Tearfund was established 40 years ago in response to a crisis in Biafra. Christians responded with compassion to a humanitarian crisis. Now 40 years later many lives have been transformed in many countries through the generosity of Christians giving or purchasing from Tearcraft. Poverty and development have become international issues yet still half the world lives on less than £1 a day.

 Tearfund is currently running a scheme called ‘Living Gifts’ and this is where our Christmas Day offering will be directed. Living Gifts allows an individual to purchase a voucher and the recipient then chooses where this is used in Tearfund projects across the world, from HIV and Aids work, to school lunches and disaster prevention.

This reflects a Biblical model of true Christian giving which reveals God’s righteousness. Quoting from the Psalms, the apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 9:9-12:

‘As it is written:

“He has dispersed abroad,

He has given to the poor,

His righteousness remains for ever”

Now may He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.’

 

 

 The type of gift we are going to give from Carley is not a voucher but a practical one - a goat, or rather a herd of goats! The goats will be provided in the Democratic

 Republic of Congo, one of the largest countries in Africa where there is ‘life expectancy of just 48,a failing economy and the aftershocks of a 

 decade of violence have claimed millions of lives and spread trauma and tragedy across every acre of the sprawling African nation.’ It is a country where ‘HIV and Aids are both prevalent and misunderstood’ which adds to the political problems of the country. £100 will supply 10 goats to a village or family and supply an income to support them.

 This Christmas, give a goat – no give a herd!

 

 

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