by Summer Kelley
Many ITMI partners use Christmas time as a way to bless their communities as well as reach them with the gospel. These are great opportunities to partner with through Christmas giving, because they not only declare and demonstrate God's love at Christmas time, but they invest in the year-round ministries of our partners!
Here's a list and short description of them all in one place!
Christmas Orphan Outreach
ITMI partner Jahim Buli's Christmas Orphan Outreach will provide a Christmas celebration for ~100 traumatized orphans in Juba, South Sudan and in a refugee camp who have been displaced from their homes by political unrest.
For $13 each, these dear ones with nowhere to turn will:
- Be served a meal
- Receive a Christmas gift
- Participate in a celebratory Christmas service where they'll hear the gospel.
(Be sure to designate your gift to "Christmas Orphan Outreach" in the comment box.)
Jesus Film Outreach to ISM Neighbor Children
One hundred and fifty Muslim children from around the campus of the International School of Missions in Kampala, Uganda have been invited to enjoy a meal and the Jesus film this Christmas season.
The International School of Missions and the church that meets on its campus has sought to be a good neighbor to all - including those who believe differently than they do - since the school first obtained the land it now owns.
If funds allow, the event will include a small gift to demonstrate Jesus' love to them.
It is ISM's prayer that these children know they are loved by Jesus. The total cost that ISM is looking to raise for this event, including gifts, food and water is $1200 USD.
(include "Christmas Event" in the comments box)
Love Boxes for At-Risk Children in South Africa
Charl and team are asking us to help our own kids earn $12 to fund the filling of a love box.
But this is a chance to give more than money. Its a chance to demonstrate the Gospel in a tangible way. See, the recipients need to know that the gift cost something. Like the salvation that Jesus offers us cost HIM dearly.
"We would also like you to email us a photo of your child doing the chores that earned them the funds to fill a box.
This is very important. Many Africans believe that Westerners are rich by default. We are trying to instill a work ethic. The example your children demonstrate could make a major difference in our efforts."
(Be sure to designate your gift to "Christmas Love Boxes" in the comment box.)
Email photos of your child earning the $12 to: email@example.com.
Christmas at the Square
Christmas at the Square in Kalisz, Poland is an annual community event drawing the community in to experience Bread of Life’s many ministries while enabling people to support families with critically ill children, all in the spirit of true Christmas giving!
Held in the historic Kalisz square, the event generates interest, good-will and proceeds by selling donated food and wares, to passers-by and attendees. Last year's life-changing event raised over $7,000!
(Be sure to designate your gift to "Christmas at the Square" in the comment box.)
Project Christmas Blessing
Project Christmas Blessing (PCB) is a project designed by ITMI partners, Kelly and Cherise Smith to bless school children in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa in Jesus' name. For some, it might be the only Christmas gift they'll ever get. It also might be the only way they'll hear gospel truth.
Because of Project Christmas Blessing, ~200 school kids will:
- Hear an engaging, kid appropriate presentation of the gospel from a Zulu pastor.
- Be led in worship by a live praise and worship team.
- Receive a gift and a book explaining the gospel in Zulu.