Christmas is a month away, and “Black Friday” is almost upon us. With the economy in the crapper, most of us are probably going to cut back on our Christmas shopping this year. That includes us… but we’re cutting back in a different way.
I’ve always been a “scrooge” when it comes to Christmas shopping. You buy stuff that people don’t need and usually ends up in the garage or garbage by Valentine’s Day. You spend a ton on your kids, and they’ve quit playing with it by New Years, and all you’ve got is more junk to clean up. My wife insists that we do it anyway. We cut back in recent years to buying just for family. That will be the same this year… except we’re not buying them anything.
This year, we’ve decided to donate that money to Central India Christian Mission–a church planting organization in India that is currently doing relief work to help Christians who are being violently persecuted. Christians are being tortured, raped, and murdered simply for being Christians. $45 will provide a family that has been displaced by the persecution with 50 lbs of rice, clothing, basic cooking utensils, a blanket, and travel expenses. So this year, we won’t be buying stuff for our family that they don’t need. Instead, for each side of the family, we’ll be providing basic necessities for several families who are being persecuted for following Jesus in India.
I want to encourage you to do something similar. What is something you’re passionate about? Instead of spending a ton of jack on things, donate on behalf of those you would buy for to a cause you care about. If it is homelessness, find an organization that’s fighting homelessness in the name of Jesus. If it’s the global slavery problem or the sex trafficking epidemic, find an organization fighting those things in the name of Jesus. If it’s church planting, see if your church is supporting a church planter or find an organization that supports church planters and donate to a church planting team.
Whatever it is, instead of buying temporary crap, use your Christmas shopping money to do something that makes a real difference.
Click here to see what some of our friends will be doing this Christmas.