On December 26, 2009 I will be leaving to go on a mission trip to Kenya. I am taking this trip with the 410 Bridge. While I am there, I am going to be working with a program known as Christmas in Kenya. This is something the 410 Bridge started to reach out to children and families, and celebrate the most important gift ever given, the gift of Jesus.
In the United States the average American will spend about $750 on gifts and accessories. Overall, Americans spend about $450 BILLION on Christmas gifts each year.
These statistics clearly show that God has blessed us as Americans. Paul states in Hebrews 13:16, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” We should obey this and share what we have. We are very blessed, so lets spread the joy. A $15 donation can bring the joy of Christmas to a child or family that otherwise would not receive a gift for Christmas. You can contribute any amount you feel led to give. Proverbs 19:17 states, “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay you for his deed.” This scripture is straightforward and understandable. If you lend to the poor, even by contributing to Christmas in Kenya, you are lending to the Lord. (Do not mistake this as your tithe!) Matthew 25:40 states, “And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Jesus said that and you cannot argue with Him. When He says ‘the least of these my brothers,’ He is referring to the less fortunate. So do things for the less fortunate that you would do for Jesus. What would you do for Jesus if He were a child or family in Kenya that is not going to have a Christmas?
I have even challenged some of my family members to give up gifts this Christmas, because this is something I am very passionate about. As a college student, I do not have much money, so I am going to give up some of my Christmas gifts this year and give that money to Christmas in Kenya to share the joy of Christmas and God’s love with the individuals in Kenya.
Are there Christmas gifts you could give up? Are you or your family willing to give up a few gifts you do not need?
I want to challenge you to donate to Christmas in Kenya. By the way, all donations are tax deductible!
Go to this site: http://www.410bridge.org/xmaskenya.php to get more information on this and how you can donate!!
Last year the 410 Bridge was able to give nearly ten thousand children and families of Kenya a Christmas gift, lets be a part of helping them reach out to even more this year!