Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Making a change this Christmas

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." ~ James 1:27
I began making my Christmas list, i.e. who all we plan on buying for, a couple of weeks ago. The same list, same people, but this year I've decided to change how I shop. This year, I have decided that the people on our list will be getting presents that make a difference. These gifts will come from adoptive families selling products, organizations selling products with proceeds going to help widows, needy mothers or orphans in developing countries. My friend, Anna Dreyfus, posted 3 blog posts on her blog a couple of weeks ago hightlighting many ideas for gifts. (I kinda stole this idea from her!;) You can read her 3 blog posts here.

I have found several things on the sites on Anna's blog that are definitely going to some of our family members. But I have a few more sites I'd like for you to check out that are definitely worth sharing!

Heartline Ministries
in Haiti's ultimate goal is to empower women to take control of their lives emotionally, spiritually, and financially. They try to achieve this: 1) through their women's program where women learn to sew and make beads for jewelry and purses; and 2) through their maternity center where pre-natal and post-birth classes are taught weekly.
So, how can you support their ministry this year? By hosting a purse party, buying a purse (or 2 or 3!) or buying their jewelry. Find a link to their products here:

Krochet Kids....BUY A HAT!
This organization teaches women how to crochet so they can make a living for themselves. Have a hat lover in your family? Go buy them one of these beautiful crocheted hats!

Punjammies!!! ~
Okay, how many of you know someone on your list who LOVES pajamas?? I know I could buy every female on my list a pair of these and they would LOVE them!  Each PUNJAMMIE is created in an after-care facility for women who have been rescued, released, or escaped from a life of forced prostitution. These pajamas are SUPER cute!

Amazima Ministries - Uganda
This ministry was formed by Katie Davis,( "Kisses From Katie"). At age 18, Katie moved to Uganda, giving up her affluent lifestyle in Tennessee and now, at the age of 24, she is the mother to 13 beautiful girls who were once orphans in Uganda. You can read all about her ministry and what they do, here: http://www.amazima.org/  There is a ton of beautiful jewelry you can purchase to support her ministry. If you aren't completely touched and moved by her story and how God is working through her, you must be dead. :)

World Vision International Catalog
Who They Are
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
Who They Serve
Working in nearly 100 countries around the world, World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

YOU can search through their catalog to find a way to support what this organization does. There are animals, necessities, ways to just donate, and even SOME jewelry, purses and coffee items.
What a great gift to buy for your loved ones this year! Something unique that they will love but will also benefit someone who is in need. I am really excited about getting started on my Christmas shopping! Now, GO, buy something and make a difference in someone's life this Christmas!

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