Give the Poor a Better Future and Show Them Christ’s Love
Each of the items in this category is truly a gift of compassion. Some gifts generate income for years to come, while others meet immediate practical needs and could save lives. In addition, recipients have a chance to experience the redemptive love of Jesus—the best gift they could ever receive.
All Gifts for the Poor
Vocational Training Class
Vocational training courses train people for occupations such as tailoring or candle making. The classes help people get better jobs so they can break out of the cycle of poverty and provide better lives for their families.
Roofs made of thatch are a common sight across Asia and Africa, but they don’t offer good protection from annual monsoon rains, which means families must spend precious resources repairing or replacing their possessions. These lightweight, sturdy tin roofs give needy families a safe, dry place to call home.
Malaria is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquito nets save lives and offer a restful night’s sleep, free from the sting of disease-laden mosquitoes.
Your gift toward medical ministry can help provide free medical care and health education for people who are suffering and dying from treatable ailments. GFA missionaries organize medical camps in impoverished villages and invite teams of nurses, doctors and other health care professionals to provide free medical care. One medical camp may serve 200 to 1,000 people. Helping provide medical care for a family of five costs as little as $5.
Through medical ministry, families that lack access to medication or have never been taught basic hygiene can receive life-saving treatment and health education, all in the name of the Great Physician: Jesus Christ.
Most families in the impoverished areas in which GFA serves have little or no insulation or indoor heating. Those who sleep on the streets are even more exposed to the cold. Blankets provide comfort and protection and serve as tangible expressions of Christ’s love.
“This is one of my most favorite things to do this time of the year! I can hardly wait to get to heaven to hear the stories of how clean water saved lives or a pair of chickens sustained a family or how a blanket kept someone warm for the winter.” —Denise, a donor from Iowa
Jesus Wells provide fresh water year-round, protecting communities from waterborne illnesses and sparing women and children from spending hours fetching water. Obtaining clean water is also vital for practicing safe hygiene and for supporting healthy immune systems, both of which prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19.
Pastors serving near Jesus Wells are able to share about the Living Water mentioned on the well’s plaque. Providing safe water—either by drilling a new well or maintaining existing wells—is a practical way to show communities how much God and His children care for all people!
Sewing machines mend broken lives. Men and women who lack education are hindered in their ability to provide for their families, but with a sewing machine, they can earn a stable income by sewing clothes. The gift of a sewing machine can remove the hopelessness and poverty hanging over many families, and through this timely help, recipients can realize God’s care for them.
“I was really longing for a machine. ... I have no words to express my feelings and thanks to the church. ... This gift not only helps me to earn a daily income, but also it brought us close to the Living God.” —Raissa, a sewing machine recipient and sister in Christ
BioSand Water Filter
Many people in the areas we serve do not have clean water and as a result battle waterborne illnesses—or even succumb to death. Made with simple materials, BioSand water filters remove 98 percent of biological impurities, providing safe water for drinking and cooking for a family and often for neighbors too! The clean water will improve health and hygiene and will give peace of mind—all of which are expressions of Christ’s care.
More than a billion people worldwide have no choice but to go to the bathroom out in the open, which poses many risks, especially for women and girls who venture into open fields under the cover of darkness. Private outdoor toilets spare families from disease found at communal waste grounds and protects the dignity of men and women.
Compassion Services meets the needs of people in dire situations. During the coronavirus pandemic, for example, GFA missionaries provided face masks, soap, groceries and cooked meals to thousands of people impacted by lockdowns.
When you give to Compassion Services you help enable us to serve people in many needed ways, such as ministering to those in slums and leprosy colonies and even bringing medical care to remote areas. Each area of ministry provides practical, relevant help during times of crisis, such as when poverty becomes life-threatening or after natural disasters. Through these ministries, GFA missionaries are revealing God’s compassion to people in desperate need.
“I lost my mother three years ago, and my father has health issues and he is unable to walk. We depend on begging for our survival. But due to lockdown, we are starving and sleeping [with] empty stomachs. I thank you for providing food [for] us every day.” —a 7-year-old girl, recipient of pandemic relief supplies
Widows and Abandoned Children
In many areas we serve, widows are an invisible part of society. They are commonly ignored, rejected and believed to be the cause of their husbands’ deaths, even cursed in some regions. Their own upbringing often leads them to believe those same things about themselves. Even women who have been abandoned by their husbands face the same sudden crisis as that of widows.
Also, millions of children must fend for themselves either as orphans, runaways or sons and daughters abandoned by their parents. Alone and unprotected, widows and abandoned children face immense practical and emotional hardships. But the Body of Christ can offer support and hope. When you give toward Widows and Abandoned Children, you can help provide things like food, shelter, income-generating gifts, dignity and God’s compassion to women and children in need.
When women learn to read, they can avoid harmful labour contracts, understand warning labels and avoid being cheated at the marketplace. GFA World supports literacy classes that teach adult women how to read and write. After they graduate from these literacy classes, they’re also able to read God’s Word and can grow in their relationship with Him. Your gift towards things like literacy can help enable women to protect themselves and keep their families healthy while also equipping them to draw closer to God.
Order up to 10 free In Honour cards during your donation checkout process. We will mail them to you, and you can give them to your loved ones. Click the images below to view the cards available for order. U.S. and Canada only.
Select from the following designs. One is for children and the other for adults. Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery. Cards ordered after Dec. 15 will not arrive before Christmas
If you’re giving a gift in honour of a friend or loved one, bless them with a GFA Christmas card. After checkout, you may personalise a card for each item and print out on your printer. Then you can hand deliver or send them to your loved ones.
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*Note: To be eligible for 2022’s tax deduction, mailed donations must be postmarked by December 31.
How Your Donations Are Applied
We value your donation and are committed to good stewardship of the funds entrusted to us by our friends and donors. All gift options represent GFA’s actual ministry efforts to meet the diverse needs of individuals and communities. Regardless of particular designations, monies are raised for ministry purposes, and GFA retains discretion to use donated funds in any manner that serves GFA’s charitable objectives.