Looking for a way to make a difference this month? Check out these great ideas!
Ministry Opportunity #1: Sharing God’s Word around the world:
Do you have any extra Bibles (new or used), Christian magazines, tracts, non-fiction Christian books, or Sunday school supplies? Looking for a way to make sure they are donated to somewhere that is making a difference?
Love Packages is “a ministry aimed at putting Christian literature and Bibles into the hands of people around the world…We send them to ministries in many poor countries to distribute freely to people hungry for the Word of God”.
Not only does Love Packages accept donations of the above-referenced items, but they are also in need of monetary donations to enable them to ship the materials. According to their website, the average cost to ship one container is $4,200. They are also always in need of volunteers to assist in packing the materials.
For more information on Love Packages, please visit their website.
Ministry Opportunity #2 Showing the love of Christ to the least of these:
Gather your family and go shopping this Christmas (a bit early!). Operation Christmas Child provides boxes of toys, school supplies, and hygiene items to underprivileged children in other countries. Not only that, but through these boxes, precious children have an opportunity to know the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.
You can even build a shoebox online if you’re crunched for time.
All of the information for this amazing ministry can be found here. Please take special note of the items allowed (and not allowed!) in the shoeboxes.
Hurry! Collection of the shoeboxes takes place November 12-19. Drop off locations are available at the website.
Ministry Opportunity #3: Putting together a foster care kit.
According to the most recent data, there are over 400,000 children in foster care (source: The AFCARS Report) in the U.S.
Many people will be able to foster a child. Some will be able to adopt a child from foster care. And several will be able to help provide clothing and toys to children in foster care.
A friend of mine who works with foster children and their foster parents told me today that some children arrive in their foster homes with nothing. Some have no clothing, not even underwear or pajamas.
Put together a foster care kit for children placed in emergency foster care by providing the following: new or gently used clothing, a new toy (stuffed animal, coloring books and crayons, etc.), and a book. Deliver the kit to your local family services agency.
For more ideas, check out 77 Ways Your Family Can Make a Difference.
What ways do you and your family make a difference?