosity is touching our people in such a special way.”
A gift of $50 will provide a bag of maize meal that will feed a family of 5 for a month. Every gift is such a blessing. There are many other gifts in the catalogue that are making a positive difference in peoples’ lives. Thank you for giving a great gift this year. Gift Catalogue Here.
Matty B just emailed some info on this Homeless Connect idea. I had been chatting with someone about it last Sat night when we were in at Perth Church of Christ sharing with them in a meal they provide for the homeless of Perth every Sat night.
Why not jump over there and see if you could volunteer?
See also this video from Homeless Connect Brisbane –
Ok, so TEAR do it, Compassion do it, Amnesty do it, Oxfam do it (probably the best campain in my opinion).
BUT – Now the organisation that I work for Global Mission Partners are doing it.
The Christmas gift catalogue for the poor.
COCOA Great Gifts catalogue
Most of us have everything we need. But there are plenty of people in the world who don’t. If you are agonising over gift choice this year, COCOA (Churches of Christ Overseas Aid) can make it easy for you with a whole catalogue of Great Gifts. Gifts such as these share with others our abundance and God’s love and compassion. To make someone else feel great, check out these Great Gifts. “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40 TNIV)
It really is a good idea, we do it for friends and extended family every year.
We actually have a temporary website up for the next few weeks, but if you can handle the not so functioning site, you can buy some gifts for people this year that will keep on giving…think – GOAT (milk for a long long time), think – Well (water for a community that keeps on running!) And many many more gifts to choose from. GO ON YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO 🙂
You may have seen this on the net/email, but it’s worth a look –
A weeks worth of food!
Photo 1 -Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07
Photo 2 -United States : The Revis family of North Carolina (Sure hope mostAmerican
families eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and less junk food than this family.)
Food expenditure for one week $341.98
Photo 3 – Italy : The Manzo family of Sicily
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11
Photo 4 -Mexico : The Casales family of Cuernavaca
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09
Photo 5 – Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27
Photo 6 – Egypt : The Ahmed family of Cairo
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53
Photo 7 – Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55
Photo 8 – Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03
Photo 9 – Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp
Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23