Sunday, November 18, 2012

Will you help Samuel buy a cow?

A few weeks ago we received a magazine in the mail. I am not much of a shopper so we don’t get a lot of catalogs sent to our home, but this one I was anticipating. This one I was waiting for:

The Christmas 2012 World Vision Gift Catalog.

Instead of turning the pages of a catalog and looking for the toys or clothing or house décor our family would like for Christmas, we flip the pages and we look and wonder and laugh at the possibilities.

A chicken for a family so they might have fresh eggs? Ducks? A goat? Sheep?

In America we make Christmas wish lists. We ask young children repeatedly throughout the holiday season: what do you want for Christmas? What did you ask Santa for?

I don't know when it happenedthe switch from what we can give at Christmas to what we can getbut it's proclaimed loudly by every commercial, billboard and magazine ad.

But the Gospels of Luke and John tell us a different story. They teach us that the heart of Christmas is God's gift to us:

For God so loved the world He gave His only son.

While we know this in our heads, far too often our actions don’t reflect that belief. I am convicted that we must start asking a different set of questions. Questions that can change lives:

Instead of: “What do you want for Christmas?” what if we started asking “What are you giving for Christmas? Who are you giving to? What are you most excited about giving this year?"

What if we believed that the example God set by sending us a Christmas miracle in a stable was an example He expected us to follow? What if His sacrificial gift was meant to be taken seriously?

What if His heart is saddened every time we talk about what we want, instead of what we can give?

I love gifts. I truly do. And we exchange gifts with our family members each year. But the gifts under our Christmas tree are not gifts for us. They are gifts we give to others.

As we paged through the World Vision Gift Catalog, I glanced at the price tags and sugested a chicken for $25, ducks for $30 or maybe even a sheep for $105.

But when Samuel saw a picture of a cow, there was no talking him out of it. A dairy cow will provide milk and income for a family that desperately needs it. One dairy cow has the potential of giving up to 5,000 gallons, or 350,000 glasses, of milk in its lifetime. Protein, calcium, and extra income.

Watch what the gift of a dairy cow can do:

The cost of a dairy cow through World Vision is $500.

That’s a lot of pennies.

And that’s more than our family can do on its own.

We raised approximately $23 from a lemonade stand we held this summer.

So we’ve got $477 left to raise.

And we can't do it alone.

This year my son is asking for a gift that will not fit under the tree. It can’t be wrapped. And yet it might change a family forever.

Will you help Samuel buy a cow? 

If you’ve got kids, go online and look at the animals and talk together about what it means to give a gift like this. If you’ve got roommates or co-workers or cousins or neighbors, share the impact a gift from the World Vision Gift Catalog can make. Or together, as a family, buy a chicken or a duck or a rabbit and make this Christmas about giving instead of getting. {And if you do, please share with us so we can celebrate with you!}

If you would consider accepting our invitation, we've created a Paypal account and you can donate using the link below. Every single dollar donated will go toward the purchase of a dairy cow for a world vision family.

Praise be to God that He demonstrated His great love for sending a gift that couldn't fit under a tree or be wrapped with a bow!

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.” Isaiah 9:6 


schumt said...

We buy gifts like that through Heifer International. I love it! And what a great thing to get kids involved in!

Sinead M said...

I just bought my second flock of chicks -to enrich a family in memory of a friend who's very presence enriched our own. What a great idea, Samuel! I am always in awe of your grand ideas -look out, world!