Spotlight is our monthly focus on prayer. This month we’re profiling the Christmas appeals of two mission organisations: Samaritan’s Purse and Tearfund.
First up is the long-running ‘Operation Christmas Child,’ an initiative of Samaritan’s Purse (also known as the ‘Shoebox Appeal’). The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to show God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
Since 1990, this campaign has helped more than 146 million children in over 150 countries to experience God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts. And whilst time is running out to send your own shoebox, you can still send a pre-packed box through a £20 donation online.
You can see more information in their promo video below:
And it’s especially important to support this work given the opposition that the Shoebox Appeal faced in some parts of the UK earlier this year. You can partner in prayer with Samaritan’s Purse by visiting their website.
Tearfund is a great organisation which aims to help lift 50 million people out of material and spiritual poverty by working with a network of 100,000 churches worldwide. There are many ways you can support their work, including prayer and donating to the Tearfund Christmas Appeal. And the great news is that during this appeal, every pound you give will be doubled by the UK government.
They also have a new video series for Advent featuring Bible verses, music and personal stories from the organisation’s staff and volunteers, as well as those who benefit from the work.
You can support Tearfund by praying for here. And below you can see Tearfund’s Christmas Ad for 2017, with details of how you can donate.