Gift Giving with a Purpose

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By Kirk Bookout

It was fall, the air was crisp and the leaves were a bright orange. Debbie and her husband had been with our church for a few months and were new to the whole idea of church. Their faith was new, fresh, and bright.

“It’s my birthday tomorrow” she said. “Pastor, I own everything I want. So my husband and I decided to celebrate my birthday with a gift for others this year. Do you have any ideas?” (Yes, I did!)

There are times in people’s lives, or in the life of the church, that that we want to celebrate all we have received by merrily giving. It may be a birthday, a holiday—or God may move us to give.

If you are looking for a way to make a difference may we suggest a few ideas? Below are some ideas you can celebrate—because they will make all the difference to real people in real places! While the ideas are general, call us at 800-848-2464 or e-mail us at KBookout@chog.org and we can provide specific details!

Everything! Support the total work of Church of God ministry in the United States and around the world!

Christians Broadcasting Hope: You can transmit the forgiveness, grace, and hope of God around the world: $107.50 supports 3 hours of broadcast in 9 languages (spread over 5 continents), $430 supports a half day of broadcasts in 9 languages all over the world, or $860 support one full day of broadcasts around the world.

Help children or an orphanage!

Support development of the next generation of leaders.

Sponsor a marriage retreat for a pastor and spouse.

Support the work of a new missionary! Their work not only proclaims Christ but addresses human need with shelter, medical help, education, and Christian community.

Help train a foreign ministry student to equip them for a lifetime of ministry.

Provide needed supplies for missionaries so they can reach out.

Help plant a church around the world or in the United States.

Support the work of Native American Ministry.

Support chaplain ministries.

Contribute to hunger and water relief around the world.

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