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Before Thanksgiving, my Dad sent me a cryptic e-mail with a link to a website saying, “This would be a good Christmas present.” Considering my Dad rarely gives out any sort of Christmas present ideas, I was intrigued to see what he would be asking for this year.
What I found was a website called Gospel for Asia, an organization that has worked for 30 years to help the hurting people in the Eastern hemisphere. According to their website, their mission is to be “devout followers of Christ and to fulfill the Great Commission among the unreached in Asia through training, sending out and assisting qualified laborers in partnership with the Body of Christ.”
Interesting, I thought, but what in the world does this do with a Christmas present?
I soon found out. You can purchase supplies for missionary use or items to directly impact the lives of the people they serve and give it in honor of someone you love. The items ranged from gospel tracts ($1 each) to biosand water filters ($30) to animals, big and small. A pair of chickens? $22. A pig? $65. There were so many options, but I finally settled on four chickens to buy for my Dad. They sent me a card to give to him, but we were giving gifts early, so I made him my own version of a tribute card, complete with four purple chickens drawn with marker.
He loved it.
There are plenty of organizations like Gospel of Asia where you can give a meaningful gift that doesn’t add to the clutter in your house. This just happened to be the one that my Dad pointed me in the direction of, and I’m glad he did. It was a fun gift to give, and a family in Asia will have eggs and chicks as a result!