Do you feel you are just going through the motions this Christmas spending money on unneeded gifts?
Some friends told me last year that they had given each of their children a £50 allowance to buy Christmas gifts for people living in developing countries.
Their kids had grasped the opportunity with both hands, putting careful thought into their purchases, and even adding some of their own savings in an effort to make a real difference in the lives of those they were seeking to help.
The idea of 'buying a goat for Christmas' is not new but it is amazing to see the huge variety of other gifts that are now available on line. And for not much outlay at all.
On the Christian Aid site you can buy 5 mosquito nets for £15, a beehive for £12, and a 'wormery' for £7. 16 ducks go for £25 and a goat for £15.
Samaritan's Purse is offering four chickens for £10, a latrine for £15 or four blankets for £14.
From CBM £26 will provide enough Mectizan tablets to help 40 families for an entire year - stopping the progression of River Blindness (Onchocerciasis) and freeing them from the associated, debilitating symptoms. £15 will protect 50 children for 6 months from vitamin A deficiency and related loss of sight.
World Vision is offering piggeries (£60), llamas (£46) and sewing machines (£98).
These are just a few of the hundreds of imaginative options on these sites and others like Oxfam and Save the Children.
Why not make someone you have never met feel special this Christmas.
Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.(Luke 12:33)