I tried something different this year for Christmas. Since I have everything a person could possibly need, I asked for my family to give donations to charity instead. And I was even more encouraged when they decided I could do the same for them. So at the end of the day, instead of having to figure out how to squeeze more clothes into my closet, or what to do with gifts I didn’t need, I had the joy of knowing that we had provided twelve chickens, a goat, ten mosquito nets, deworming medication for 2,000 children, and a contribution towards digging a well for the poor in Africa. Though it sounds like a lot, it really wasn’t. American money still goes a long way in Africa. It was the best Christmas since I was a kid.
I wrestled about posting this because of the idea of “losing my reward.” But at the end of the day, it’s not about a reward. It’s about caring for our starving brothers and sisters. I’m certain many, if not most of you reading this are involved in caring for the poor, but if this suggestion might inspire just one more person to take action, then that can make an eternal difference.
Here are a few stats:
- One Billion people worldwide have no access to clean drinking water.
- 25,000 – 35,000 people, (including 14,000 children), die every day of hunger-related causes. (That’s about one child every seven seconds).
- 2.6 billion people have no access to basic sanitation facilities.
- There are about 12 million AIDS orphans in Africa.