It’s easy at Christmas to get caught up in our own lives, giving peace, joy, hope and love to those around us. But it’s just as easy to extend that joy of giving to people around the world, remembering that while we celebrate and live with excess, others are struggling to get by day-to-day. There are so many ways you can help others globally, through development, peacebuilding and aid agencies.
UnitingWorld – Everything in Common
Over the past five years your gifts of goats, chickens and bees have created a buzz in the lives of people from Tonga to Timor, helping break the cycle of poverty and bring about peace. More than $1.3 million generated through the Uniting Church’s very own gift catalogue, Everything in Common, has been injected into community development, ministry and leadership projects that give people the power to take control of their futures.
Everything in Common is based on the example of the early Christians who literally held ‘everything in common’ so that no one would be in need. Every gift you give through this program goes directly to projects that support Uniting Church partners in some of the most challenging parts of our world.
There are so many stories of hope coming from projects supported by UnitingWorld’s Everything in Common.
From health clinics in Bali, to ministry teams in Africa, to climate change in the Pacific; UnitingWorld are partnering with churches around the world to help support them in positive community development initiatives.
For more good news stories and to purchase a gift that can help change the stories of life, visit www.everythingincommon.org.
Act for Peace – The Christmas Bowl
This year marks the 65th anniversary of the much loved Christmas Bowl appeal. For 65 years, thousands of Christians from around Australia have given what they can at Christmas to support Act for Peace as they promote peace in areas of conflict around the globe.
This year, the Christmas Bowl will support people from Burma living in refugee camps across the border in neighbouring Thailand.
Unable to return home and confined to camps by Thai policy, refugees rely on food rations to survive. But recently, rations in the camps have had to be reduced because of funding shortages. If more funds aren’t found soon, the refugees could be faced with an impossible decision – stay in the safety of the camps and watch their children go hungry, or return to Burma and risk violence and death.
Gifts to the appeal will bring joy and support to people in great need around the world, including providing emergency assistance to Christians and other minority groups fleeing violence and persecution in Iraq.
To donate to the appeal, find out more or order a church fundraising kit with worship resources, visit www.actforpeace.org.au/christmasbowl or call 1800 025 101.
TEAR Australia –Really Useful Gifts
TEAR Australia’s Really Useful Gifts catalogue is full of gifts that help tackle poverty around the world. Through Christian partnerships, local people work in local programs to build community development, empower marginalised people and fight injustices.
Gifts range from $5 to $5000 including all sorts of things, such as chickens, education, health care and even tools, seeds and training to grow a veggie garden. TEAR also have an Indigenous Support Program, partnering with Indigenous communities in Australia.
For more information, and to purchase a gift for a loved one plus members of a community around the world, visit www.usefulgifts.org