As we have thought a lot about the areas of Covenant Discipleship over these past few months, here are some practical and impactful ways to engage in acts of compassion and justice from World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization that works in nearly 100 countries around the world seeking to empower communities and ending poverty.
The article below comes from the Advocacy Network. Let us join together and use our voice to call for change in the world that helps those in poverty!
As Christmas draws nearer and nearer, I feel that we each have two lists. There is that one list that gradually fills as we see items, and get ideas, that remind us of loved ones – the list for giving. And no matter how old we get, there is still the list for receiving subtly given to spouses, parents and others – whether needs, small luxuries, or things that just makes us smile. A gift goes far beyond the object itself, it is the thought behind the gift, the time put into finding, choosing, and preparing the gift.
Thinking of the time you will spend this year searching and browsing on-line, standing in lines at stores, and wrapping gifts, maybe you can spare a few more minutes to give one more gift – your voice.
Christmas is a time that inherently causes us to reflect upon our blessings. But, what may others be wishing for this season?
A chance to go to school.
Your time: One minute to tweet your Senator and ask them to vote ‘yes’ on the Education for all Act.
The gift: Reducing child marriage. If all girls had secondary education in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and West Asia, child marriage would fall by 64 percent – from almost 2.9 million currently to just over 1 million per year.
Medical care during pregnancy.
Your time: Two minutes to email your members of Congress, and ask them to voice support for the Reach Every Mother and Child Act.
The gift: A chance at life for the 2.7 million newborns who die each year.
A return to a life of safety and normalcy, in a home that they love and a place they are familiar with.
Your time: Nine minutes to make three phones calls, asking your members of Congress to prioritize humanitarian assistance and programs for child refugees in the Middle East.
The gift: Education and protection during unimaginable times for the more than 6 million children forced to flee Syria due to war.
A chance to play.
Your time: Two minutes to email your representative and ask for restored funding for the International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) who manages a grant program to fight child labor.
The gift: For the 85 million children in hazardous forms of labor – safety, education, opportunity, and a childhood.
A light in the darkness.
Your time: Five minutes to read and share an article by World Vision President, Rich Stearns – Christmas is God lighting a candle.
The gift: The reminder to yourself, friends and family, that there is always something you can do. When the world seems the darkest, that is when God is there.
“Christmas is God lighting a candle; and you don’t light a candle in a room that’s already full of sunlight. You light a candle in a room that’s so murky that the candle, when lit, reveals just how bad things really are.”
Photo: Children celebrate Christmas and the New Year at Pyin Taung Twin village in Myanmar. © 2011 World Vision/ photo by Khaing Min Htoo