What is on your Christmas list this year? We all can fall into the trap that we start to think what is missing from our lives…
Is it that special new outfit? Is it a sparkling diamond or the latest technology?
As a parent it is a challenge to think about how we can push our children to recognise the “joy of giving” or being grateful for the basic things they have in their lives that we may take for granted – food each day on our plate, a roof over our heads or the privilege of an education. The pure joy of the boys in this clip receiving their shoeboxes puts this in perspective.
Let me tell me about my friend Joe. I remember talking to him years ago about the plans for his life. He felt he was not heading for a career or a life that would be fulfilling and needed to do something different. God works in mysterious ways…
That same week, when we were together in Lourdes on pilgrimage, he was offered the opportunity to go to Uganda to visit an orphanage and evaluate the work they were doing. Since that moment he has never looked back, or even returned home, and he has established a wonderful charity that I am privileged to support as a Trustee called Uganda Hands for Hope. This small charity does inspiring work by supporting opportunities for children in Kampala to get an education, feeding them twice each day and supporting their families to build a better future through setting up small businesses.
So what is the greatest gift this Christmas that you could give or receive? I believe it is the gift of life, hope and a better future.
So what’s it worth?
Well £20 a month or $25. What could you buy with this money for Christmas?
- A pint for you and four friends in the pub.
- A candle.
- A pair of gloves.
- A new T shirt .
As you can see it doesn’t go far… but you could make a real difference. You can sponsor a child this Christmas and change their lives for the better in a very real way. We are hoping to welcome a new nursery class in January but need to find new sponsors to offer this opportunity to children in the community.
So when we look for Christ today and someone bringing light to the world around them I will be thinking of Uganda this Christmas. If you want to you too can volunteer to support the projects.
So this advent put simply – Joe I salute you!