“Mom, why is that boy on your page?”
I glanced up to see what she was talking about. She pointed to the Gifts of Hope banner on my Facebook page. I explained that I write for World Help and that I help bring awareness of the suffering that’s going on in the world. I invite people to be a part of World Help’s initiative to give help for today and hope for tomorrow.
“Sweety, we share with people how their gift can help change someone’s life. God is generous with us and out of that generosity, we give to others.”
Somewhere in the middle of my 6-year-old level speech on social justice, she interrupts me, “I know! Why don’t we order some of those catalogs and then we can take my bike, put them in the basket and go around giving them out? Then we can let people know how they can help and if they want to they can help the children too!”
“That sounds like a wonderful idea!”
She was super excited! Me, well, although I was thrilled with her heart to take action, knocking on stranger’s doors to share is not in my comfort zone.
But you see, we have this thing called the Sparkle Box. We’ve spent the year talking about giving. How could I now shoot down her desire to take action?
The catalogs arrived. A little girl’s initiative to be a voice and a world changer has humbled me. It reminded me of the burden the Lord placed in my heart and of His call to action. Now. Today. Right here with whatever is in my hand and power to do.
So we decided to open up this invitation. Why settle for handing out 10 catalogs when we can open up the invitation to anyone who’d love to be a part of giving Gifts of Hope this Christmas?!
The Best Gospel You’ll Ever Preach…
My husband shared with me a testimony of a young man who escaped from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), in Uganda. The horrific circumstances he endured along with his brave escape was unreal. It’s so foreign to the life I live here in the United States. How does one even begin to wrap their minds, let alone their hearts, around such evil?
What does one say? What does one do? What does God’s heart look like for thousand upon thousands of boys and girls whose lives have been dramatically affected by the mental, physical, verbal, and emotional abuse of the LRA?
Perhaps it looks something like Jesus standing in the synagogue and opening the book of Isaiah,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Yep, in a nutshell that’s what living is about. That’s the mission. Jesus Christ came. He opened the book and read the mission. He closes the book and the Word that became flesh, now becomes the flesh that lives out the Word. And we, well, we take His example.
Perhaps the best gospel we can ever preach is giving the Gift of Hope. I don’t know how to relate to the horror endured in Uganda. I cannot even begin to understand the nightmare these boys and girls have been through. But I know Jesus. And I know He brings light to our dark places. He is the Light.
Give the Gift of Hope
This Christmas, what if we’d extend that Hope to the brokenhearted? What if we proclaim liberty to those who have been and continue to be captive? What if we extended the Hope of Jesus Christ to those who live oppressed?
What if we extended the Hope that says things will be alright, you are loved, you have value, you have worth, and in Christ, you have dignity?
I can’t think of a better way to do this than with World Help’s vision of “empowering impoverished communities with sustainable methods of income, especially women.”
Vocational training plays a huge part in restoring the hope that was lost. It gives Northern Ugandans a reason to hope for a better future.
“With a marketable skill set, women and young adults can once again contribute to society and better care for their families. Local economies strengthen. The potential for trafficking decreases. Traditions of gender discrimination are broken. The benefits of vocational training are extensive and long-lasting.” (World Help)
Not only does the gift of vocational training empower young adults, but it helps them bring in a sustainable income. Money they can use to pay for food and housing. Money they can use to clothe their children and send them to schools.
Yes, there is Hope available for Northern Uganda!
This Christmas, why don’t we partner with a 6-year-old girl whose heart was moved to action and with World Help’s initiative to help reinstate dignity to Northern Ugandans by giving the Gift of Hope!
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