This is no ordinary Wish List because everything that you are asking for will not be given directly to you. There are different icons that you can click on to give money to HIV/AIDS Testing or Infant Care or Textbooks or even Lifesaving Surgery.
Take a look at my own personal Wish List HERE.
As you can see, I am asking for many things that we in developed countries take for granted. When was the last time that you worried about textbooks, safe drinking water or your next meal? But all over the world, these are realities that children and their families worry about EVERY DAY.
To tell you the truth, every year as I get older, I pay more attention when I hear sermons about making Christmas the "giving season" instead of the "receiving season." I've began to realize that I am already lucky to have my own bed, my own plate piled high with food and even filtered water. How can I ask for a movie that I'll probably watch a few times while there are children who are asking for a simple bowl of soup for Christmas?
God has really opened my eyes by calling me to sponsor Fadi, Ali and Lucy. When they write me, I get a small glimpse into their life. With $38, I am sending them to school, to the doctor and giving them a healthy meal to eat each week. In return, I give them a glimpse at Jesus when I tell them that they are special, loved and cared for. I don't even realize the impact that I have when I make them smile by sending them a few stickers once a month.
This year, I am asking for gifts that will not only benefit myself, but a child or mother in need. This year, I am choosing to give so that children around the world may know of Jesus' love. But in order to give, I must ask you for help. Instead of asking my family and my friends for clothes, movies, candy or electronic devices, I am asking that they send the money to children who are struggling for survival - both physically and spiritually.
Please help me break the cycle of poverty for children around the world through Compassion's Gift Catalog.
Also, please watch my video about Compassion International and how they are impacting the lives of children all around the world.