Rethink Christmas Again

December 17 2015

In Deuteronomy 6:5, we read, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” These are beautiful words any time of the year, but at Christmastime, they tend to ring more loudly and clearly. After all, God’s most precious gift of his Son was given to us. Why wouldn’t we love him with all of our heart, soul, and might? Receiving the most wonderful present of Christ prompts us to give back to him with overflowing hearts.

At One Mission Society, we are taking the time to “rethink Christmas.” And we want to invite you on a journey to do the same. As we refocus on what and to whom we give, we may just remember that giving sacrificially on behalf of someone else may indeed be the godliest way to give. Giving generously in this manner is apt to prompt humbleness, joy, and a sense of awe.

Christina Rossetti, in her poem, In the Bleak Midwinter, gloriously writes the following as her last stanza:

What can I give Him, poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;

If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;

Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?

When we give from the heart, many people can be affected. Take, for example, the scores of vulnerable people worldwide who have been involved in human trafficking, children and youth exposed to the harsh streets of Mexico City, or the growing population of illiterate people in African countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi.

Aiding the country of India with Bibles would greatly help those in areas of deep poverty. Imagine your donation of $100 providing 150 New Testaments or 40 complete Bibles in that nation. If you have a vision for ordinary people doing extraordinary things, consider giving $100, which will provide Train & Multiply materials for 10 new church planters. And Colombian children will certainly be glad to receive a soccer uniform and ball for a $27 gift.

We at OMS hope you will not only rethink Christmas but that you will give sacrificially to support people, ministries, and God’s kingdom work around the globe. Every continent could be touched if we unite together to give out of the fullness in our hearts. Let’s prove together that anything can happen “in the bleak midwinter!”

~Angela Chandler, OMS Communications Team

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ReTHINK CHRISTmas

December 15 2015

Dr. Gary Chapman’s book entitled The 5 Love Languages has inspired many people (10 million copies of the book have sold) and has transformed a myriad of relationships. At One Mission Society, we are encouraging people to reTHINK CHRISTmas. Two of Dr. Chapman’s love languages mentioned in his book have to do with the subject of giving and receiving: acts of service and receiving gifts.

If you see yourself as one who believes actions speak louder than words, please consider giving to one or more of the eight projects OMS is highlighting this Christmas. Many other people feel loved when they receive a gift. Imagine the smile on the face of someone in India who receives a Bible, a Colombian child or youth who receives a new soccer uniform or ball, or a Ukrainian university student who can attend a summer English camp.

Your act of service can be big or small. If the Lord has blessed you abundantly, consider providing $300 to put a Mexican street child into a rehab program. Picture your gift of $250 putting a disabled Mozambican into an all-terrain wheelchair. Do you have a passion for human trafficking prevention? A gift of $150 will provide training materials for 100 people. Thinking of giving something on the smaller side? A donation of $10 will buy a set of knee pads for someone who cannot use a wheelchair. To help Mexican youth get off the street and stay off, $48 will provide a set of schoolbooks.

There are additional opportunities to bless others too, including blessing one of our Evangelical Church of India pastors affected by the recent flooding. Your gift will not only transform others’ lives, but will change you and your family as well.

God gifted us with unique love languages, so as you consider the way the Lord created you, also consider the reality of men, women, boys, and girls receiving blessings because you took the time to rethink Christmas. Thank you for participating with OMS to give generously during this season of joy, memories, and celebrating the birth of Christ. Donate to one of our featured Rethink Christmas projects here.

~By Angela Chandler, OMS Communications Team

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