This year my family sat down early to discuss the Christmas gift “situation”. Every year we say that we aren’t going to spend a lot of money, or let’s just get everybody something small. And then 2 weeks before Christmas someone says maybe we should just draw names, but half of us have already gone overboard and bought everything, so we just go with it. So it goes and every year we give and receive an obscene amount of gifts. But this year everything seems different money-wise, and most of us are being more frugal and more careful. We decided this year that we were going to go in as an extended family and help someone in need. At first we were going to give to a charity that I will mention later on, but then I became aware of a family in serious need. While I don’t know them very well, I immediately knew that I was supposed to help them. There was a sniggling bit of doubt at first thinking this may not be so smart financially. After all, we are supposed to be saving for our adoption–don’t WE count as a family in need?
But the answer to that is NO. The fact is that I may sigh over how high groceries or my heat bill are, but I have never had to choose one over the other because I couldn’t afford both. And, yes, we are facing a huge amount of money coming due for this adoption, but why should I think that God won’t provide when he continues to amaze me everyday already with his provision? Through prayer, I felt very reassured that I was supposed to help this family, and at the same time I felt a huge peace about it, knowing that even as the money left my hands it would be coming back to me in another way. And it completely happened. That very day we received a check in the mail from an angel here on earth wanting to help with our adoption. And then I sold some of my fundraising items and in a matter of 48 hours, the money was completely replaced. Just another reminder that even if you are the one helping another, YOU TOO will be blessed. And anything you do for a son or daughter of God, you are doing in turn to him. I am honored and humbled that I have been put in a position to help. And the best part is that my amazingly generous family is making it their Christmas to help this same family. Now that is an even better feeling than sitting around in huge piles of wrapping paper wondering where you’re going to put all this new crap!
I encourage anyone who wants to do something like this with your family to go for it this Christmas!! If you don’t know a needy family, contact me directly and I can give you information on a family that is in distress. If you would rather go another route (and get a tax deduction), I can recommend a few charities that I love.
Love Without Boundaries–www.lovewithoutboundaries.com. LWB provides the most loving and compassionate help possible to orphaned and impoverished children in China. We do this through six main program areas: medical, education, nutrition, foster care, special assistance, and healing homes.
World Vision–www.worldvision.org. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. One thing I specifically like about this charity is the help they provide could prevent a child from being orphaned. They allow you to sponsor children so that they can remain with their families. They also give opportunities for you to purchase livestock for impoverished families, not only providing food, but income.
New Day Foster Home–www.newdaycreations.com/foster. With loyal supporters, a dedicated staff, and caring volunteers, New Day Foster Home’s core mission of providing life-saving surgeries and a loving home to orphans with special needs from around China continues to transform lives. Since its founding in October 2000, New Day Foster Home has expanded its programs to reach more children living in government institutions across the country through outreach work like the Formula Project and other initiatives. Every child deserves a healthy start and to know the love of a family, and our work makes these dreams a reality for hundreds of children.
If you are reading this blog in your nice heated home with a full stomach of amazing Thanksgiving leftovers, I am here to tell you that you are blessed. You are one of the lucky ones. And it is a responsibility. You are blessed so that you can be a blessing to someone else.
What an amazing way to kick off the Christmas season!!