A Gift That Keeps on Giving

I’ve been struggling with what to get my 16 year old daughter for Christmas. She isn’t just any ordinary 16 year old. She’s compassionate and a deep thinker. She puts a lot of thought into the gifts she gives and I wanted to do the same.

So I came up with this.

I chose a little girl in Africa to sponsor, through World Vision. This little girl has several sisters and one brother, just like my Madison.

We should get the paperwork in 10 days, just in time for Christmas. Madison can send her letters and packages and check on her progress.

I think she will love this Christmas gift and I pray Nditenga will be blessed by it too.

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  1. Awe Connie that is just awesome. My family has been praying about what ministry to join and sponsor this next year. I will be adding World Vision to the others we are bringing to the table or discussion.

  2. That’s beautiful! We give to the Critter Campaign for Gospel for Asia and we too have a child in India that we put through school there. We love giving to the needy. What an excellent idea for your 16 year old. My daughter is 11 and she is the same way. I too find myself struggling for that gift that she will love. Hands down, you picked a winner! God bless you!

  3. We were thinking of doing something like this for our whole family, but I am wondering what is included in the “spiritual nurture” provided. Do they teach baptism for forgiveness of sins? Do they teach the whole truth? I didn’t see anything on there to indicate one way or the other. Wondered if you had any more information. Thanks! :o)

    • Erynn,
      If you’re not comfortable with World Vision, you might look into sponsoring a child through “Children International,” they do not put any funds toward religious programs or proselytizing, so you wouldn’t have to worry about your donation supporting any religious teachings that you are not comfortable with.
      I don’t know too much about World Vision, but it’s my understanding that they are a mainline to evangelical protestant organization and that most mainline to evangelical protestants tend to be comfortable supporting them.

  4. Brilliant!! I am really hoping over time to help transition my extended family towards gifts like this.

  5. I want my family to be your family when we grow up. What an awesome gift and what a special girl you have that I already know she will be so blessed by this.

  6. That’s an amazing idea! I was wondering what to get my 16 year old daughter as well. I love this!

    blessings
    Mrs. White
    The Legacy of Home

  7. Billy Martin says:

    Connie,

    World Vision is a first class organization. The World Vision( USA) CEO Richard Stearns wrote a book entitled, “The Hole in our Gospel”. I read his book and it was a life changing experience for me.

  8. My son is 6 and his birthday is right after Christmas. He really doesn’t need any extra gifts so last year he asked for money from his friends which he used to purchase a donkey, a goat, a beehive, some chickens and a sheep. The organization we used is Oxfam Canada. We’re going to do something similar this year with Unicef and donate bicycles and soccer balls.

  9. That is an absolutely wonderful Christmas gift!

  10. What a great gift..I was about that age when I sponsored a child for the first time..now hubby and I each sponsor a child and look forward to when the kids are old enough to start corresponding with them. I’m sure it’ll be a great experience for your daughter :)

  11. What a wonderful gift! I think my 16 year old daughter would love this too!

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