Give yourself the joy of giving this Christmas!
Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love to give and it is the season of good tidings and great joy.
All across America we see organizations who gather to bring food and gifts to the less fortunate, but in India and Pakistan I do not know of any.
Christmas at the orphanage in India is a special time to gather for a meal with the widows and their children. Praveen and his family cook a meal for everyone and give gifts of clothing, hygene products, and tiffin boxes for school. It is a joyous time for the children because they do not receive gifts throughout the year as other children do. The children share their talents by performing song and dance, and they share the story of the birth of Christ.There are over 50 children who attend along with other needy elderly and widows. Please consider donating to this celebration. Please share the need with others who enjoy giving to spreed Christmas cheer.
In Pakistan Jamil is also gathering with area children who are in need. Jamil and his family give gifts of food, clothing, and toys to the children who attend their Christmas celebration. Jamil has contacted me and relayed he would need $100.00 to reach their goal for the Christmas celebration. Please consider donating to his cause.
I hope you all have a Christmas filled with happiness and warmth. I pray you will gather with others and share the gift of love. It is the one gift we can all give that would cost us nothing, yet is the greatest gift of all!
There has been much devastation in the several fires that have swept through California.
There is a heavy burden on many as they attempt to start over with only the clothing on their backs. L.A. Marzulli is an author and speaker in the ministry. While he was away at a speaking engagement his family home was lost.
I ask that you please share his Go Fund Me link on your social media.
I pray that all that have suffered loss will find restoration, and all who have lost loved ones will be comforted.
Thank you. 🙂
Hi everyone! I am here to share the good news from India and hope you enjoy the heartfelt thanks to those who have given to the cause!
First I will share the good news of Harshitha.
Harshitha came to live with Praveen and his family as a young girl, and they raised her well. Praveen has shared the news of her wedding celebration in their home. Children grow so quickly, it seems like just yesterday she was graduating.
Praveen also shared the news of the children and widows. Praveen and his family attempt to give monthly support to the widows in their church who struggle with daily needs. Praveen was also happy that he could provide the children with toothbrushes and paste. It brings great joy to help others in need and to see a child you have raised start a new life of independence. This is one more child rescued from the streets of India, and this is a great blessing.
Guest post by Joshua Infantado founder of Becoming Christians
Have you seen people who are just so happy? When you see these people, it seems that they are just glowing with energy, life, and hope.
Now, you might wonder what makes these people happy.
Do you know that there’s one common thing that all happy people do? This one thing is something that is indispensable in their lives. In fact, I would venture to say that without doing this one thing, happiness would never last. You might be happy for some time, but it will wane after a few days or weeks because this one thing is neglected.
Do you want to know what this one thing is? Let me tell you. The one common thing ALL happy people do is to give.
Yes, you read that right. How can such as simple four-letter word help you achieve not just happiness, but also joy in your heart?
Let me explain.
The Apostle Paul wrote:
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life (Galatians 6:7-8).
This is one of the most important universal and spiritual laws that you should always remember: YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.
Now, why am I telling you this? It is because when you give, you are sowing happiness. You are sowing goodness. You are sowing blessings.
Giving is such a remarkable act of kindness that has a unique way of making the giver happier than the receiver.
That’s why it is not difficult to see why Christ said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
If you really want to be happy, make other people happy. You can give not just money, but also your talent, knowledge, time, and energy. When you make other people happy, happiness will eventually find its way back to you!
There’s no doubt: the happiest people on earth are the most generous people. The best thing about being generous is that you will never run out of blessings to share.
Notice what the wisest human king of Israel mentioned:
There is one who scatters, yet increases more;
And there is one who withholds more than is right,
But it leads to poverty.
THE GENEROUS SOUL WILL BE MADE RICH,
And he who waters will also be watered himself (Proverbs 11:24-25).
Well, human nature will tell us otherwise. It will never agree that giving leads to happiness. When we look at our society today, they are geared towards the way of getting rather than the way of giving.
They thought that having more will make them happy. Thus, they spend their whole life chasing the wrong stuff and filling their hearts with material things. However, by the end of the day, they still feel empty.
No wonder we see a miserable and sad world!
Don’t fall into the trap of believing that the more you have, the happier you’ll become. God shows us how to be happy, joyful, and blessed. We can only achieve that by giving ourselves to others and serving them.
So if you want to be happy, give. It is one of the best investments you’ll make in your life!
Joshua Infantado is the founder of Becoming Christians, a website dedicated to helping people live a life pleasing to God. He currently lives in Davao City with His wife, Victoria and son, Caleb. Visit his website and get a chance to download his free eBook, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Christians.”
Offering a home..
Providing knowledge for a brighter future..
Teaching moral values while they are young..
Not forsaking orphans and widows..
Feeding the hungry..
Gifts of kindness..
Nurturing strengths and talents..
Counseling for broken hearts and inner wounds..
I am thankful to those who have given to the India Home.. You help love grow 🙂
2 Corinthians 5:8
It is with a heavy heart I write that I received an email from Sunil Yatham, son of Jeevaratnam Yatham, to inform me he passed away in his sleep June 26, 2018.
Readers may remember Pastor Yatham in my updates for India outreach , with Rural Global Gospel Mission. Pastor Yatham’s widow Esther, and family ask for prayer.
My heart grieves, yet I know he is with the Lord. His heart was for missions, and sharing the gospel. He was always asking for Bibles and tracts to share with the lost souls of India. There is comfort for those who mourn in God’s word.
Philippians 1:23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
Revelation 21 3-5 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
Pastor Yatham will be missed..
This is a great reminder that life is short, and it is my hope your future is secure. If you have not ever considered what happens after death, please know it is something that needs to be on top of your bucket list..
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The Bible tells us how to have everlasting life, although we die.. we are alive!
Romans 10:9-10 If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
You may not think a toothbrush and paste sound like an exiting gift, but for the children of India, it brings a SMILE!
Praveen and his family are thankful for a special day. Over 50 children gathered for food and fun!
Investing in a child has many rewards. Praveen and his family take in children who have no home, but also reach out to children of widows, and the poor.
Children are the reason I started a charity blog, and hope to one day help more in need. Showing a child they are loved, and encouraging them to achieve their dreams, can make a difference in their life.
I thank those who have joined me in helping Praveen and his family. 🙂
Would you help these children prosper?
I have known Jamil for several years and he is no stranger to persecution. Through it all he has risen above it, and continues to help the children who have no one to care for them.
Any country you visit has its share of orphans, but they are handled differently. There is an estimated 4 Million orphans in Pakistan, with very few rules to protect their well-being. Caring citizens are needed to protect the rights of children in Pakistan. Homes are not governed by a welfare system, anyone can take in children and claim orphanage status.. without truly caring for them. The orphans of Pakistan face the same challenges as other country’s. Being sold for labor,sexual gratification, and face neglect. There are no laws enforced to ensure orphans receive basic education, food, or health care. Jamil has been providing care and education for children to the best of his ability. Funds to care for the children do not come from the government. Jamil relies on the aid of donations and income he receives through labor. Jamil has been facing hardship and is reaching out for help to care for the children. There is a planned event in March for the children to receive clothing and basic necessities. If you would like to be a monthly supporter, or give a one time gift, please do. Your donation will help provide food, clothing, and education. If you would like to give to Jamil directly, please leave a comment and I will share how this is done.
Please share the need with others in your circle.. Thank you 🙂
You can help provide clean water!
Many are blessed to have clean water, and I have been attempting to provide an RO water system for the children’s home in India.
Praveen has met with another water specialist in his city. He wanted to compare companies, and pricing. The man was very helpful in explaining options available. The RO system recommended would supply 20 Liters of drinking water they need daily. The cost of the system is 13,000 Rupees, that is just under 200.00. This water filter costs less than the original quote in my previous posts.
Praveen and his family have devoted so much to children through the years. Providing a home, and welcoming countless others to share a meal and Sunday school. Their heart of giving has always touched mine.
I am asking that we join hands, and make this happen!
When I started my blog I believed people still collected pennies, and would donate them for good causes. I understand that many can not afford to give, but sharing this need with your friends or on social media, is giving.
Thanks for reading 🙂