UPDATED: Stand Firm’s Alternative Gift Mart
Here’s a chance to give Christmas gifts without diving into culture-Christmas commercial excess.
Several of your Stand Firm contributors, disturbed by the clanking chains of apparitions on a dark and stormy night, now present a kinder, gentler face (at least through Christmas) by recommending a worthy organization to which you might donate in honor of people on your gift list.
Here they come… check in from time to time as the list is likely to grow:
David Fischler, as you can tell from his posts, is passionate about Israel. One of his favorite charities is the Jewish National Fund, which is involved in forestry, water conservation, development of the Negev Desert, providing security for those threatened by rocket attacks in the south, etc. (It also has the honor of being attacked by a variety of left-wing nutjobs, including some in the mainline churches.) On their donation page, you can give a general gift, donate to plant a tree in Israel in honor of someone, or donate to any of several different JNF projects.
Timothy Fountain serves on the board of Rebuilding South Sudan Through Education. This ministry, founded by “Lost Boy” Moses Joknhial II, built a provincial school that serves over 900 students, along with fresh water wells and grinding mills that spare the children hours of work so they can attend. A health clinic and microbusiness projects are underway as well. The project helped erect a community chapel, shared by Anglicans, RCs and Presbyterians, and supplied with Bibles and BCPs.
Allan Haley welcomes offerings in memory of his sister, Marcia, who died on Dec. 2nd. Gifts can be directed to the Haley family’s parish, Trinity Church, Nevada City; and to the Nevada City Little League, which Marcia loved and supported. You can read about Marcia’s life here.
Jackie Bruchi has some all time favorites she loves to recommend. The first is Hebron Colony, a Christian ministry begun after World War II working with individuals struggling with addiction. MercuryOne.org is a non-profit that has been very responsive to needs here in America as well as Israel. It is most impressive that 100% of the money donated goes to the cause with administrative costs ccovered by its founder. South American Mission Society (SAMS) does great work in spreading the gospel message through South America. You can donate to a specific project or in support of a specific ministry. Two perennial favorites remain on the list - Salvation Army and Boy Scouts of America. Any of these organizations will put your donations to work in a positive way supporting the Christian message and allow you to be a joyful giver.
David Ould wants to draw your attention to a ministry that originated in Australia but is now operating in the US too. Matthias Media are a publisher of Christian literature; specifically Bible studies, books, pamphlets and periodicals.
Matthias Media is an evangelical publishing ministry which focuses on providing high-quality, biblical resources—resources for Outreach, Follow-up, Growth and Training. Our big goal as a ministry is…
...to persuade all Christians of the truth of God’s purposes in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible, and equip them with high-quality resources, so that by the work of the Holy Spirit they will:
→ abandon their lives to the honour and service of Christ in daily holiness and decision-making
→ pray constantly in Christ’s name for the fruitfulness and growth of his gospel
→ speak the Bible’s life-changing word whenever and however they can—in the home, in the world and in the fellowship of his people.
You can support this ministry and give gifts by doing one of two things.
- Buy some of their excellent material to give away
- Donate directly to the ministry itself as part of your purchase
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