A Radically Christian Way to Celebrate Christmas
- Monday, December 03, 2012
The Jewish people. Since Christianity has deep roots in rich Jewish soil, and Jesus in fact was a Jew, a Christmas gift for Jewish evangelism would be particularly appropriate. One organization with a long track record of boldly reaching out to the Jewish people with the hope of their Messiah is, of course, Jews for Jesus.
Economic opportunity. Many people around the world lack the resources for economic stability and growth. Relief and development organizations such as World Vision and Heifer International allow you to give goats, cows, chickens, ducks and the like to poor families who can benefit from the eggs, milk and offspring. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, meanwhile, provides research and resources for Christian microenterprise development. You could also purchase bikes, hot meals, mosquito nets — even a missionary hospital — through Samaritan’s Purse.
Bibles. Wycliffe Bible Translators has launched the “Last Languages Campaign” to translate Scripture into every language that still needs it. Other organizations, such as Biblica and Bibles for the World, focus on distributing it.
Persecution. Christians continue to suffer for their faith in Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea and other areas. Organizations such as Open Doors, Iranian Christians International, and Voice of the Martyrs provide advocacy, prayer support and practical help.
Justice. Child labor and sex trafficking remain critical global problems. International Justice Mission raises awareness and even arranges rescues of the exploited.
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