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December 7, 2012

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: Christian Books and Bible Studies

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.

  1. Buy some of their excellent material to give away
  2. Donate directly to the ministry itself as part of your purchase

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Those are great ministries/charities…however, this year I’ve already planned to give to organizaitons that are Anti-dotes to TEC and the Obama administration insanity - such as organizations that promote:

- Reparative therapy for persons with Same Sex Attraction:
Mastering Life Ministries - under the leadership of Rev. David Kyle Foster who studied at TESM.  His video interviews of Dr. Robert Gagnon and others are witnesses to the truth that SSA is a conditioned/learned response and can be unlearned.

- Pro-life groups and local crisis pregnancy centers, post-abortion healing ministries.

- Pro-Israel blogs that tell the truth about Islam.

- Groups that tell the truth about economy, government, etc.

[1] Posted by St. Nikao on 12-7-2012 at 08:07 AM · [top]

Cal-Berkeley’s Salvation Army (see previous SF posting http://www.standfirminfaith.com/?/sf/page/29798).

[2] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 12-7-2012 at 09:47 AM · [top]

Hey, 1 & 2, thanks for those good ideas! 

Readers, feel free to post worthy ideas here… try to include links if at all possible.

[3] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 12-7-2012 at 10:50 AM · [top]

The various diocesan defense funds are desperate for funds, especially the one in San Joaquin.  Contributions can be sent to the diocesan office, 4159 East Dakota Ave., Fresno, CA 93726
desert padre

[4] Posted by desertpadre on 12-7-2012 at 01:34 PM · [top]

On my website for my soap business I am offering a free bar of soap if you donate $10.00 or more to one of 4 charities (no purchase of soap is necessary) the 4 charities are,

ALEX’S LEMONADE STAND FOUNDATION,  http://www.alexslemonade.org/


FEED THE CHILDREN, http://www.feedthechildren.org/site/PageServer?pagename=dotorg_homepage

FEEDING AMERICA, http://feedingamerica.org/

The site reads that the offer is good till December 11th but I will extend it until Epiphany for Stand Firm readers.  If you would like more details and a link to the website please PM me and I will gladly provide one. 

Mods,  I hope this is o.k. if not please delete it and accept my apologies.

[5] Posted by Paula Loughlin on 12-7-2012 at 07:57 PM · [top]

PS,  if you donate to one of the charities listed in Timothy Fountain’s post (it does not matter how much you donate) I will send you a bar of soap of your choice for just the cost of shipping which is usually around $5.00.  Simply message me for details.

[6] Posted by Paula Loughlin on 12-7-2012 at 08:20 PM · [top]

Awesome, Paula - thank you!

[7] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 12-7-2012 at 09:38 PM · [top]

Besides the Salvation Army and the BSA, two of my long-time favorites, still doing good work are Anglicans for Life and Compassion 

We also help support Love for the Least, Mercy Ships, and Anglican TV.

[8] Posted by Jill C. on 12-7-2012 at 09:49 PM · [top]

I like to give to Water Missions International, out of Charleston, SC.


Another group I’m looking at is HCJB. There is some neat stuff on their webpage about solar radios that they give to people so they can hear Christian radio. They also have a strong medical missions focus.


Each year I have a list of family and business associates that I forward on to my charity of choice, with my donation. Then, the charity sends a “tribute card” to the people on my list. It’s a great way to remember people who need remembering, which not contributing the the clutter of unneeded purchases in our lives.

[9] Posted by Capn Jack Sparrow on 12-8-2012 at 11:15 AM · [top]

We’re still over here doing great stuff for the troops.  You can designate a specific center, like mine in Sharana, Afghanistan, or just make a general donation.  Here’s the link:  http://www.uso.org/donatelanding.aspx

[10] Posted by Fidela on 12-10-2012 at 04:57 AM · [top]

The South American Missionary Society became the “Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders” a year or so ago, to reflect the reality that SAMS missionaries are active in Europe (Spain in particular), Africa, England (!), and Asia as well as in South and Central America.  It is a great organization that has brought many to the Lord, and has established many new congregations.

[11] Posted by AnglicanXn on 12-10-2012 at 06:50 AM · [top]

friends, I have updated the list with my own suggestion

[12] Posted by David Ould on 12-11-2012 at 06:27 PM · [top]

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