Sometimes it is the small things that can make a big impact.
Every year my family makes it a point to find a way to give back to others at Christmas time. Every year we participate in Operation Christmas Child, which is a wonderful way to give back to children who are less fortunate than we are and make sure that they are loved and celebrated at Christmas. This year we plan to flip through the Samaritan’s Purse gift catalog for other ways to give back. The practice of giving back at Christmas time is such a great way to remember what the season is all about. It can become so easy to become swept up in all of the shopping and decorations, losing focus of the ministry opportunity that Christmas is. In the midst of the Christmas season and all of the excitement that goes along with it, taking some time to step back from it all and focus on those outside of ourselves and seeking out ways we can be a blessing to them by sharing what the Lord has blessed us with has such a positive effect on us as a family. It has been a wonderful tool with which to teach our kids about the needs of others and how we are called to show God’s love. It is also a great way to recognize blessing in our own lives and reset our hearts to thankfulness. It is incredibly fulfilling to touch the life of another person, knowing that you have made a positive impact on them, sometimes by doing or giving of something so small. If you are looking for a way to reach beyond yourself this year and impact the lives of those less fortunate, check out the Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog for 42 opportunities to give.
Samaritan’s Purse shares a wonderful story this year about two kids who dreamed big and were able to make a tremendous impact in the lives of many women in the Congo.
Siblings Gabe and Livvy Feinn picked up the mail for their family in Louisville, Kentucky, and found a Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog addressed to their grandmother, who lives with them.
Intrigued, Gabe, 13 at the time, and Livvy, 9, decided they wanted to raise $14 to buy chickens for an impoverished family overseas. Selling cupcakes at a garage sale, they made more than twice their goal. Encouraged by their success, they decided to support a family by paying for a goat. It took them just two days to raise the money.
Gabe then told his mom, “We want to do something that takes a lot of faith.” They looked at several possibilities and set their hearts on a far bigger goal: $35,000 to renovate a mission hospital.
Gabe posted on his Facebook page that he would give a cake to anyone who donated to the cause, using skills he learned in a homeschool class in cake decorating.
“I make the cakes and Gabe decorates the cakes,” Livvy said. Gabe became known as “Gabe the Cake Man,” and donations came pouring in.
The Lord blessed their many months of effort, and Gabe and Livvy reached their God-sized goal. Samaritan’s Purse has used their funds to rebuild the maternity ward at Nyankunde Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which serves hundreds of moms and babies each year.
Recently, Gabe and Livvy returned from Nyankunde, where they celebrated the dedication of the new ward. While they were there, the first baby was born in the maternity ward, a little girl delivered via Caesarean section. Her mother was so grateful for the medical care she received that she decided to name her daughter Gabriella.
The Samaritan’s Purse gift catalog includes exciting and practical ways that you can be a part of sharing this Good News with hurting people around the world.
Find out more about Samaritan’s Purse and how you can give back this Christmas!
This post is sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse